Alan Pardew is set to fill the Andy Carroll sized hole left in the Newcastle team, with two players from French Ligue 1 side Lille. Pardew has already been linked with a number of players in the French league, but with the £35 million from the Carroll sale (plus whatever Big Mike stumps up) the Magpies manager is in a good position to start buying on the continennt.
The Toon are weighing up a move for Lille’s strike force, Moussa Sow and Gervinho. The pair have scored 31 goals between them this season, more than Andy Carroll scored for Newcastle in his entire time there. Sow is the top-scorer in the French league with 19 goals. Despite this fact, Lille are likely to cash in on the Senegalese striker with a figure between £15-20 million already being suggested by various sources.
Gervinho also represents an intriguing prospect for Newcastle. The Ivorian can play up-front or on the wing, and has managed 12 goals for Lille this season (more than Lovenkrands, Best and Ameobi put together!) The dreadlocked attacker, whose full name is Gervais Yao Kouassi Gervinho wants to make a big money move before he turns 25 and reportedly sees the Premiership as his ideal destination.
It’s likely that a move for both players could cost up to £40 million, which Newcastle do have in the kitty. A move for either of them would signal intent on the part of Ashley to really invest in a club which he appears to have done very little for since he took over in 2007.
Despite their lack of Premiership experience, the two attackers do pose an exciting prospect for Newcastle fans. Annoyingly, Sow was signed from Rennes on a free at the start of the season, but his performances have sent his transfer fee through the roof. Such is the market at the moment.
Newcastle’s recent performances have shown that the team needs attacking options, and genuine quality injected into it. Who knows, Sow or Gervinho could prove to be the next Didier Drogba, a player who Newcastle were routinely linked with whilst he was at Marseille. Newcastle fans will be hoping Pardew doesn’t miss the opportunity, like Sir Bobby Robson did.
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