Talking in his pre-match press conference yesterday, manager Alan Pardew said he has been given the green light by Mike Ashley to bring in a new centre-half.
We all know we are short in that area since Steven Taylor’s season ending injury. Whilst confirming that one player will definitely be coming in – thought to be Modibo Maiga, he also told the Chronicle that he is free to bring in a centre-half:
“Mike asked me when am I going to get a centre-half.” Pardew said. “It’s about making sure we get the right one. When you look at centre-halves it is easy to get it wrong. You can look at David Luiz, who is finding it difficult, he was £18million and he didn’t play the last game. So it doesn’t matter what you spend, you have to get the right one.”
So good news there, and Pardew is right when he says it’s about making sure we get the right one, whether that be a player with Premier League experience or another Graham Carr special – talking of Graham Carr specials…
According to FootMercato we are interested in Bordeauxs centre-half Michael Ciani. The 27-year old Frenchman joined Bordeaux in 2009 and was described as ‘collosal’ by manager Francis Gillot after his first season at the club but has since lost his place in the team and has looked a shadow of his former self the last few months.
On the front of it Michael looks like he has all the attributes to make it in the Premier League, standing at 6′ 2″ he can handle the physical side of things but the question has to be asked as to why he’s struggled for past few months. If Graham Carr does think Ciani is the man to get then who are we to argue? But looking at it, it looks like he’s only been lined with us because the player is from France.
A defender we’ve been linked with for a while now, Taye Taiwo, has been told that AC Milan won’t stand in his way if he wants to leave. Taiwo give an interview earlier in the week expressing his unhappiness at not being part of the first team this season and that he didn’t want that to continue for too long.
Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani responded by saying: “I’ve not read Taiwo’s interview, but I will. If the player wants to be sold then we’ll look to find a solution that suits everybody.”
So there’s a new name to add to the every growing list. I don’t know much about Ciani but Taiwo on the other hand I would love for us to sign, but it’s whether he wants regular football at a top seven Premier League team on a good wage or go to somewhere like Turkey, an average league but earning A LOT of money.
As ever the rumours continue…