Newcastle United lead the chase to sign Vitesse Arnhem forward Wilfred Bony this summer.
Although the likes of Everton, Swansea and Anzhi are also interested in the Ivorian, Bony is believed to favour a move to St. James’ Park.
Vitesse are reluctant to sell their top scorer, especially given the news Marco van Ginkel is also set to leave the club this summer. But the Dutch club know they are powerless to keep the forward and will let him go for £15million.
Newcastle have reportedly bid £12million for the man who scored 31 goals last campaign, however Vitesse won’t sell unless their valuation is met.
Having lost the likes of Demba Ba and Andy Carroll over the last two seasons, Newcastle are in desperate need of another forward.
Papiss Cisse failed to match his first season standards and didn’t reach double figures in the Premier League. Alan Pardew’s side in general struggled to replicate their 2011/12 form and he believes Bony could be the man to fire them back up the table.
Cisse himself has been linked with a move away from Newcastle, with the club’s new sponsorship against his religion and has been quoted as saying he ‘won’t wear the shirt if the sponsor remains’.
Numerous Russian clubs have been linked with the former Freiburg forward, however Newcastle can scarcely afford to lose another forward.
Other Bony interest
Everton and Swansea are believed to lead the chasing pack to sign Bony and both are in desperate need of a striker.
Despite good seasons for both clubs, they were over reliant on goals from midfield with Maroune Felliani and Michu in particular in outstanding form.
From an Everton perspective Nikica Jelavic was another who failed to replicate his previous seasons form and struggled badly last campaign, losing his place in the starting XI to Victor Anichebe.
Their lack of a cutting edge cost them desperately in their pursuit of Champions League football. Everton drew far too many games last season, dominating many of them in the process however they failed to kill teams off.
Whilst Swansea won the Capital One Cup last season, they were another who didn’t score as many as they should have.
After selling Danny Graham to Sunderland last campaign, they were forced to use Michu up tops, despite the Spaniard’s preference to play off the main man.
What is for certain Bony scores goals and is a player any side would welcome.