Wilfried Bony to Newcastle United – Surely he’s not that foolish

The prolific striker has been linked with a move to the Magpies. But would he really join given the on-going issues at St James' Park?

Back in March, Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony appeared destined for a move to the Premier League.

The prolific Ivorian was reported to have all but agreed a deal to join West Ham United, only for stories in the coming days to suggest that Fulham, Stoke City and Everton were all casting admiring glances at the player.

Then it was Chelsea’s turn, with Bony’s agent apparently meeting with Stamford Bridge officials to discuss a possible move. A report generously sprinkled with fairy-dust stated that Jose Mourinho had hopped on a plane from Madrid to oversee the negotiations, three months before he was officially announced as the Blues’ new boss.

And then it all went quiet – at least as far as the clubs were concerned. At which point Bony revealed his intentions…sort of.

For me the Premier League is the top league,” he said in May, “but the Bundesliga is also good, France, Italy and Spain they’re all good too.”

If ever there was a case of a player keeping his options open, that was it.

And now another option has been added to the pile, with Newcastle United reported to have offered £12million for the 24-year-old.

Despite all the previous interest in a player who scored 31 goals in 30 Eredivisie games last season, the competition is now believed to be between just four clubs – Newcastle, Swansea City, Everton and Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

With Vitesse said to be holding out for £15million, Newcastle have a decision to make. And fans will hope it is better than some of the club’s recent choices.

But the player has a decision to make, too. And surely – given all the strife emanating from St James’ Park in recent weeks – he will steer well clear of the Magpies.

Perhaps he doesn’t care. Perhaps he shouldn’t care. After all, provided he does his job on the pitch, whatever happens off it is secondary from a player’s perspective.

Only that isn’t really the case at Newcastle…not anymore.

Ashley will continue to make decisions because he can. He seemed to stop caring what the fans thought or how he was perceived by the media long ago. But will his actions have a direct result on the calibre of player he can bring to the club?

He has already missed out on Douglas because his director of football hadn’t heard of him; a fact that raises questions over the appointment of a man who should be an oracle of football knowledge and yet appears to be anything but.

And with four clubs interested in Bony, his advisors may take one look at the uncertainty at Newcastle and steer him in the direction of any of the other three.

If it comes down to money – as regrettably it does more often than not – Anzhi hold the best hand.

If it comes down to joining a stable team approaching a new and exciting era, he could in many ways toss a coin over Everton and Swansea.

Then again, Bony may want to join a club whose manager could be dismissed at any time, whose director of football is antiquated in an era of necessary evolution, and whose owner is seemingly working his way through every conceivable negative headline.

If Newcastle somehow manage to sign Bony, they will be getting a gem. He is a player their fans deserve, but one their club’s hierarchy may have lost before their charm offensive even begins.

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