It would appear that Newcastle are chasing both Gervinho and Kevin Gameiro, but they will only sign one of them if The Journal is to be believed.
In one of those “The Journal understands” kind of articles, it appears that Newcastle are negotiating for the pair of them. With rumour suggesting that a £10 million bid has been accepted by Lorient for Gameiro it would appear that he is the number one target although the club are not burning their bridges with regard to a deal for Gervinho in case the Gameiro deal doesn’t come off.
We’ve got another week of this speculation to come as it is expected that no deals will be finalised until the international football is over and players are released for their summer activities next Monday. Unfortunately all of our deals at the moment include international players, which is a good thing for the club but a bad thing when it comes to speculation.
It’s a dangerous game though in my opinion. I’d actually say that we should try and get both. Why not? Both of them fit the profile of the club and match the criteria that seems to apply to our signings, so what harm would it do to have both of them? Unfortunately that is the fan in me talking so naturally I’d like to see the best players at St James’ Park, as I’m sure we all would.
It’s good that we aren’t purely focussing on just one of them, but if we wait around for one and that doesn’t come off we stand a good chance of putting the second one off aswell. After the work that the club have put in it would be a crying shame if they were to come away empty handed.
So I guess the question is, if you were making the decisions which one would you go after?
Whilst Gervinho would be an exciting attacking player who can operate in a number of positions he wouldn’t solve our glaring lack of striking options. If it’s a striker that is needed then it’s generally best to get a striker, so on that basis I would plump for Kevin Gameiro.
I know people will say something along the lines of “well he doesn’t really want to be here” but I think that is hogwash. He may apparently prefer a move to Valencia but that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t try his hardest at another club. Let’s face it, if he didn’t want to sign he would just not agree to a deal, right?
Gameiro finished as the second highest scorer in Ligue 1 this term scoring 22 league goals. Not bad when you consider that his struggling Lorient side finished in 12th place just five points ahead of the relegation places.
I’m not saying that I’d not love to have Gervinho at the club, but I just feel that our need for a striker is greater than the need for a creative type of player. We’ve got Ben Arfa coming back for that role, as well as the services of Yohan Cabaye who is said to be a tricky and creative customer.
So in an ideal world I’d like both, but if I could have only one of them it would have to be Kevin Gameiro.
Who would you choose, and why?
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