With some of Newcastle top targets seeming to be out of reach this summer, the club may have to turn to some of our secondary targets, and one of them seems to be Colombian forward Victor Ibarbo.
Victor Ibarbo in Columbia colors – a skillful forward
Ibarbo is a forward who seems quite versatile, and he can play up front, on the wing or even in central midfield, and he’s looked a decent player in the World Cup finals for Columbia.
He started the first two games, but hasn’t seen any action in the last two games as Columbia advanced to the quarter finals with a good 2-0 win over Uruguay, with goals from James, one of them maybe being the goal of the tournament so far, and he could be the young star of the World Cup.
Ibarbo plays for Cagliari and they will allow their 24-year-old striker/winger leave this summer, and the transfer fee doesn’t seem too bad – at £8M – although maybe that’s a little inflated.
Victor is well-built at 6′ 2¨, and his size and physical prowess could be a (big) plus in the Premier League, and he could be a good signing for the club.
The 24 year-old was born in Tumaco, Colombia and he has 10 full caps for Columbia and one goal, and he started his career at Colombian club Atletico Nacional, before he joined Cagliari in July of 2011 for just under £1M.
While at Cagliari he has played 111 times for the Serie A club with 13 goals and 11 assists, and he has not been a top goalscorer in Italy, and last season he hit four goals with three assists in 30 Serie A games.
Barcelona, Stuttgart, Juventus and Napoli are all reported to be interested in signing him, so if that’s really true, it may be difficult to get the player to St. James’ Park.
But Newcastle will need to ensure we can get players in this summer, and if we cannot get our top targets through the door then we’ll have to move down the list and Victor Ibarbo looks like a very decent player with lots of skill.
A Sportsman evening Rob Lee and Don Goodman will take place on Friday evening, July 11th at Hedworth Hall, so if you would like to attend this exciting event here is the information.
Written from Winchester, England.