Newcastle Transfer Update on Anelka and Diouf

The rumors on Sunday were that Newcastle were after Fredi Kanoute of Seville – but the Journal today has hinted that Big Sam is more interested in his two former players Nicholas Anelka and El Hadji Diouf at Bolton.


El Hadji Diouf

With Sam Allardyce obviously the guiding light at Bolton he’s going to be a hard act to follow and Sammy Lee is already having a hard job keeping hold of his players as we hear a contract dispute will probably see their goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen leave. Diouf has already hinted strongly that he wouldn’t mind following Sam to Newcastle – he was so shocked when he heard that Big Sam was leaving Bolton.

With news today that Newcastle seem willing to let Alan O’Brien move on – we will need some wide players like Diouf.


Nicholas Anelka

Not that either of these players are particularly good characters. Diouf makes Craig Bellamy look like a choir boy on the field – he is so antagonistic toward the opposition players. Of course over the years Le Sulk has had his moments too. However, the good news on these two players is that both have performed well – and been well behaved under Allardcye’s control at Bolton – so we would expect them not to be a problem – if actually signed by Newcastle.

The fact that Sam is still tracking strikers suggests that he believes either Owen or Martins will not be at the club in August. Maybe it’s Martins who will be moved on – if a bid of ₤15M is received for him. That would be good business for Newcastle – but we still have to see the best of Martins and there is no doubt he can score more goals at this level. If it’s Owen that moves on (then we’ve talked about that so much) – so be it.

Anelka has had lots of clubs in his career but is still only 28 years old. He’s played at PSG, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool (on loan), Manchester City, Fenebahce and Bolton. In his career he has played 438 first class games and scored 139 goals. He has played for France 39 times scoring 10 goals. His strike rate is around 31% – almost exactly the same as that of Fredi Kanoute.

Diouf is 26 years old from Senegal and has played for Sochaux, Stade Rennais, RC Lens, Liverpool and Bolton. After an excellent world cup in 2002 Liverpool paid ₤10M for him – but it never worked out for him at Liverpool and he went out on loan to Bolton where he eventually signed for about ₤3M. There is no doubt Diouf is a very skillful player. He has played 233 first class games and scored 39 goals (strike rate around 17%). He has played for Senegal 41 times and scored 16 goals.

Seems like we are being linked with many players as usual.

There is also a good chance we will sign central defender David Rozehnal of PSG for around ₤2.5M this week – although other reports indicate he will go to Borussia Dortmund – why do these transfers take so long? That would be a good signing for us and more defenders are obviously needed. But Sam is still looking at other players and there are going to be a lot more brought in before the season starts in August.


Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • nightfall

    Jun 18, 2007 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    exchange luque for diouf! and get some defenders!!!…4 would be nice…like i said…baines (or shorey), curtis davies, rozehnal and bakari (or micah)…than we can do some damage:)

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 18, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    definitely need defenders – this Rozehnal thing is dragging on too long. your 4 would be great.

  • Lee Smith

    Jun 18, 2007 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Is it just me…or is anyone else worried that , as before one by one we,ll lose out on our intended targets and end up making hasty last minute signings?

  • DP

    Jun 18, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    I can’t see us signing Diouf. Does anyone remember the way he acted at SJP when Bolton played us last season? Goading the Geordies is not the way to get yourself a move to SJP! Anelka on the other hand, would be a good signing, I think he’s got rid of the ‘Le Sulk’ tag and he seems to be quite settled. I can only see Michael Owen moving, there’s no way he fits into Big Sams 4-3-3 formation. So we can assume it’s bye bye Michael, and to be honest, thanks for nothing. TOON TOON BLACK WHITE ARMY

  • Chris F

    Jun 18, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    since it’s june, and not august, no i’m not that worried.

    the transfer window doesn’t even officially open until July 1st anyway, so there’s plenty of time before we need to start getting worried.

    i think what we’re seeing is Sam being prudent. he seems to have a good idea of value for money, and doesn’t want to be taken for a ride, even if we will soon have Ashley’s money behind us.

    Barton is a good example of this, we made him an offer that felt represented good value for the club, the team, and the player. West Ham offered him more money, but he didn’t even want to know. I know he could be a problem down the line, if he carries his off-pitch baggage along with him, but at least he picked what he felt to be the better team, rather than going for the one offering most money.

    I’d rather we signed 3 or 4 players on the cheap, that showed they want to play for us, rather than sign a couple of big names who only care about the money. We’ve had enough of that in recent season, thankyouverymuch!

