Newcastle To Make Move For Long Term Target In January

Newcastle have been interested in Marseilles Ghanaian winger Andre Ayew for over a couple of years now, and there is news in the French press today that Newcastle could make a bid for him in January.

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Andre Ayew – in Ghanaian colors during World Cup last summer

There is a report on the French web-site that Newcastle United have contacted Marseilles over the possibility of signing the 56 times capped Ghanaian International winger.

Andre’s contract in France runs out at the end of next June, when he will become a free agent, and his French club may want to cash in on him during the January transfer window, rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Andre was available for around £4M over the summer months, and could now be available for about half that price – and that could be an attractive deal for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.

Since making his debut for Marseilles back in August of 2007 as a 17 year-old in a league match against Valencienne, Andre has played 241 times for the top French club with 58 goals and 245 assists.

And for a player who has so much experience at club level and International level, he only turns 25 next month.

Newcastle have a number of top youngsters coming through on the wings such as Rolando Aarons and Sammy Ameobi (plus Remy Cabella),  so there will be a trade-off as to whether Newcastle need to bring in a goal-scoring winger.

But it seems Ayew would offer a lot of experience, and he’s certainly a good player, still quite young at 24 –  and had a very good World Cup in Brazil.

He’s also available for a knock-down price.

What do you think?

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115 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Goufran….out. lol

  • Scottiedog

    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    No Thanks!!!!!

  • JDdubai

    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    245 assists for marseille in 241 games……….

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Hmmmm…u must be kidding!

  • Graeme

    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Does he bring more than we already have? If not, he’s not needed. Bring in the striker we DO need – much more use!!!

  • toonking

    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #6

    andy carroll again!

    for every negative their is a positive, think about it we all know ourselve that corners are awful, trouble is we have got no striker with the phsical stength or height for those kicks.

    We all get sick of willo going into the box and we all know he is so poor with height but we don’t have any striker who provides us with the height either so really we’ll never score them set pieces because passing is no good with a box being so crowded.

    people might think height causes hoofball, then again hoofball can be played just as much with a fast striker like rooney because we’ll just need to hoof it foward and then ronney chases it from there knowing he has more space. hoofball is done when defenders kick it sky high.

    the difference between a tall striker and a striker like perez is tall strikers are wanting crosses where as strikers like perez want lots of space.

    carroll is the phsical striker who will get 2 or 3 players surrounding him so perez has now got more space himself, so we do the pass, he recieves it easily and whilst carroll is constantly keeping the defenders close to himself perez can use the space for an effort on goal.

  • Sazzer

    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #7

    I went to bed yesterday. So I reply now.

    Well you describe that Douglas article as interesting. So I guess I just misunderstood they way in which you found his article “interesting”.

  • Sliema

    Nov 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #8


    Can’t be true.

  • Graeme

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Sazzer, I found it interesting, coming as it does, from an angle I hadn’t considered prior to reading it. Now, wether it is true, or not – or even plausible, only time will tell.

    Non of us really know why he bought NUFC. Even today, we have no idea what his real objectives are.

    I have been following NUFC since the early 1960’s, more than 50 years, and I’m still no nearer understanding it than I was back then!!!!

  • hibbit

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    graeme to be honest i think we are all in the same boat just some have a different take on what they think they know in truth none of us know

  • ToonLynx

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #11

    To those asking do we need another winger:

    Yes we do!!! But for the right!
    Obertan is our only out and out right winger so we really need someone there

    I’d want us to go for Mohamed Salah! Apparently he isnt wanted at Chelsea and free to leave. We’ve scouted him before when he was at basel and is still young so can play for years to come.

  • Belfast

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    We won’t be signing anybody in January let’s be honest

  • Belfast

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #13

    We’re currently well on course to meet our target so the chances of fat boy opening his cheque book are very slim.

    Badly need a striker if you ask me, preferably one who can hold the ball up.

    Gingac would be ideal in my opinion.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Seen this guy play a few times. The speed of him is devastating. I think he would fit in our system really well. Although we do need a striker more than anything else.

  • Belfast

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Gignac I meant

  • Sazzer

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t see what’s new about this new angle or theory. But I guess I just wasn’t the target audience for the article.

  • Graeme

    Nov 28, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Sazzer, it was an article in the Chronicle putting forward a possible theory of what Mike Ashley is trying to do at NUFC and his long term objectives. I dont know if its right; it could be plausible and if MA pulls it off, he will go down as a revolutionary in global football.

  • Pugwash

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #18


    From the Overweight Striker post.

    That is the most sensible thing I have read on this Blog for a long, long time – I fully agree.

  • toon kk

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #19

    All the speculation about big named players is absolute rubbish. We all know that isn’t how Mash runs the club. He won’t buy in January, as long as he thinks we’re safe. If there’s any business done he’ll be looking to cash someone in.
    MA just wants SD advertising not European football, he’s already had his fingers burnt by that.

