We always thought that Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac was too old at 29 to be a serious target for Newcastle United, and today there is news he is to move to Russia and Dynamo Moscow.
Andre-Pierre Gignac– 29 year-old not coming to Newcastle
Newcastle’s transfer policy could change in the summer and we may bring in more experienced players, but there has been no hint of that with the players we are said to be scouting.
The news is coming from La Provence in France, and maybe the only reason Newcastle would have been interested in the French International striker is that he becomes a free agent in the summer after five years with the south of France club.
And Mike Ashley likes cheap deals – sorry we meant to say Mike likes good deals.
While at Marseilles, Gignac has a very good record of 180 appearances with 72 goals and 14 assists, and this season he’s scored 18 goals in 31 appearances.
The other reason Ashley doesn’t like to sign older players is that they are usually past their best, and their wages tend to be high.
The Newcastle owner likes to bring in younger players who are cheaper – sorry – who come at a lower transfer fee – and they can then improve on Tyneside.
And then they are sold on at a (big) profit in a few years.
Well, at least that seems to be Mike’s MO at Newcastle.
Even though we have been linked with the 29 year-old for a few years now, it was always unlikely that he would come to Newcastle with Mike Ashley still the owner.
Andre-Pierre Gignac played 19 times for France with 5 goals, and he’ll certainly find a big difference in climate at Moscow compared to Marseilles.
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