With January just around the corner, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive over the last week or so, so I thought I would round up some of the more credible rumours going round at the minute.
I’m going to skip over Modibo Maiga because I think we all know that is more than a rumour now and has been talked about enough.
So, first of all we have AC Milan’s left-back Taye Taiwo, who has been linked with a move to Newcastle – a loan with a view to a permanent to be more specific. Now this is something I’d like to see happen and something that could happen. We’ve seen before the club signing good players that have lost their way a bit. like Davide Santon and Hatem Ben Arfa. Taiwo has also only played twice in the league this season and wants to play regularly and Newcastle can offer him exactly that.
Next on the list is Kafoumba Coulibaly, a 26-year-old defensive midfielder who plays for OGC Nice in France. Apparently we have lined up Coulibaly if, the inevitable in some peoples eyes, happens and Cheik Tiote is sold. Predominately a holding midfielder, he can also operate at centre-half or right-back and like Tiote, he is from the Ivory Coast and is available for £3.5 million – What we paid for Tiote! Again, this one I can see happening IF Tiote were to be sold because we all know this is the route the club go down these days.
Another player from France now, you would think we like buying players from there or something… Anyway, this time we are being linked with 20-year old winger Anthony Knockaert who currently plays for Guigamp in Ligue 2. Apparently we have had scouts watching him in Guigamp’s French cup game against Le Mans recently. He has an impressive four goals in nine games for the French u-20s. I don’t know a lot about Knockaert but I would be surprised if we moved for him in January, most likely see how he develops and make a move in the summer, if not later.
Last but not least is James Tomkins at West Ham United. As reported by Toonsy earlier, we’ve apparently had a £2.5 million bid for him rejected but we are expected to go back in for him once the window opens. Now for me as long as the price was reasonable (£4.5 million?) then Tomkins would be an excellent addition, he is very similar to Steven Taylor, tall, strong, relatively quick and still only 22-years old. Get him in I say!
Other players being linked are same old same old at the minute in the shape of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Liam Ridgewell, Erik Pieters, Nathaniel Clyne and Olivier Giroud and I’m sure we have all read about these rumours. Personally I like a good rumour but they are limits and Mark Douglas said yesterday we have been offered over 50 defenders since Steven Taylor’s injury. So lets just be thankful we don’t hear all of them!
And it’s only mid-way through December…