The reports today are that Newcastle are very busy trying to sign Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar, who spent last season on loan at Besiktas in Turkey.
There’s a report out today in the Star that Newcastle are very close to signing the 25 year-old Cameroon international in what seems like a reasonable £9M deal.
Aboubakar spent last season on loan at Besiktas and the Turkish League Champions are very keen to keep him at the club.
So there will be competition for the Magpies from Besiktas, with club official Metin Albayrak having said they have entered into formal talks with Porto over the sale of the striker.
This is what Albayrak has said in Turkish-Football today:
“We want Aboubakar and have entered talks, there are lots of rumours but our negotiations are continuing.”
It’s not surprising the famous Istanbul club want Aboubakar to stay after he helped them win the Turkish League last season with 19 goals in 38 total games for the club on loan.
But the news we heard yesterday was that Besiktas cannot compete with Newcastle’s financial muscle for both the fee or his compensation, but they can offer the player Champions League group stage football for next season.
Newcastle are said to be in advanced talks with the player’s reps so let’s hope we can do the deal, especially since Tammy Abraham has decided to join Swansea on loan.
It would be a great time to sign him and soften any blow that Abraham doesn’t want to come to the Tyneside club.
Vincent signed for Valenciennes in Ligue 2 in 2010 from Cameroon club Coton Sport and he stayed there for three years before moving to Lorient in 2013, before finally moving to Porto one year later.
While at Lorient he scored 17 goals with 8 assists in 36 appearances and while at Porto he’s scored 26 goals in 62 total appearances with 7 assists.
Aboubakar has 57 caps for Cameroon with 17 goals and he was the hero in January when he scored the winning goal in the final against Egypt after 88 minutes as Cameroon win the African Cup of Nations beating Egypt 2-1.
He would be a great signing for us – especially for £9M.