  • valle

    Jun 18, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Well, one thing is being sensible with the money… sure that makes sense. But if Big Sam was to make Bolton signings like Diouf and Kanoute and play that dreaded 4-3-3. Then all we have become is the new Bolton from last year. Sure that would mean a top 6 spot and thats nice and all, but i was kinda hoping that with Ashley comming in, we would aim for proven top class (And that rules out Diouf and Kanoute) and as far as i understood, big Sam would have us play more entertaining at home than Bolton did.

  • nightfall

    Jun 18, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    well yes but having diouf and milner playing together…players who can both play on the right or left. with them changing sides all the time…it would be interesting…for us… and for the defenders of the opposite team:)hehe

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  • nightfall

    Jun 18, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    ok i just read about a slovenian 18-year old striker tim matavz (one of the most talented in europe…ok central europe) being linked with tottenham and chelsea…i’m not sure if that’s true, but i am sure that ajax, porto, benfica, dinamo kiev are all after him… the reason i’m asking is ‘cos i’m a slovenian and i just want if biritish press is saying anything about him…about chelsea and tottenham being interested in him…
    thank you

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 18, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Chris F – good point.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 18, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    DP – yes I well remember how Diouf acted – not good at all – but if he becomes a Newcastle player – he may even become a favorite – don’t forget he’s got a bit of class with the ball and can take on and beat players.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 18, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    nightfall – think Diouf and Milner – along with Charles N’Zogbia are all talented wide men (can I say wingers or would Souness object?).

  • Ross G

    Jun 18, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Why is there a story for this, we wont get any of these. Unless Diouf hands in a TR. Im just hoping Sam starts to wrap up some deals, im not panicking yet but we do seem to be aiming low at the moment. The only players we have been linked with that have excited me are Sagna, Davies, Coliccini, Beye and maybe Shorey. Baines has looked average for the U21’s he is good but light weight. Rozehnal is possibly a decent signing but not the type i would like next to Taylor. I would like us to be aiming a little higher even more expensive to capture those for now and the future. Sagna is probably the best RB in France right now, or Faubert/Beye even better he can also play LB. I would like us to sign 2 CB Curtis Davies as 1) he is better than Anton, and 2) i think him and Taylor would eventually form a top back two. The other would be someone older with experience but not necessarily 30+. Coliccini has played in Spain and Italy he has CL experience and is an ever present for Argentina. He has learn from Ayala and would provide awesome competition for Davies and Taylor which is what we need. As for LB, Sylvain Armand (27)at PSG is very useful and top clubs have looked at him, more importantly he is srong quick, and TALL! If we got him in or Shorey we will have a backline for at least 5 years. OK Sagna 6m, Davies 8m, Coliccini (6m/Luque swap +cash), Armand 4m. That is about 25m alot but would be one of the best back 4s in the Prem. We do however need to start making break throughs now as we prices go up and other teams enter he bidding, we dont exactly have alot of pulling power anymore.

  • Keep Oba

    Jun 18, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #14

    DP – I don’t really care if someone goaded us when he played for someone else. I would expect that. He is on another team, he should’t have to or want to love us. Besides to him Newcastle look much different (Big Same, Billionaire owner) than a few short months ago. I only care what someone thinks of the team once they are a part of it and in reflection of their time here.

  • Cathal

    Jun 18, 2007 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15

    these rumours about us are complete rubbish! sam has told us numerous times, even recently on an interview with sky sports news that he is not interested in attackers, he is concentrating on the defence! all this talk of diouf and bellamy and anelka and kanoute is complete rubbish!

  • Cathal

    Jun 18, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    and ross g- i agree about coloccini and about the full backs, like look how well chimbonda has done and he is similar stlye to sagna! but i do not agree about davies, i reckon he cud turn out to b another bramble and i wud prefer a more experienced already proven player for a fee of 8mil, such as andrade! and also i believe rozehnal wud b a gr8 signing!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 18, 2007 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Ross – we like Coloccini a lot too – think he can be an awesome center-back for us – and of course Sgana looks top class. On why is this a story – we thought the Diouf/Anelka story was real – at least for Diouff. Sam was interviewed again by Luke Edwards of the Journal yesterday – and he dropped a hint that Sam was more interested in these two – we think Diouff is a definite possibility – of course we could be wrong – but seems like he really wants to play for Sam again.

  • Ross G

    Jun 18, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #18

    cathal, you obviously know little about football if you think Davies is the nex Bramble. Probably the most nieve statement i have ever heard. If we dont ge him, watch how well he does with the team the do. I think the phrase ‘eat your own words’ comes to mind. Stick to champ manager mate!

  • Matthew

    Jun 19, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #19

    i hope that we have no plans of signing El Hadji Diouf he is a nasty player who is not worth a penny and what the hell is he looking at upfronts for the key of success is having a good defence and i can say newcastle only have one good defender (steven taylor) we need more also bramble thank god he has gone also i want antom ferdinhand from west ham he is a good player who will do good for the club


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