  • cyprus

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #21

    The Hammers were the team in form a few weeks ago but their wins have dried up, and it is Newcastle who are on a hot streak now.
    Five wins in a row have seen Newcastle surge into fifth, one spot above West Ham, but I see both teams ending up nearer mid-table than where they are right now.
    This is an interesting one for both managers, with West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew both up against their former clubs – a point apiece will probably keep them both happy.
    Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
    Henning’s prediction: 1-1

  • Pugwash

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #22


    The lack of goal scoring opportunities from corners of wide set-pieces it concerning. At one time they were seen as a decent chance to create something, even now they are always met with a cheer. Unfortunately time and time again, either the delivery is dire or no one has the ability to attack the ball. Surely we must be doing better than we are, even with the players we have got now and have had recently?

  • HTT

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Dunno why people think this definitely won’t happen, 2 mill for a 24 year old with a lot of potential. This is the most feasible story in my eyes, especially with Obertan injured.

    Also someone explain to me why we so desperately need another striker? We have Cisse, Perez, Armstrong in that order for the no 9. spot and Cabella, SDJ (who is pretty much nailed on to start when fit) for no 10. spot.

    For me RW is where we’re short a player.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #24



    50k fans do not line his pockets.

    They line the club as a separate legal entities pockets.

    Ive said a million times Mike Ashley and the Club are separate. He may own the club but the club profit is not one and the same as his bank account.

    Go read a book or take a course.

    Or maybe set up your own company and then you’ll understand organic growth.

    Here’s a question?

    Would you be willing to pay an extra £20 per match day ticket if that meant we signed more players. That is what would have to happen.

    We may have more fans at the stadium than most but we also charge a hell of a lot less.

    Look at Arsenal, one of few self-sufficient clubs. They sell to buy and charge a fortune for tickets to raise money.

    I implore you to take a long hard look at the next set of accounts. Study them. And then tell me how MA is robbing the club and the geordie nation.

    Southampton fans understand this. They lost their best players in the summer and replaced with far cheaper prospects exactly like we do.

    Everton do the same.

    Now if you know a rich sheik that is an avid newcastle fan and is willing to bank roll us then line him up for a takeover.

    MA is doing what any other responsible owner is doing by keeping the club self-sufficient.

    We havent won owt, we’re not a big global brand and quite frankly not that many people give a toss about us outside of newcastle unless they have family ties (like myself).

    Name another club in our position, that matches the criteria above that is showing any more ambition than us and is trying to do anything other than maintain top flight status and achieve a top 10 finish occasionally sneaking EL?

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #25

    241 times 245 assists

    Think that must be a typo Ed!!!

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Rotonda heights

    If its not we should snap him up. That would be insane.

  • Pugwash

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #27


    I am all for bringing in top players into the club, no matter where they play but surely it is obvious that the priorities lie at the back and up front.

    We desperately need a striker because:

    Cisse is struggling with fitness and can be more miss than hit
    Perez has done well but is lightweight, small and cannot be relied on yet.
    Armstrong is obviously not doing enough in the first team squad to warrant a start.
    Cabella has been mediocre so far.
    SDJ is injured and is yet unproven in the squad.
    Riviere is injured and has hardly set the world alight.

    All these players may come good, and them I will be wrong but it could be a long season if the worst happens!

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #28

    HTT…I think we need atleast one striker as cisse will definitely head to AFCON in early Jan and u know what happened to ferry,Revy hasn’t hit the gnd running yet.If Perez get injured, we may struggle scoring goals.
    On Ayew,like him to replace Goofy,esp at 3or 4m,is bargain. But the only set back will be may head to ACN in middle of season as well.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #29

    The newest member of the Toon army arrived an hour ago, little lad to go to football with 🙂

  • HTT

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Pug you might be right mate, in a perfect world we probably would bring in another striker but it would certainly limit the development of Perez, Armstrong, Riviere (didn’t even mention him in my last post).

    I just don’t see the situation as that desperate, I’m enjoying seeing Perez get a chance and I’d like to see Armstrong get some more playing time as well. Bring in another striker this situation is likely to change quite a bit.

  • HTT

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Reyan yea I forgot about AFCON, that period could be a problem if we don’t strengthen I guess. I’m still on the fence with this one tho.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #32



  • optimistic prime

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #33



    You calling him Mike or Alan?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #34

    245 assists in 241 is incredible. Not sure that Ayew has the pace. Would rather sign Konoplyanka for £10m

  • Pugwash

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #35

    HTT some of the fringe players have only shone because AP has been forced to make changes through injury etc. I love seeing players getting an unexpected chance and coming good but I as it stands (and you never know who else might come good) we do not have enough quality options IMO.

    We have started to create chances and goal scoring opportunities but still barely manage to put one away each game. Luckily that has been enough in recent games.

  • cyprus

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Congrats JFA 🙂

  • Pugwash

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #37


    Hope he hasn’t inherited the moaning gene or you’ll never get any sleep.

    Seriously tho – congrats

  • cyprus

    Nov 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #38

    That’s naughty

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #39
  • cyprus

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #40

    By the time he grows up to go to a game Alan will still be on his long contract 🙂


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