So Newcastle United look certain to be saying goodbye to Demba Ba with a move to Chelsea all but agreed. The Senegalese striker will move to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth around £7 million and while some of the troubles caused by his departure should be alleviated by simply switching international compatriot Papiss Cisse into the central role Pardew is likely to dip into the market for a new striker to reinforce his now diminished front-line.
Given a previous propensity to look at Ligue 1 for talent which five strikers currently playing in the French top-flight could make the move to Tyneside?
Loic Remy - Marseille
This deal is widely being reported as the most likely with reports suggesting that both clubs and the player are keen on a deal. Remy has been a perpetual member of the transfer rumour mill for the past two seasons with the likes of Spurs, West Ham, Liverpool and Stoke just some of the teams named as holding a vested interest in the player. Adept both through the middle and out wide as part of a front-three he could be a perfect addition.
However a heart condition may be a risk too far on any medical.
Bafetimbi Gomis - Lyon
Any other year and the powerful striker would be top-scorer in Ligue 1 this term with 11 goals; however a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scuppered that opportunity. Nevertheless the French international is a perfect match for Premier League football but his inability to play out wide may scupper a deal.
Lyon are keen to sell in order to balance increasingly unhealthy looking finances.
Wissam Ben Yedder - Toulouse
Previously linked with Everton this precociously talented forward has grabbed nine league goals so far this campaign. The 22-year-old former French Futsal international can play anywhere along the front-line and has been one of the most exciting breakout players in France this season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - St Etienne
The Gabon international is known more for his flashy style then his footballing quality but do not let that fool you. A powerful finisher with electric pace he is also a versatile frontman who could add real quality to the Newcastle front-three. A starting line-up of Ben Arfa, Cisse and Aubameyang would be far too powerful to languish near the relegation zone.
Jeremie Aliadiere - Lorient
A familiar name but this season has not been a familiar tale for the former Arsenal and Middlesbrough forward. Now at Lorient under personal recommendation from Arsene Wenger he has been on a renaissance this season. Able to play on the wing or as a central striker he has scored seven goals in 17 appearances this season in France and has been linked with a return to England.
While these are slightly more obvious choices considering the high percentage of Francophone players currently plying their trade at St James Park it cannot be forgotten that the outgoing Demba Ba was first at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim before arriving at West Ham. Current striking incumbent Papiss Cisse was also playing in Germany with SC Freiburg.
So does the Bundesliga have anyone to offer Newcastle United who meets the criteria?
Mame Biram Diouf - Hannover 96
The former Manchester United player is Senegalese so meets the French-speaking attribute necessary in this article but will also be more then adept in English after his stint at The Red Devils. Considered a flop at Old Trafford he has been anything but since arriving in Germany; scoring 20 goals in 32 appearances since making his move last January. Could Newcastle give him another crack at Premier League football?
Would you like to see any of these players at Newcastle United to cover for the loss of Demba Ba?
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