There were three strikers Newcastle were said to be interested in this January, one was Bafe Gomis of Lyon, and the other two were PSV Eindhoven striker Ola Toivonen, and Heerenveen’s 24 year-old striker Alfred Finnbogason.
Ola Toivonen – likely to stay at PSV
We should probably cross Ola off the list, since it seems that PSV may be able to persuade their striker to stay with them, and www.telegraaf.nl is reporting that PSV Technical Director Marcel Brands is confident Toivonen will stay at the Dutch club.
This is what Brands had to say today:
“I have no indication that he does not intend to sign. Otherwise, he would not let us wait so long. Why would he do that?” “Talks were agreed last week when Mino was in America,”
“We need to see if we will meet or speak by phone.” That word deadline is not applicable. We have made the appointment, which Ola agreed would happen before he joins up with the national team.”
Mino is Toivonen’s agent Mino Raiola, so we’ll have to see if PSV can get a deal done to keep their Swedish International striker.
The news was that Ola was available for a cut price £2.5M, since his contract runs out at the end of June.
Bafe Gomis would be available for around £4M, which is less than half the price Newcastle agreed for the striker in August, but Joe Kinnear couldn’t get the deal done because of the excessive fees his agent demanded.
And Alfred Finnbogason was offered to Newcastle for £5M in the summer, and he would presumably be available for that same fee in January.
Those transfer fees are within the range that Newcastle can afford for players these days.