Gignac emerges as Newcastle target

Newcastle United’s first signing of the new Joe Kinnear era could be Frence striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, according to the Daily Mail.

The Marseille man is thought to have been earmarked by Chief Scout Graham Carr, and the club are set to make a bid of £12m for the man bought from Toulouse for £15m in 2010.

The report also suggests that a move for Gignac comes as preferential to a move for Vitesse forward Wilfried Bony, a player who has also been linked with a move to Swansea City and Anzhi in Russia.

Newcastle sold a striker, Demba Ba, in the January transfer window, to Chelsea, and scored just 45 goals in the Premier League last term, two less than relegated Wigan Athletic.

Gignac, 27, netted 13 goals in 31 Ligue 1 matches last season, improving on his previous season’s effort of one in 21. He has also featured 16 times for the French national team, scoring four goals.

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