Striker’s agent in talks with Galatasaray as Newcastle wait in the wings
The agent of Andre-Pierre Gignac has met Galatasaray officials as he edges closer to an exit from Marseille.
A January departure is now looking the most likely option with the striker’s agent now searching out the best deal for Gignac.
Over in France, La Provence report the meeting between the agent and officials of the Turkish club, with Newcastle just one of a host of clubs said to be waiting in the wings to see which club he chooses.
Recently, reports in France and Russia said that Dynamo Moscow have contacted Marseille and are prepared to bid 6m Euros (around £5m) for the striker.
The same French reports say that Newcastle retain an interest in French international striker Gignac, who has refused to sign a new contract and looks sure to leave either in January or when his contract ends in June.
With 22 goals last season and 11 in 16 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.
Marseille remain one point clear of PSG at the top of Ligue 1 and Gignac is obviously a key part of that title bid with his goals.
However, with Marseille seemingly having no chance of meeting the striker’s wage demands, they may well have to balance what offers they get to let him go in January with possible title glory and the certainty of losing Gignac for nothing at the end of the season.
The Marseille forward has been regularly linked with Newcastle in the past but turning 29 tomorrow (December 5) many would assume his age would preclude him from any deal with Mike Ashley.
However, this is exactly the calibre of player who could help push United’s season on, with the Newcastle squad still looking light up front.
Recently former Director of Football at Spurs and Liverpool, Damien Comolli, said that Newcastle or Spurs would be the perfect fit for the Marseille striker.
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