African Target Mentions Newcastle As A Top Club

Marseilles forward Andre Ayew played the whole game last night for  the French club in their 2-1 loss at home to Arsenal in the Champions League group game, and the 23 year-old was a target of Newcastle over the summer, and the Magpies could follow-up their interest in January for the Ghanaian International.

André Ayew

Andre Ayew – happy enough at Marseilles

His  bother Jordan is also at the Marseilles club,  and the 20 year-old came on as a sub in the second half, and scored the Marseilles goal in stoppage time from a penalty, after Aaron Ramsey had fouled in the penalty box.

We don’t know what happened in the summer in the attempt to sign the Ghanaian winger, or how close we came to signing Andre, but he didn’t end up at Newcastle, and with Liverpool also said to be after the player, it may be difficult to get him on Tyneside.

And it seems that Andre is quite willing to bide his time in the south of France, and wait to see if he gets an opportunity to play in the Premier League.

The 45 times capped Ghanaian International had this to say in La Provence.

“I like a bit of everything about the Premier League, the atmosphere, the game, the fans.” “When I talk with friends who are there, they tell me that the mentality is different.”

“There is a lot of intensity, it is beautiful championship.”  “There are beautiful clubs, Chelsea, Liverpool, both Manchester teams, Newcastle, Everton, Tottenham. They play nicely in beautiful stadiums and they can beat anyone at any time.”

“There are seven teams that can fight to be in the top five, it changes, it’s good.”

We suppose Andre included Newcastle in the seven teams that can fight it out to be in the top five in England, and of course we did finish 5th last year.

It’s not clear who the targets will be this January, but we still need another striker, and maybe a fast and skillful winger would also be good.

Andre or his younger brother Jordan would both be good acquisitions for Newcastle, but January is still a long way off.

And by then the goal has be to have Newcastle in the top seven or so when January rolls around, and then owner Mike Ashley can strengthen the side for s a second half season push for a good finish in the league.

But there again – maybe not. 🙁

What do you think?

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10 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Sep 19, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #1

    no doubt we will be linked with every fuka who owns a pair of boots, again!

  • Toon_Tom

    Sep 19, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #2

    No doubt we will be linked with anyone who owns a pair of boots, again!

  • Toon_Tom

    Sep 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #3

    “but January is still a long way off, the goal has be to have Newcastle in the top seven or so when January rolls around, and then Mike Ashley can strengthen the side for s a second half season”

    unless we are 16th or below in the league, Ashley wont invest IMO!

  • Edd Case

    Sep 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Ayew is a top, top player so it’s right we should be thinking about him, however, Arsene Wenger likes him a lot too.

    In my humble little and insignificant opinion, as good a player as Ayew is, I think we’ve really, really done more than enough business in the French leagues and I’d love to see us buying from the German, Dutch, Italian or heaven forbid, English leagues.
    Would love to see Ince, Hughes and many more homebred players at Newcastle.

    We’ll need some Brit players in sometime soon!

  • John Tudor

    Sep 19, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #5

    if top 7, expect no-one, if in the crap, expect bargain bin extras or out of contract

  • Slank

    Sep 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #6

    The question is, will Newcastle be buying players who are better than our current starting eleven, with the intention of replacing them, or will they be buying players for the squad who may or may not graduate to the first eleven?

    I cannot see the January intake being replaced and that includes Remy who I assume we will try and buy. That leaves Colo, Santon, Ben Arfa, Anita, Cabaye and Cisse.

    I think the players who could find themselves replaced or challenged are Colo, Cabaye and Cisse.

    Colo because he wants to return home after completing his contract. Cabaye because he has already shown his intentions. Cisse because we need more firepower upfront.

  • musomag

    Sep 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #7

    The only targets we should be thinking about getting are….
    A) Kinnear out
    B) Ashley out

  • Country Ken

    Sep 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Ok, thinking outside the box for a moment.

    Buying players in the summer and getting them intergrated in to the team has its issues and takes time. Especially coming from the flimsy french league.

    Does anyone else consider the January transfer window as a blessing? My basis for this is the squad we currently have would appear to have some quality and also a little depth (thanks to the activity last January).

    The 5 signings last season again took time to settle in but they’ve had 6 or so months to get used to the premier league and a full pre-season. Should Mike Ashley release funds again this January does it not bode well for next season. Time to integrate and a full pre-season.

    This will also pressure the current crop to play for thier place in the team. (a possible boost for the final half of the season)

    A possible bright side on an otherwise in-active summer


  • bobby mango

    Sep 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Slank – exactly what you said.

    Colo would be the biggest miss.

    Cabaye can go, if we get a decent ball playing midfielder (or Gosling/Vuckic suddenly surprise us). No need to break the bank on this one.

    Cisse – needs to be replaced whatever. I’d rather see us being linked to strong forwards, who can hold it up and get involved in play. Rather than light winger/forward types. Realise this may mean getting someone less prolific but Remy (if we get him permanently) and HBA should be chipping in with 10+ each in a true 4-3-3.

  • ArtyH

    Sep 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone else think that the way Cisse is playing has anything to do with his brush with management over the summer re the Wonga issue?


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