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Newcastle United Consider January Bid for Lille Striker Moussa Sow

by Christian Bailey

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St James’ Park boss keen on Ligue 1 marksman.

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Magpies boss Alan Pardew is hopeful of securing significant funding from Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley ahead of a possible January bid for Lille striker Moussa Sow.

Pardew is keen to add to his side’s attacking options and believes that the combination of his side’s good start to the season and Lille’s crashing out of the Champions League will help to lure the 25 year old Senegal international to the North-East. The French born striker has been quoted as saying he would be interested in a move to the Premier League and the fact that Newcastle United signed his former team-mate Yohan Cabaye in the summer may also work in the club’s favour.

Newcastle United have been heavily reliant on striker Demba Ba for goals this season and though the former West Ham man has formed a strong partnership with Leon Best this season, Pardew feels that if he is to keep up the club’s good early season form he needs to bring in reinforcements.

Lille boss Rudi Garcia may struggle to keep the nucleus of his Ligue 1 title winning side together and having lost the aforementioned Cabaye and Gervinho to Arsenal over the summer must now also consider the very real prospect that others will leave the Stade Metropole, chief among those who could make an exit is youngster Eden Hazard who is being courted by a number of Europe’s elite.

Sow finished last season as the top scorer in Ligue 1 with 25 goals and has netted five as Lille valiantly look to defend their title from the advances of surprise leaders Montpellier and big spenders PSG.

Currently Pardew has the likes of Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi as back up options and neither could ever be described as prolific, hence the need to consider making a new signing in January.

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