The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are interested in 24 year-old Metz striker Diafra Sakho, and we were first linked with this striker in France early last month, so this is not completely new news.
Diafra Sakho – 24 year-old Senegal striker
But we hope these links with strikers are accurate, because we need at least two stop strikers brought in this summer, and probably even more than that, with Luuk de Jong struggling to make an impact.
The 24 year-old has just one year left on his contract at Metz, and therefore could be brought in on the cheap, but we are more interested in getting some class strikers to the club, rather than mediocre players who come at a low fee.
Sakho has not played for Senegal at any level, and therefore there have to be some doubts about whether he’s good enough for Newcastle, but we would still trust Graham Carr’s evaluation of the player.
The lad is 6 ft tall and was born in Guédiawaye in Senegal, and joined Metz in the summer of 2009, and so far this season he has scored 15 goals in 28 appearances for the French club, who are top of the French second division by 5 points from second placed Lens.
For Diafra to come from playing in the French second division to the Premier League seems a huge jump in class, and over his career at Metz he has played 81 times and hit only 23 goals for his French club.
So it seems that only this season he has started to score the goals, but it’s a step down in class to the French second division, so it’s hard to tell how good he would be at Newcastle United.
He would cost no more than £2M, which for Newcastle should be chicken-feed, in that we will be coming into a lot of money from the Premier League in May, and we still have £20M from the untimely sale of Yohan Cabaye in January.
Not sure this lad would be good enough for Newcastle – what do you think?
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