£7m Toon striker target wants January move

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Modibo Maiga has insisted that he is still open to the possibility of a move to Newcastle, with the striker now looking to show his worth at Sochaux until the next transfer window.

Maiga refused to play for Sochaux in their first matches in Ligue 1, in the hopes of securing a move to the Toon, but the club’s board refused to sell, saying they were unable to find a replacement.

And while the Mali international is currently out of favour with Sochaux fans, he says he is concentrating on keeping his form up for the club and will think about the transfer window when January rolls around.


"I have had enough of being booed by supporters right now, but anyway it does not stop me scoring goals for the club and making them happy," he told

"I scored a double for them again [at the weekend]. I had two chances on Saturday against Toulouse, two goals, just to thank them."

Newcastle will no doubt be preparing a move for Maiga in January, after the Toon failed to land him on deadline day. And the 24-year-old hit out at critics regarding his hopes to move to St James’ Park, saying he will wants to experience a league like the Barclays Premier League.

"Newcastle? They are a very good club, I will not finish my career in Sochaux if I am scoring every week - that is the reality of football. I have not invented that!” he said.

"At the moment I am here and scoring goals. I do not know when the transfer window opens what there will be. It depends also on the club, but in a near future I want to ply my trade in another top league. It is a genuine ambition, I will accept being booed for that!"

Newcastle failed to land a striker to replace the departed Andy Carroll in the last window, and Pardew is aiming to find a striker as soon as the next window opens.

Maiga is reported by the Daily Mail to be worth around £7 million, though the Toon were hoping to get him cheaper. Should his form for Sochaux continue though, and Pardew will likely have to fork out top dollar for the star.

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