Is This The International Striker Newcastle Want In January?


There has been news recently that Newcastle want to bring 28 year-old Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac in during the upcoming January transfer window, when he will be available at a nominal fee, because his contract runs out next June.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic in action in friendly against France in September

The reports are that Newcastle scouts have been watching the striker, but the French International will be 29 next month, and owner Mike Ashley usually likes to sign younger players whose value will increase once they arrive at Newcastle and hopefully start improving.

So we have our doubts about Gignac coming to Newcastle, even though he is a very good striker and has a great record in his time at Marseilles – 64 goals in 160 total appearances since joining the French club from Toulouse in the summer of 2010.

A much younger striker we have been linked with in the past month or so and one we are said to be tracking closely is Anderlecht’s 20 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic, and he fits the profile of players Newcastle want to sign very closely.

The 10 times capped Serbian International only turned 20 in September, and is likely to improve once on Tyneside, and his value will rise.

However, Newcastle will have to pay a lot more for him than for Gignac – if only because of the age difference – almost nine years.

But that could still be the better deal for Newcastle and one that Mike Ashley would go for.

Mitrovic joined Anderlecht from Partizan in the summer of last year – and in less than one a half seasons in Belgium he has 27 goals in 59 appearances.

And while at Partizan for the two years before that,  he scored 18 goals in 42 appearances and that was all before he even turned 19 years old.

The transfer fee last year that Anderlecht paid Partizan was £4M – so that could have more than doubled now – with his good performances in Belgium.

But since the lad is only 20,  he could improve big time on Tyneside, and become worth a lot more in say a couple of years, if he starts scoring goals in the Premier League.

Aleksandar Mitrovic has played for the Serbian U19 (13 appearances, 5 goals) and U21 sides (8 appearances, 6 goals), and he now has 10 full caps for Serbia with one goal, after making his debut only last year.

So between the two strikers – the 6′ 3¨ Serbian would appear to be the better bargain – even though he will be more expensive than the Frenchman.

What do you think?

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53 comments so far

  • G

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Mitrovic over Cignac, hes been in steady decline for over a year now.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Looking foward to Qpr and floppy chops, old Harry will let us know who we’re buying and selling.

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  • Carl92

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Definitely take him, he’s got loads of potential. Ideally bring in someone more experienced but certainly wouldn’t complain if we ended up with him. Well thats if we even buy a striker haha

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  • swemag

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Each and everyone on here knows this will not happen. 10 million plus for a 20 year old is not in Ashleys mind.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Mag52,
    I don’t recall your heartfelt defence of Pardew after our third loss in a row to the mackems or our 0-6 defeat to Lpool or the two lots of four and six defeats in a row, I can’t remembering you crowing about the football either as we lumbered 1-0 wins against Villa and Palace, I can’t remember you leaping to his rescue when 40odd thousand were screaming at him against Cardiff either. Where’ve you been Mag52? ??

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #6

    ADO Den Haag, Striker, Michiel Kramer, Hollands Leading Goalscorer !

    Rotterdam Feyenoord are reportedly after him in Jan !

    A lot cheaper than Gijnac and Mitrovic !

    Plus, the added bonus is no-one knows who he is, so he will be a total surprise to the rest!

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  • mindshaft

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Whoever it is, he’ll be young and cheap

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  • Mag52

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail.

    The earliest of those were before my time on the blog.
    I’ll only speak up for the guy if I feel the criticism is unjustified or unbalanced.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #9

    tuffers

    i dont know the meal stealing story could you supply a link? id like to be able to read the facts for myself without any spin
    i myself heard a rumour pardew is the mastermind behind isis – a story which as of yet has neither been proved or disproved

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Mag52,
    We’ll I’ve been blogging through thin and thinner and I’m entitled to my criticism.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #11

    wolf – posted something about it the other day – hang fire and I’ll search out the link with quotes.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #12
  • optimistic prime

    Nov 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #14

    What a guy Pardew is!
    Always conducts himself so well.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #15

    That photo proves his glasses are fake as well as he would have been wearing them for an important shoot like that. Islam prohibits fake glasses as an act of vanity.

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  • croftus5678

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #16

    hi guys hope everyones well today ?

    imo mitrovic is a great player and for someone so young plays like a seasoned no9 just not as prolific !

    saying that i wouldnt turn down gignac either considering we only need him for a season or 2 untill arma is properly ready.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Do people honestly, really believe that we’ll be signing anyone in January.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #18

    JFA

    No

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Selling maybe

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #20

    jail

    I believe any incomings will be linked to our league position around the mid of jan

    think most will agree we will prob lose tiote if the fee is good enough after whats been said in the summer

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #21

    oh sorry my last post might be to negative for some on here let me get my rose tinted glasses put them on

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Beer

    We’ll have money in the bank!

    Positivety

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #23

    tuffers

    do suspect pardew likes to walk around ‘tooled up’? 🙂

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #24

    *you

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  • Graeme

    Nov 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Wolfs – probably more like walks around as a “tool”!!!!

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #26

    prime

    always good to have cash in the bank
    the untouched tv income is prob making a few quid in interest 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #27

    wolf – with King Percy knocking about in the area -nobodys’ meal is safe. If he fancies someones scoff he’ll be onto them in a flash with his mega spoon and devour their scran -accompanied by banshee like cries of “I am the King”.
    My God it’s like a horror movie.

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  • lesh

    Nov 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #28

    No way we’ll go for Gignac – Ashley wouldn’t go near anything even the tines bit shady would he!

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/nov/18/marseille-president-custody-gignac-transfer-police

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  • Graeme

    Nov 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh – do they do the PR for FIFA by any chance – looks like they are tarred with the same brush!!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Good evening everyone I’m back and this time I’m on good behaviour.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #31

    Beer

    Pounds mean prizes, I think

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #32

    welsh

    didn’t know u had gone
    where did u go

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #33

    prime

    prizes not for us

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #34

    beermonkey

    Last couple of days my comments were being blocked and I didn’t know why until I had a word with Ed, so after what he said to me I’m on best behaviour.

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  • optimistic prime

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Beer

    The amount of money we have in the bank surely were due a money box a umbrella or even a cuddle toy?

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #36

    welsh

    u been a bad boy

    prime

    we all like a cuddly toy

    its funny prime but we do have a real shot at the league cup can we win it mmm mmm not sure but we got a great shout at it, the only teams for us to fear would be Chelsea and southampton

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Welsh

    The other day Expat called me a Mackem. How can anything you said be worse than that!!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Canny in Canberra

    I don’t want to get in to trouble again with ed but I’m only going to say this once, the people on here who got me banned should be banned themselves, I got a feeling who they are but I’m just going to leave it like that.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Anyway more important things to worry about like 3 points this weekend.

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #40

    welsh

    gonna be tough to get 3 depending on injuries

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