Right fit, right time.
A year ago, that's what Kevin Gameiro would have been for Newcastle United. With £35 million in its back pocket, Newcastle was searching for an out-and-out No. 9, a goalscorer who would fill the void left by Andy Carroll. Gameiro had proven himself to be exactly that at Lorient in France's Ligue 1, and looked primed for a big move.
But Gameiro, determined to stay in France, opted to join newly wealthy Paris Saint-Germain. Now, after scoring 11 goals in 34 Ligue 1 games for PSG, he finds himself in search of a new club, with The Journal reporting that the 25-year-old has been offered to Newcastle.
Wrong fit, wrong time.
Newcastle may very well be in the market for a frontline striker should Demba Ba decide to seek greener pastures. But Gameiro is a finisher in the mold of Papiss Cisse, and it's hard to see how they'd function together. With Peter Lovenkrands - and potentially Leon Best - exiting this summer, Newcastle could use depth up front, but buying another poacher wouldn't make much sense. Particularly one who wasn't interested in the Premier League in the first place.
In Tuesday's other Newcastle transfer news - again courtesy of The Journal's Mark Douglas - Montpellier center back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's agent claims that his client will likely move to a German club this summer.
"We haven't talked to Newcastle," Tim Hagar told The Journal. "It is not true that there has been an approach and he won't go to Newcastle. I don't know where he will be going but we have interested clubs in Germany.
"I think he will go to Germany – I don't know why Newcastle haven't followed up their interest."
This does have the sound of an agent trying to drum up interest in his client. Keep in mind, though, that Alan Pardew stressed his desire to bring in a center back who would offer Newcastle a goal threat on set pieces, and Yanga-Mbiwa, for all his impressive qualities, scored just once for Montpellier last season.