The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle has lost interest in Gervinho.
The forward is said to have had a meeting with the top brass at the club, and the club left unimpressed with the player.
The Chronicle believe that the club has concerns over just where he would fit in with the squad, and have grown frustrated dealing with his many representatives.
Although there are many rumbling at the moment that the core of the high team spirit might be splitting up, reports suggest that Pardew and the staff are only keen on players who will contribute to the good team spirit and not disrupt it.
The Yohan Cabaye transfer is cited as the prime example of the club not only signing a top footballer but also a top lad.
Gervinho seems to be another story. I don’t think it’s suggesting that he’s a trouble maker or anything of the sort. I believe it’s more to do with bringing in players who truly want to be here and fight for the toon.
I have my own concerns about Gervinho. As I mentioned last month, I’m not sure that Gervinho’s style of play will suit us or the EPL. He strikes me as kind of a luxury player who does better when lined up with other stars.
But I’m not a scout, and I trust in Graham Carr’s opinion, so I wouldn’t be upset if we had signed him, obviously because he is a class player. But that ship has seemingly sailed now, and that’s if it ever really came to port.
We can debate that to no end, but one thing I am impressed with so far this transfer window, is the organization that the club seem to have which in my opinion has been lacking in previous transfer windows. The homework has been done and there seem to be a set of targets in place.
Whether or not Gervinho was a viable option, I’m glad to see that the club made their attempt, and now that it hasn’t come off, have moved on to other targets. Ultimately, if a player isn’t fully committed to joining Newcastle, then he is of no use to us and just a waste of precious funds.
And as Graham Carr has said, there are plenty of players who would join Newcastle in a heart beat. We just have to find the right ones to help us push forward.
We still have over two months to complete that mission.