Punches and money make Newcastle deal for this striker a stronger possibility
Newcastle United have long been linked with a move for Andre Pierre Gignac and after this week’s events, a January move somewhere looks very much on the cards.
Gignac’s contract runs out in June and Marseille have so far refused to meet the player’s wage demands.
While Newcastle aren’t the biggest payers obviously, the fact they can offer Premier League wages and the advantages of the tax situation in England compared to the severe rules in France at the moment, could make a deal possible if Mike Ashley sanctions it.
Wednesday night saw Rennes defeat Marseille 2-1 in the League Cup, with Andre-Pierre Gignac an unused substitute.
However, a double sending off saw Marseille’s Brice Dja Djedje and Rennes’ Paul-Georges Mtep in a double sending off after an incident between them in the second half.
On Thursday morning at training, it is reported over on France that Gignac confronted his teammate about the incident with the Rennes player who is a friends of Gignac’s. It then being said that punches were thrown by Andre-Pierre Gignac at Brice Dja Djedje – teammates having to then jump in and break it up.
The Marseille striker has been regularly named as a Newcastle target over the last two years but it does look as though a move is imminent, whether to Newcastle or wherever, with the striker’s five year contract coming to an end in June.
The French media continue to report that Andre-Pierre Gignac could be sold off in a ‘cut price’ move in January, with Newcastle claimed to be one of those interested, with Thursday’s scuffle with a teammate just helping the process along.
Exactly how ‘cut price’ Gignac will actually be is open to question, even though he turns 29 in December he is bang on top of his form and is leading goalscorer in Ligue 1, his ten goals firing Marseille to the very top of the league, four points clear of PSG and Yohan Cabaye.
Andre-Pierre Gignac is also back in favour with the national set-up, leading the line for France against Armenia in their latest friendly, the striker was man of the match as he scored one and made one in a 3-0 victory as France prepare to host the Euros in 2016.
If Newcastle were able to sign a top striker such as this (the kind that should have been bought in the summer) in January, then it would go a long way towards giving us hope that Mike Ashley might have learnt you can’t gamble on leaving things short up front.
With Papiss Cisse having ongoing injury problems and likely to miss 4-6 weeks anyway with the African Nations Cup in the new year, United simply must invest in a quality striker in January.
Whether that is Andre-Pierre Gignac remains to be seen, but what is sure, is that we still desperately need at least one quality striker recruited.
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