Reports suggest that Newcastle are now in contact to sign Sporting Lisbon striker, Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Well.. After a very unproductive first half of the Transfer Window, the management have been very busy over the past few days. After the confirmation of the Yanga-Mbiwa transfer yesterday, the club look set to bring in three more french lads over the next few days.
And now we’re being linked with van Wolfswinkel who we’ve been linked with in the past on a number of occasions. The lad has scored 19 goals in 36 games for Sporting – an impressive scoring record.
This is what his agent had to say about a potential deal:
“I won’t name specific clubs as that is a private matter, but what I will say is there is big interest in Ricky from England.” “I have passed on this information to Sporting and it is up to them to come to any agreement and then we could negotiate.”
“Can something happen this month? In football, you just never know what might happen. We are laid-back about the situation.” “Ricky is like any player in that he is ambitious and the Premier League is a fantastic place. He is happy for the moment in Lisbon. There have been reports that he has requested a transfer, but that is not true.”
“I know the club well. I spoke to them a lot in the summer when they tried to buy Luuk de Jong, who is also our player. They are not in such a good position right now in the league, but that is a good club.”
Among the triumvirate of French players set to sign over the next few days is Yoan Gouffran, a striker/winger for Bordeaux. I had assumed that Gouffran would be brought in as cover for Cisse, with the hope of signing a Ba replacement in the Summer.
However, it’s a welcome surprise that the club are now going after another accomplished striker. They certainly aren’t holding back. Not only have we been leaking too many goals at the back this season, but we’ve also been on the whole unsuccessful at the other end. So, a deal would be a fantastic step forward for the club.
I’ve been incredibly surprised by the positivity of the board this January, given that we were so cautious in the Summer. There’s no doubt that we needed the reinforcements to build on a fragile and thin squad, but many fans would not have expected this level of investment from Ashley.
Nevertheless, these are exciting times for the club. It’s quite surprisingly really given the we’re currently sitting only two point above the relegation zone.