Former Director of football recommends top French striker joins Newcastle or Tottenham
Top French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has been recommended to join Newcastle United or Tottenham.
Speaking over in France, the former Director of Football at Spurs and Liverpool, Damien Comolli, says that Newcastle or Spurs would be the perfect fit for the Marseille striker.
With 22 goals last season and 10 in only 13 Ligue 1 matches this campaign, Andre-Pierre Gignac has been in such great form that he has been recalled to the French squad and featured in recent matches.
However, Gignac looks guaranteed to leave Marseille either in January or when his contract ends in June. The French club are refusing to meet his wage demands and tax conditions in England compared to France’s stricter regime, would mean Gignac automatically earning a lot more even if an English club simply matched what he is earning at the moment.
The Marseille forward has been regularly linked with Newcastle in the past but turning 29 next month many would assume his age would preclude him from any deal with Mike Ashley.
However, as a man who loves a bargain, Andre-Pierre Gignac could still prove a great deal and potentially be exactly what Newcastle need. Particularly with Papiss Cisse’s ongoing injury problems and the fact he is now guaranteed to be missing for up to six weeks in the new year due to Senegal qualifying for the African Cup of Nations finals at the weekend.
Damien Comolli said;
“Personally, I do not see clubs trying for him (Gignac) in January, knowing that he will be free a few months later. Now a club threatened by relegation though, or a club like Tottenham, which is in trouble, could move for him.
“Is it in his interest to go to a club that is trying to stay up, given his age, where he comes from and the season he is having (Marseille are top of Ligue 1)? I’m not convinced.
“But if it is a Tottenham or Newcastle, why not? These are great clubs. But he is currently the No.1 striker in a team that is hot, and changing to a club in trouble, it is a decision that is not easy to take for him.”
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