Bony Was Offered To Newcastle For £10M – He’s Not Coming

We knew we were interested in Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony a year last January, and there was some news that Newcastle weren’t sure he would make it in the Premier League, and that he wasn’t physical enough to be a success in England.

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Wilfried Bony – had terrific season at Swansea

Swansea signed him for around £13M last summer, but it turns out Newcastle could have got him earlier for just £10M – and that’s according to his agent Dalibor Lacina, who has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today.

Bony scored 17 goals in 34 appearances in the Premier League last season for Swansea,  and in all competitions he scored 26 goals in 48 appearances for the Welsh club.

In his last season in Holland the previous season, he scored 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie appearances for Vitesse.

This is what Lacina told the Shields Gazette today:

“I spoke to Newcastle about Bony last summer. Newcastle should have bought Bony a year ago but they didn’t believe in him.” “They could have signed him for £10M, but they said they weren’t sure if he was good enough, that he was only playing in Holland.”

“I know Wilfried. I brought him over from Africa and I know what he can do. I used to be a player and a coach myself.” “I told them that he would score goals wherever he played but it was only Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins who took the risk.”

“Now he is worth £20M, “Newcastle is a traditional, fantastic club but they are always the same with transfers. I was in contact with them a couple of years ago over Tomas Ujfalusi, who played for Atletico and Fiorentina, but it was a similar story.”

“The next step for Bony is a top-six team in England or a top team in Germany, Spain or France, or he will stay with Swansea.” “We have a certain strategy. Bony is in a totally different place to Newcastle and wants to move to a club with ambition.”

“We have had no contact with Newcastle.”

What’s that saying about fortune favors the brave – and there’s a dig at Newcastle by the agent about not being ambitious enough – but fans know we don’t have any big ambitions these days, and probably will not have as long as Mike Ashley owns the club.

Newcastle are hardly gung-ho in the transfer market – but you win some and you lose some – and to be fair we have made some stellar signings over the last four years in the transfer market.

But certainly we have lost out big time on Wilfried Bony, and of course there’s just no way he will ever be coming to Newcastle United.

It’s a case where Alan Pardew and Graham Carr and probably others at Newcastle,  completely misjudged the abilities of a player and how he would fare in the Premier League.

Wilfried was one of the top Premier League strikers last season.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Shaker

    Jun 13, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    just too shame !!
    even the other Clubs & Agents know that
    there is a problem with Newcastle’s ambition 🙁

    I Hope Lee Charnley & Alan Pardew read
    what this agent says .

  • cyprus

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Maybe the blame can go on Carr’s door… Another myth busted?

    BuckLuck, your assessment of AP is fair, sadly!

  • Macas

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    What’s the big deal? You can’t get every transfer decision right. People were complaining when we only got De Jong on loan but that proved to be a wise move in the end. We’ve done fairly well with players we have brought in on the whole.

  • lesh

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4


    So we were aiming to get our I comers signed up before the World Cup?

    Which World Cup I wonder.

    All this bull hit coincides with the drive to sell season tickets but it’s not worked this time – fans appear to have demonstrated that hype means nothing and actions that show some ambition’s required.

    Words mean nothing and The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ comes to mind.

  • lesh

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5


    * our I comers = our incomers

  • outsidethebox

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #6

    hull in for harry mcguire….toon should be in for him …centre backs should be priority ..

  • ToonMatt

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Are these the same amateurs that bought Papiss Cisse? Absolute bunch of muppets!!

  • martoon

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Very easy to criticise with 20 20 hindsight. There are always going to be players who get away. Bony still could be a 1 season wonder like our very own Cisse.

  • Slank

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Buying a striker from abroad who has never played in the Premiership before is a greater risk than buying someone who has played in the Premiership. Some foreign players adapt and do well whilst others don’t.

    Last season fans on here were critical of the club because they didn’t buy Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Just as well the club didn’t buy him as it turned out. Perhaps he will do better in the championship!

    Our best example was Jon Dahl Tomasson who was a prolific scorer before he came to us and a prolific scorer when he left us but didn’t score in between.

    I’m sure there are other examples. Clubs can’t always get it right, even the best.

  • theartfuldodger

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Shanker is right….Our lack of Ambition is very evident publicly now…
    Having said that Bonys agent talks abt a top 6 club…We need to be quicker at transfers cause clubs between 7-10 are feeder clubs aka stepping stones…look at southampton…If we dont react quickly to players like cabaye remy etc leaving then we will lose even more soon and drop down…

    I wonder how this club does its transfer dealings…so many ppl coming out and criticizing…

  • sweendog

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    stay at Swansea then Bony .. 🙂

  • Shaker

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #12

    # Macas

    Let me remind you of Bigirimana , Amalfitano
    Marveaux , HBA , MYM , Santon ,
    do you think we did great with these
    and do you think we let them to bring out
    all there potentials ?

    stop defending this idiotic policy !!
    Newcastle was ABSOLUTELY wrong with the transfers
    in the last 2 years !!

    thats a FACT .

  • Shaker

    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    their *

  • sweendog

    Jun 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    on the Bony topic we should be run like a top 6 club but we’re run like a 8-16th club .. poor and there is only one root cause ..

  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #15

    We all know that we will NOT buy anyone unless they are on a free … Like Cabella we offer peanuts and wonder why we don’t get them approved … Gone are the days when we could rob the likes of Cabaye … Its going to be very worrying as in January we will be bottom of the league because of Ashleys Penny Pinching ..

  • Charlietoon

    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh I didn’t realise that agents only say there payers are good if they are actually good. It was my impression they would say whatever they could to get a move and new pay check at any time.

  • usmagpie

    Jun 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Its Funny agents giving us crap, did they forget about the Andy Carroll deal ( HOW MANY MILLIONS ).


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