Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton is reportedly weighing up a move for French side FC Lorient’s star striker, Kevin Gameiro.
The 23 year-old has scored 30 goals in 79 appearances for Lorient, and although best deployed as a centre forward, Gameiro is also very capable playing in the hole behind the front man, and can even deputise on the wing.
Gameiro has also just broken into the French international side, making his debut against Belarus in September this year.
Newcastle fans would surely be delighted at the prospect of such an addition to their attacking line-up; Gameiro’s talents along with the combined attacking threat of the in-form Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez and Andy Carroll would seem more than enough to secure Premiership survival.
Alas, were it only that simple. The aforementioned trio are a potent enough threat to most Premiership defences already, and the club would surely see the purchase of another forward player at the moment as a waste of money, with Newcastle hardly in a position to start buying players on a whim.
No, there must be an immediate reason and, unfortunately, there can only be one. Andy Carroll’s outstanding form has already brought him to the attention of many potential suitors, and the January transfer window is almost certain to see Newcastle tempted by several big-money offers for their prized asset.
Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been suggested, and eventually, one offer will be too good to refuse. Carroll’s fee will, at least, pay for his replacement.
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