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Club To Keep Star Striker Despite Newcastle Interest


Yesterday, there was a report that Newcastle were chasing Lille striker Victor Osimhen for a winter window transfer swoop. The 20-year-old has been in outstanding form for the Ligue 1 club scoring 8 goals in his 12 appearances.

Osimhen just joined Lille for £10.8m this past August so it’s highly unlikely that the French club will allow the Nigerian international to leave in January for anything other than an astronomical fee.

There is a report in Top Mercato that says Lille won’t even let him leave for that this winter.

The report says that Lille are relying on Osimhen for this season but are resigned to being unable to keep him beyond this coming summer. Lille are very short in options up front at the moment. In addition to Osimhen, they only have former-Magpie Loic Remy available at the moment.

19-year-old USA international Timothy Weah suffered a hamstring tear earlier this season that will keep him out of action for some time. Weah had also joined Lille this summer in a move from PSG.

Lille finished second place in Ligue 1 last year so are involved in Champions League football this year putting further stress on an already limited squad.

They have lost their first two matches in the European competition and will find it hard to qualify to the knockout stage. So we are not sure if that will soften their stance on Osimhen or not.

However, it’s looking like Newcastle may have to look elsewhere for a striker this winter.


17 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s like a pantomime at times Monday – “XYZ is potentially coming”, Tuesday “Oh no he’s not”.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib,
    Say what you will about the reasons various players left, nothing can take away the fact that there is a complete lack of ambition at the club.

    9
  • Jib

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail
    Agreed
    but folk don’t know much about what decides a player
    to move if they think ambition of the owner is a big factor.

    Having watched Victor Osimhen play a few times for Lille
    he’s exactly what we need , an absolute natural.
    It shows (if nothing else) that Steve Nickson knows what is required

    0
  • hibbit

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    From The Guardian report:

    ‘The current round of phone-hacking claims has received substantially more attention since Prince Harry launched proceedings against the publishers of both the Mirror and the Sun last month, as part of the all-out-war on tabloid media intrusion that he is fighting with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
    Meanwhile, the family of the late Newcastle United manager and cancer fundraiser Sir Bobby Robson have separately launched legal action against the publisher of the Sun for alleged interception of his voicemails. His family declined to comment on the decision to start legal action in the name of the former England manager, who died in 2009 before the full scale of the phone-hacking scandal became apparent. Robson has not previously been named as a potential victim of illegal press intrusion.’

    8
  • hibbit

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib
    “Having watched Victor Osimhen play a few times for Lille
    he’s exactly what we need , an absolute natural.
    It shows (if nothing else) that Steve Nickson knows what is required”

    Steve Nickson knowing what we need and what we end up getting are poles apart !!!!!!!

    11
  • Jib

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Some good CL fixtures tonight
    If Galatasaray should beat Real Madrid
    Zidane could be getting his cards

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    hibbit
    Non-stop negative comments are so easy to do
    Try some decent blogging for a change

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Why would the Sun be interested in SBR?

    0
  • Jib

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    hibbit
    You made exactly the same type of comment about Nickson and
    his visits to Atlanta United last December.
    Remind me again who Miguel Almiron plays for now.

    0
  • hibbit

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Jib @7
    fine that’s your opinion, negative i maybe but there fact none the less, unlike half the fairy tales you post,

    5
  • hibbit

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib
    show me that comment ?????????????????

    2
  • Jib

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    https://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/news/publishing-news/2019/10/family-sir-bobby-robson-launches-phone-hacking-claim-against-news-group

    Ron if they can get some compo it will help to boost the Foundations funds
    Murdoch has plenty of dosh
    More power to them

    3
  • martoon

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Ron Knee @8 – I was wondering that too. I could understand when he was England manager but that was the good old days before mobile phones. As nufc manager I guess you get info on team selection, transfers etc. but it’s hardly like SBR lived a scandalous lifestyle?

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Almiron was only signed because he was at the end of his tether and might have walked which is a bit strange seeing as Ashley had been trying to get him to walk since promotion back to the PL looked likely

    0
  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 22, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Given Osimhen’s antecedents, credit for his form of this year could substantially be due to Galtier. Since strategy-wise Galtier is diametrically opposite to what we have at Newcastle, I had my own doubt as to how effective would Osimhen have been for NUFC.

    1
  • Jib

    Oct 22, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Unused Substitute
    You could be right
    Another Galtier protégé – Nicolas Pepé
    is flopping at Arsenal at the moment.
    He missed a sitter vs Sheff U last night

    0
  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Jib, one is allowed to miss a sitter once in a while. Only that since Cabella and Thauvin, I’m wary of Ligue 1 imports. Even with our third rate management at that time their lack of stamina and physicallity was there for everyone to see. This may open me up for abuse, though, since so many of us are at the moment under the spell of St Maximin.

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