There is news in France that Sochaux are ready to sell their young striker Cedric Bakambu, who has been linked with Newcastle in the past, but with Luuk de Jong looking likely to arrive on Tyneside in a loan deal for the rest of the season, it would be surprising to us if Newcastle go after Bakambu, even if he is now available.
Cedric Bakambu - Sochaux 22 year-old striker
Sochaux lost 2-0 at home to Montpellier last weekend, and are in desperate trouble of being relegated – they are second bottom of the league and 10 points from safety, so why they would be wanting to sell their best players in January is not known.
The French daily L’Equipe is reporting they want to sell Bakambu to raise the money to strengthen the side in other positions – all before the January transfer window closes in a short 9 days time.
For that to be possible Sochaux would have to have their incoming transfer targets all lined up and sell Bakambu quickly, which seems unlikely.
But on the other hand things do start to move quickly at the end of any transfer window, with clubs forced into making decisions on their transfer targets, one way or the other, before time runs out.
It had been expected that the Sochaux striker would move to Rennes, but they have linked up with Swedish International striker Ola Toivonen, who was also a potential Newcastle target this month.
We would be very surprised if Newcastle go after the 22 year France U20 striker this month, even though he would be made available for a low €3M (£2.5M).
What do you think?
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