Alan Pardew in move for main Newcastle strike target – reports
It is reported this morning that Alan Pardew has initiated a move for Michy Batshuayi.
The Marseille striker continues to be linked with a move to Newcastle after going to watch him in person, it is claimed that Pardew has told Crystal Palace that he wants them to make a bid for the forward in January.
Palace are currently sixth in the table and The Sun report that Alan Pardew sees Michy Batshuayi as the answer to possibly the weakest part of their team in the centre forward position.
Batshuayi arrived at Marseille from Standard Liege for just over £4m only 18 months ago but has made a quick impression on the step up to Ligue 1 football.
Last season, the Belgian international scored nine goals despite making only six league starts, as well as appearing regularly off the bench. Whilst now a first team regular, Michy Batshuayi has added another 10 Ligue 1 goals already this season.
With Newcastle and a number of other clubs credited with interest in the 22 year old, Marseille owner Jean-Michel Aulas is reported to have put a £35m valuation on the player to supposedly protect him from offers tempting his star striker away from the club.
However, Marseille were forced to slash costs and sell star players in the summer, with the likes of Imbula, Payet, Ayew and….Thauvin all allowed to leave.
The lack of Champions League football has meant Marseille have been left with big financial problems and currently only ninth in Ligue 1, the odds are against any quick return to the riches offered by the premier European competition.
The French club will not sell cheaply but if a big offer comes in for a player who has achieved relatively little so far, then Marseille will surely sell.
With the further massive increase in the Premier League TV cash as from next season, clubs such as Marseille know that all English clubs, whether it is Newcastle or Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew, will be willing to spend ever bigger amounts as they compete for the same small number of players who can potentially protect their Premier League status.
Yesterday also saw Alan Pardew tell ESPN how much he rated Ayoze Perez and that he wasn’t surprised there was speculation of transfer interest in the Spanish striker ahead of the January window.
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