Newcastle United are having something of a typically torrid summer. With the controversy caused by the appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football and the hullabaloo regarding the sponsorship of the club by controversial pay-day loan company Wonga.com.
Add to that something of a humbling 3-1 defeat against unfashionable Portuguese outfit Rio Ave last night and it has not been the best preparations for a season.
The issues with Wonga have been well-documented. It was speculated early on that the clubs Muslim players would not be keen on wearing Newcastle kit emblazoned with the company name; as it would contravene their Islamic beliefs.
Now that has clearly become official; with Papiss Cisse refusing to go out to Portugal with the rest of the club until a solution to this complex and delicate issue is agreed.
But according to reports it seems that the Toon are ready to cash in on the player with Bafetimbi Gomis and Darren Bent being lined up as new striker recruits.
But another player linked with the club is Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac.
The 27-year-old French international had a decent campaign last season; scoring 18 goals in 37 appearances for l’OM.
It is believed that Gignac himself is not keen on leaving Marseille; where he is settled and happy but reports in France today suggest the club will be trying to move him on this summer.
It is reported by Le Parisien that the club are assessing the pros and cons of letting him go; and are verging on a decision which would see him exit the club.
The player’s contract expires in 2015 and they do not want to find themselves in a similar position to Lyon in regards to Gomis; having to sell the player before losing him on a free in 12 months’ time.
Now while the decision will ultimately lie with Gignac, who is said to be keen on a stay, Marseille seem ready to cash in on the player in order to balance the books at the club this summer.
Newcastle should be ready to pounce on the player this summer. He is the perfect replacement for Cisse should the Senegalese striker decide to go and it now seems Marseille are keen to let him leave.
And with an army of a French contingent ready to welcome Gignac to St James Park it might be a deal that could go through.
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