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Gameiro: “If I go abroad, it’s to play in the Champion’s League”.

June 1st, 2011 | 20 Comments |

Kevin Gameiro.
Gameiro: Wants Champion's League
Newcastle United striker target, Kevin Gameiro, has declared that if he leaves France to play for a foreign club, it will only be for a club that has qualified for the Champion’s League.

With Newcastle United and Spanish Champion’s League team, Valencia, currently leading the pack in the hunt for the 24 year old striker, Gameiro spoke from the French Football Federation’s centre of excellence at Clairefontaine as he prepares with the French national side for a Euro 2012 against Bélarus on Friday.

In the interview, the 5’5″ hitman expressed his liking for Spain’s La Liga, though he acknowledged that his mind is not fully made up, and that he will make his decision in the next week or two, however he gave a strong message that if he does move overseas, whether it is to La Liga or the Premiership, a team that has qualified for next season’s Champion’s League would be his preferred destination.

Gameiro said:

“I will decide over the next one or two weeks, though I have a small idea.”

Adding later: (more…)

The French Connection: Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Gameiro (bid accepted) and Ba

June 1st, 2011 | 52 Comments |

Newcastle United's bid for Kevin Gameiro is accepted.
£10m bid accepted
Newcastle United’s team could take on a distinctly French feel if the club’s transfer plans work out as they want.

Apparently Lorient have accepted Newcastle’s £10m offer for Kevin Gameiro and it’s now up to the player to decide if Newcastle can trump his first choice of Valencia.

A couple of things are definitely in our favour.

First of all, Mike Ashley’s policy of paying entire transfer fees in one go is said to have been one of the main reasons why Lorient accepted the offer. Valencia on the other hand would be paying in instalments, as per Spanish football’s standard operating procedure.

Second, in terms of persuading the player himself to come to Newcastle, it certainly won’t hurt that we have Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa in our squad to help their fellow countryman feel at home, at least linguistically.

On paper the triple-pronged French offensive of Cabaye and Ben Arfa in midfield and Gameiro up front looks exciting and hopefully the new Frenchies will be able to adapt to Premier League football fairly quickly. (more…)

Gameiro likely to be lining up in black and white next season

May 31st, 2011 | 26 Comments |

Kevin Gameiro interests Newcastle and Valencia.
Spain or England?
The battle to sign Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro is looking like increasingly like it’s a two-horse race between Newcastle United and Valencia.

It seems quite possible that Kevin Gameiro will be lining up in black and white next season, although unfortunately that could be the black and white of Valencia rather than Newcastle.

The Lorient striker has generated a lot of interest and apparently 12 clubs have so far enquired as to his availability, including PSG, Sevilla, Spurs, Villarreal, Fenerbahce and Schalke 04, but it’s looking increasingly like a two-horse race between Valencia and Newcastle as to who signs him.

Allegedly our 11 million euro offer was enough to persuade him to take a look at our facilities, although I can find no confirmation as to whether he has actually done so (or will do so).

The player himself has supposedly expressed a preference to join Valencia and the club’s sporting director Braulio Vazquez and chief executive Javier Gomez were due to meet with Lorient president Loïc Fery in London to discuss a transfer. However, that meeting was cancelled when Lorient discovered that Valencia were coming to the table with less than 10 million euros in their pockets, for which they won’t even consider letting Gameiro go. (more…)

Toon ups bid for Gameiro, Abeid is definitely signed and Xisco returns

May 25th, 2011 | 20 Comments |

Kevin Gameiro - still a target for Newcastle United.
£10m target for Newcastle
Newcastle United pursue Gameiro, seem to have definitely signed Mehdi Abeid and welcome back Xisco from his loan spell at Deportivo.

The Daily Mail is suggesting that we’re still in hot pursuit of Lorient striker Kevin Gamerio, despite the player indicating a preference for Valencia over Newcastle (has the man no taste?). We have allegedly upped our offer to £10m in an attempt to out-price Valencia.

Allegedly interest in the player from Spurs and the Mackems has cooled.

Mehdi Abeid is, apparently, a definite now, despite nothing yet appearing on the club’s official site. Abeid has been explaining how some of our existing team members persuaded him to join:

I have had contact dating back some time and I visited the facilities there last week. I even trained with the reserve team.

The leaders of the club told me about their plans and that they will rely on me for next season. For my part, I intend to give everything to develop in the Premier League.

I already discussed things with Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheik Tioté and they encouraged me and welcomed my signature.

That looks like it’s pretty much a done deal for the relatively unknown ex-Lens player. (more…)