Newcastle have already recruited half their squad from the French leagues, and they have now been linked with a Bordeaux player.
Newcastle have looked to France many times recently when recruiting new players for their squad, and it seems to be no different this time round as they search for extra firepower as The Metro have reported that they could be lining up Bordeaux’s striker Cheick Diabate.
Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr have been very successful in attracting top talent from France, with Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Hatem Ben Arfa, and Yoan Gouffran all regulars in the Magpies side. None of the above arrived with a hefty transfer fee either and it seems you can find a few bargains in France.
Loic Remy has been in superb form since his loan move from Championship side Queens Park Rangers. He has already scored seven goals in the Premier League, almost half of Newcastle’s goals overall. The Frenchman has been instrumental in their season so far, and without him the club would have been struggling. He has been ably supported by Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa amongst others, but neither are out and out strikers.
Papiss Cisse has been extremely disappointing this season. He has only managed to find the back of the net once so far, with that goal coming in the Capital One Cup. When Cisse arrived from Freiburg in January 2012, he hit the ground running and scored 13 goals in 14 games. It looked like he would be the perfect partner for Demba Ba. However when one went on a scoring run the other seemed to stop. Cisse again scored 13 last season, but this time from 47 games.
Shola Ameobi scored against Italy this week for Nigeria, but he has never been a prolific striker. So another striker is needed, and Diabate of Bordeaux seems to be one of the targets. Although he has not been prolific in his career either, he has managed six goals in Ligue 1 so far this season. Dubbed ‘the new Adebayor’ by some, he is known for his strength and power, which could compliment Remy well. It would give Newcastle another option to Ameobi, who has led the frontline in the recent games against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal and West Ham could be interested in the Malian striker too, but Pardew is hoping that Diabate can be persuaded to join the club with help from the French connection.