Newcastle should soon – hopefully – be signing 28 year-old Roma and Ivory Coast International striker Seydou Doumbia on loan – and Sky Sports are reporting he is already on Tyneside for his medical.
And the news today is that Newcastle want to sign another striker before the window closes tomorrow night at 11:00 pm, with the two choices seeming to be West Brom striker Saido Berahino and Swansea striker Bafe Gomis – a former target of ours when he was still at Lyon back in 2013.
Saido Berahino in action against Peterborough yesterday
The only way West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace will sell is if a sizable bid comes in tomorrow for his 22 year-old striker.
It seems Newcastle will have to pay out £7M and around £60K/week for Bafe Gomis and he is not a strategic signing for us with him already being 30.
The news is that he wants a three and a half year deal and Newcastle have offered a deal one year less than that.
Rather than do that why wouldn’t we go in tomorrow with a very good bid for Saido and try to get that deal done – which is a strategic one for Newcastle?
The Sunday Express are reporting today Newcastle are readying a bid of over £20M for the England U21 International and they are reporting it’s an even bet whether the deal is accepted.
It could be similar to the way Liverpool came in for Andy Carroll five years ago, but ended up paying £35M for the Gateshead lad, after their initial bid of £25M was turned down along with other interim bids before the got to £35M.
We don’t want to overpay for the player of course, like Liverpool famously did for Carroll and if Newcastle’s bid is not accepted – and they will already have decided how high they will go for Berahino – then it looks like we will do a £7M deal for Bafe Gomis.
But it looks like Newcastle will give it their best shot for Berahino before going after Gomis.
So the plan is to get one more striker in tomorrow – and we hope Newcastle can somehow get another Englishman through the door – and if they can do that it would be a huge coup for Newcastle United.
It’s something we really need right now.