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Newcastle Interested In Italian International Striker

There is a report out today that Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino, who is rated at €15M,  has become a target for Premier League side Newcastle United.

Alberto Gilardino – Newcastle interested – not for £12.5M

Itasportpress.it is reporting the 28-year-old is a target for Newcastle come January.

The report suggests that a €15M (about £12.5M) bid for the Italian International from Newcastle, would have the Fiorentina club sell their striker –  we’re sure they would.

The 44 times capped Gilardino threatened to quit the Italian club last summer when he questioned their ambition.

Now we don’t want to spoil the party, but let’s say that this report seems just ridiculous – for a number of different reasons.

First of all Newcastle are after younger players, and a 28 year-old is just too old, and just exactly where Newcastle would find £12.5M for just one player is another good question.

Newcastle spent around £5M in the summer to bring in five good players to the Newcastle club, and as we said, this story is hard to be taken seriously and would appear to have no validity to it at all.

Apart from that we suppose it’s interesting.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • tdt

    Sep 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #1

    maybe for like £5m if his contract was expiring, otherwise that would be a freddy purchase, not a fatty purchase.

  • ronaldeano

    Sep 18, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #2

    I smell bullshiit….. :0)

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 18, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3


  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 18, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    sure we could sign a better striker for less, Lavezzi would be less than that and hes younger and whole lot better, gilardino has no pace and wouldnt do a very good job in english prem so no thanks, plus they is no way on this planet that we would pay 12.5million for a 28 year old stiker when we wouldnt pay 7mil for a 21 year old.

  • batty

    Sep 18, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #5


  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 18, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    I think you have covered it there Edd, too old (unless he was going for a bargain price) he will not get any better from here in he is already at his peak.

    Is too expensive if the 15mil price tag is correct it’s about time that prices started to get back to some sort of sensible level, in my mind it is not really the purchase price but the associated deal that the players agent demands, that is the biggest drain on the clubs resources. When you think we only paid 17 mil for owen but he cost us over 40mil for absolutely “f” all in four seasons.

    In some ways this “you can only spend in relation to what you earn” means that the clubs that carry the better support should over the piece end up doing better as they have more cash for team development, but it also means that the teams that want to progress need to find ways of making themselves more attractive to their fans, as their fan base increases so does their potential available money increase.

  • Davies

    Sep 18, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    We still slate Owen, but if he said he’d come back at a more reasonable price and would be happy with a place on the bench (as per his deal with Man Utd), I’d be happy to have him. He offers pretty much what Nolan does, but a little better. Not the best legs on the pitch, but more often than not he’s in the right place at the right time.

  • Davies

    Sep 18, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d also have Beye back in a heartbeat too.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 18, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #9

    id take Beye back straight away..we need a decent right back and he is certainly tht plus he is good getting forward aswel, would never take owen back be a waste of money and very injury prone rather jus giv wor nile a chance

  • Pradajames

    Sep 18, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Beye was one of the few who went down fighting…suffers from lacks in concentration but def have him back.

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 18, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #11

    GeordieToon89 why you getting all screwed up about pace???

    Some of the best strikers there have ever been in the prem have not been noted for pace but just have ability to be in the right place at the right time and the ball is in the net, our very own AS was never the fastest around, Ruud Van Nestlé boy, Robbie Fowler, Les Ferdinand, Teddy Sheringham, Frank Lampard, there are plenty other slowish prolific prem scorers so why the hang up over “he’s not fast”

    In fact Matt Le Tissier scored 101 premiership goals and he was noted for have two paces stand still and jog, the bulk of the top 100 prem scorers

    Stuff pace just give me some one that knows where the goal is, has the hunger and is not scared to have a pop, and you will have your goal scorer.

  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 18, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #12

    TWO Numbers – Age 28 Price 12.5Mil. rather have wolfsewinkle

  • altern8tif

    Sep 18, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry but please don’t bring Owen back to Newcastle!!

    Owen is past his prime and never offered much in a black and white jersey. Even if you do consider Owen a better replacement for Nolan, he never did seem to give his all for the team. Nolan plays with his heart on his sleeve, is a much better player overall, and a much better captain as well.

  • ZidaneMan

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m with GeordieToon. Bringing in Lavezzi would be a lot better value for money. He is very quick and strong, just the sort of striker that Carroll should have playing next to him. Lavezzi could run onto any headers and knockdowns from him.

  • dbeeio

    Sep 19, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #15

    notice we’re linked with players tht are falling out with their clubs

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 19, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #16

    This made me laugh.

    Hes a whining cheating pussy of a player, exactly what we dont want.

    Typical Italian player, wont hack it in the prem and hes best years behind him. Plus for a fee thats more than twice the amount we spent on 5 players in the summer…..

  • Phil K

    Sep 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Bit older than Chrissy normally goes for, and hasn’t pulled any trees up to warrant that kind of fee.
    Have major doubts.
    Can’t see Mike A being happy spending so much on a 28 year old


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