Newcastle United set to move for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac

Newcastle United is lining up a move for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle is willing to offer £12 million to make the 27 year old their latest French signing.

Gignac, who made his name with Lorient before a spell with Toulouse, joined Marseille in 2010 for a reported €15 million euro.

Despite struggling at times to make an impression on the south coast of France Gignac scored 13 goals in 31 Ligue 1 games last season and in total has scored 25 goals in 91 Ligue 1 and Champions league games.

Gignac is described as an old school centre forward whose style would be suited to the Premier League and he has previously been a target for Everton, Fulham, Arsenal and Manchester United.

In fact the player came close to sealing a switch to Fulham last summer only for Marseille to stop the deal at the last minute although it is unlikely they will stand in his way this time round.

Gignac, who has been capped 12 times by France scoring 4 goals, was part of the squad that played in the 2010 World Cup

Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear, who recently took up the role as Director of Football at Newcastle, has made a striker his number one priority this summer and having refused to meet Liverpool’s asking price for Andy Carroll have lined up Gignac.

The club are also interested in Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony but Swansea are also reportedly ready to move for the Ivory Coast star Newcastle are refusing to go into a bidding war especially as the Dutch side are believed to be looking for a fee close to £15million for the forward.

Brian Laudrup’s side are also interested in another Newcastle target with Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis on both club’s radar. However like the Bony deal, Lyon is in no rush to sell and is waiting to hold for a sum close to their valuation.

With Newcastle refusing to get into a bidding war for either player a move for Gignac could materialise.

Should Gignac move to St James’ Park there would be no risk of home-sickness as he would link up with fellow French stars Yohann Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Sylvain Marveaux, Massadio Haïdara, Gabriel Obertan and Mathieu Debuchy.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.