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Newcastle United bidding on another French striker?

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Stop me if you've heard this before: Newcastle United are in the hunt for a striker to pair with Papiss Cisse and have been linked to a french forward.

Andre-Pierre Gignac has now been linked to the Magpies, as The Daily Mail is reporting the Toon have put in a £12 million bid on the Marseille striker.

Gignac has been capped 16 times for the French national team with four goals, and made 31 appearances in Ligue 1 last season scoring 13 goals. The 27-year old center-forward has been described as an "British style" striker in the mold of Toon legend Alan Shearer, but he doesn't seem to score as many goals as Shearer did during his tenure.

He joined Marseille in 2010 on a £15 million bid but struggled to settle in and was nearly sent to Fulham on a transfer in 2011.

Out of the gate this sounds like a rumor without much merit. If Newcastle is willing to shell out the £12 million for a 27-year old striker who doesn't seem to score a lot of goals, why not just pony up the extra £3 million to the reported bid for Wilfried Bony and bring in someone who's at least a scorer.

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