Despite their excellent work in the transfer market in January, Newcastle United will know they are still short of options in a key area of the pitch, as Demba Ba's departure and Loic Remy's decision to opt for QPR means they will spend the second half of the season heavily reliant on Papiss Cisse as their main striker.
This is something they will no doubt look to address, and given their recent record, it would be no surprise if they headed to Ligue 1 to find the right man. If Kevin Gameiro does make his expected departure from PSG this summer, Newcastle should go all out to sign the 25 year old. Competition could be fierce, with Liverpool, Valencia and perhaps even Borussia Dortmund also keen to sign the striker, but Newcastle do now have the added attraction of their French community at St James’ Park that might help to draw Gameiro their way.
Gameiro has struggled to make the starting eleven for Carlo Ancelotti's side this year, with summer signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi generally preferred in attack. However he is clearly a talented player, and he has the attributes that would make him a natural fit for Newcastle's squad.
Able to operate either on the flanks of an attack or through the centre, Gameiro is accomplished at either finishing off the team's attacks or helping to build them with clever passing and hold up play. Assuming Papiss Cisse will continue to be the main striker through the centre, Gameiro will be able to play with him in a slightly deeper role, and also replace him through the centre when required.
Gameiro might be slightly more expensive than Newcastle's January signings, especially if Liverpool and Valencia do end up competing to sign him, but after their January business Newcastle will not need to bring in a lot of players this summer, and spending the money on a new striker could be crucial to their success next season.
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