Andre Pierre Gignac has been a Newcastle target for a couple of years now, and his contract at Marseilles runs out next June, when he will become a free agent.
Andre Pierre Gignac – 28 year-old Marseilles striker
Gignac has scored 10 league goals in just 10 appearances this season for Marseilles, who are top of the French League, four points clear of PSG, and their striker has been in top form.
The news in France is that Marseilles President Vincent Labrune thinks they may be unable to sign the 28 year-old.
Labrune thinks he could leave the club:
“It’s going to happen because employer contributions and taxes have gone through the roof in France.”
“We would like to keep him, but it seems to me utopian to think that he will lower his salary to stay with us.”
“With his current displays, he is more likely to get better offers – but he loves the city and the club, so we’re going to talk.”
Arsenal and Newcastle are said to be the two clubs most interested in the striker, who turns 29 in December.
About 18 months ago Gignac rubbished reports he could moving to Newcastle, and we’d surprised if the Magpies can be successful in signing the French International striker.
This is what Gignac told L’Equipe in August, 2013
‘You think I would say, having turned the tide, that I’m going? You don’t know me well.” ‘I have never wanted to leave – the links with Newcastle and the rest, it is all bulls***.”
‘My mind is always on OM and I let Jean-Christophe Cano (his agent), Vincent Labrune (OM President) and Jose Anigo (Sporting Director) know that.”
And there could be bids for the striker in January, so that Marseilles at least get something for their striker than lose him for nothing next summer.
However he is a key player, and Marseilles are unlikely to let him go half way through the season, as they attempt to win the French League.
In five seasons at Marseilles, Gignac has played 158 games with 64 goals and 12 assists, and in the summer he will come at a decent price, although he may be too old for Newcastle.
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