Newcastle United ‘agree £7m deal’ with Sochaux over Modibo Maiga

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Alan Pardew during a Newcastle United Premier League match

Pardew - Has managed to coax Modibo Maiga to Tyneside despite summer failure

The fruitless long protracted talks with Sochaux over their prized forward Modibo Maiga in the summer may not have went down well on Tyneside, but news today from various sources including The Guardian claim that a deal has now been agreed between both parties and the Malian striker will pen a 4 and a half year deal at St.James’ Park on January 2nd. Graham Carr and his scouting team have been watching Maiga for quite a while now and our article just below this one has seemingly been reassured by the news today. A figure of £7m is enough to lure him to NUFC and if he has the potential that we think Carr and co. see in him; then I think we’re in for a very exciting forward line-up to partner either Demba Ba or Leon Best.

The player tried forcing a move in the summer but ultimately failed as Newcastle United were unable to agree a deal. Funnily enough, after all that - he’ll be holding a Black and White jersey in the first week of January: doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Either way, we need a striker and seemingly we’ve got our number 1 target. A new #9? I highly doubt it - but if he can score goals and finds his potential at St.James’ Park then we’re all happy.

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Toon army: ⏱ 18/10/2011

Hopefully another Carr gem!!

AndyC_09: ⏱ 18/10/2011

Agree, defo has potential frm watchn im!

Sharpy17: ⏱ 18/10/2011

I agree, I don't see him as our we worshipped no. 9 to be honest and worry about his attitude if things aren't going his way. If he starts well all is Rosie but if he has a similarly slow start like Ba, and the fans start to question him (as we did with Ba), I'm not convinced he had the same mental strength as Ba and may well spit his dummy. Finding a striker for Newcastle is hard, finding a no. 9 is even hard...but... in Carr we trust!!

stu: ⏱ 18/10/2011

he seems decent but personally i think the best young striker in our sort of range is derdiyok.. he would be a no 9

Thehewi: ⏱ 19/10/2011

I think this guy will be a great signing and will be the 15+ goal a season striker we've been missing for a while. Pardew and Carr have done great with the players they've brought in and I have faith they'll do it again. Welcome to the TOON.