Thursday afternoon brought news that Newcastle United are set to miss out on one of their summer transfer targets, as Wilfried Bony edges closer to a move to Swansea City.

The Vitesse Arnhem striker, who scored 31 times last season, was a long-term target for the Magpies but the hesitancy surrounding a concrete bid opened the door for the Swans and manager Michael Laudrup was all too eager to kick it down.

Bony is set to sign a 5-year deal at the Liberty Stadium and the fee is rumoured to be in the region of £10m, hardly a massive price compared to the £15m+ that Newcastle are supposedly bidding for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Next season may well prove how stupid Newcastle were to miss out on Bony, as the Ivory Coast international has all the physical abilities to be a success in the Premier League.

Geordie transfer attention will now turn to other targets and yesterday also saw rumours surface of a double bid for St. Etienne stars Aubameyang and central defender, Kurt Zouma. The sources say Newcastle’s bid was in the region of £25m, paying somewhere near £10m for Zouma, a former target of Manchester United.

Darren Bent also continues to be linked with a move to the North-East; although you get the feeling other targets are ahead of the former Sunderland striker.

Quite whether Joe Kinnear had anything to do with Newcastle’s failure to bid for Bony is as yet unclear, although it may not be far off the mark when you consider that the move for Douglas – a Dutch international who is available on a free – broke down over Kinnear’s claim that he’d “never heard of him”.

For every day that goes by without Newcastle signing anyone while their targets sign for other sides is not making it easy for the fans to come round and give the former Wimbledon manager a chance, so good news is needed quickly.

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  1. TOONARMYELITE

    Bony is set to sign a 5-year deal at the Liberty Stadium and the fee is rumoured to be in the region of £10m, hardly a massive price compared to the £15m+ that Newcastle are supposedly bidding for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
    Next season may well prove how stupid Newcastle were to miss out on Bony, as the Ivory Coast international has all the physical abilities to be a success in the Premier League.

    or next season might show what a complete wally you are bud hes to slow

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