Newcastle Transfer Update on Franck Queudrue

Franck Queudrue is looking to be a target for Newcastle to fill the vacant left-back spot – which has been a problem position for a few years.

It looks like the former Middlesbrough favorite emerged as Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce’s latest defensive target.


Franck Queudrue

The 28-year-old is now wanting to leave Fulham after falling out with manager Lawrie Sanchez. It is being reported that his representatives having held an informal telephone discussion with Newcastle officials, and it looks like the French B international has set his heart on a return to the North-East.

Dominique Six, the player’s agent, has said that both Newcastle and Everton are interested in the unsettled Frenchman. Franck has made it known he doesn’t want to work under Sanchez’s stewardship at Fulham. The former Northern Ireland boss was appointed to replace Chris Coleman – who was sacked.

Dominique Six said yesterday:

“Newcastle and Everton regard Franck as a possible signing,”

“Some Premier League clubs are looking for a left-back and Franck could be a good choice.

He’s a professional and is under contract to Fulham. But if an opportunity occurs, I will definitely study it.”

Everton are interested in Queudrue – but it would appear that Newcastle are in a strong position to compete for the player’s signature should Allardyce decide to bid – with the fee thought to be around ₤1.5M. Chris Mort – Newcastle’s new Vice Chairman – said during the last two days that Allardyce wanted to buy two left backs and another center-back so maybe Franck is one of the full backs.

The Journal has reported that Newcastle officials have already held discussions with the player’s representatives yesterday morning. Although nothing has been agreed – the talks are believed to have been positive – and presumably the next step would be for Newcastle to lodge a bid with Fulham for the player. Queudrue is said to be unimpressed with Sanchez’ tactics and the manager is seeking another left-back so Franck is now surplus to requirements at the London club. While we think Queudrue would be an OK signing it’s unlikely he would be a starter at Newcastle – but does fit the Allardyce mold – being a tall and experienced player.

The reports also suggest that Queudrue’s wife is unsettled in London and a return to the North-East is understood to appeal to her. Franck is said to prefer a move to Newcastle and hopes it will happen. As far as building our squad this would be a good buy but also expect Sam to go after another top left back with Nicky Shorey probably the favorite.

Franck started his career at RC Lens in 1999 where he played 41 times and scored 2 goals. He then moved to Middlesbrough in October, 2001 on loan and then made the move permanent the next year after impressing. He played for Middlesbrough over 150 times scoring 11 goals and was popular with the crowd. Last year he moved to Fulham under Chris Coleman and has played for them 29 times scoring 1 goal. He is renowned for his free kick and penalty converting ability – is 6′ tall and will turn 29 in late August.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Anders

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Must say I think this is just paper-talk.
    Don`t know much about Franck, is he any good?

  • Simon Martin

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    I think this guy is useless and is no better than what we have in the youth ranks.

  • Paul

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Agreed I think its paper talk not sure he’s the type of player we need/want at Newcastle.

  • Tony

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Well after his time with the Smoggies, I can’t imagine his lungs will be in very good nick…by the way I wonder if his agent is related to Didier Six, the former French International

  • roscoe

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #5


    ???Rozenhal Tayls Geremi



  • Tony

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    But seriously, Anders, he’s a bit of a hatchet-man. Gets his fair share of red-cards, although he does chip in with the odd goal or two.

    I think the stature of the man is that when he left the Smoggies, he went to Fulham…

    …I think this is a case of the Agent thinking, “Ooo, Mr Allardyce, I’ve got a left-back on my books, have him!”…

    …I think by the end of the summer we’ll have been linked with anyone with a working left-foot from Johnny Beresford to Long John Silver…or was his left leg the stump…I can never remember

  • Cicero

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #7

    If BSA is building the team we hope he is then Franck Queudrue isn’t the leftback we need. I think this is him and his agent offering his services to the Toon rather than him being one of Sam’s targets, however, if we can get him at a good price he would be a good squad player.

  • StevieA

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Queudrue is a very underated player who I think is wasted at Fulham. He get’s quite a few yellow cards but is good defensively and pretty good at getting forward too. He is quite a disciplined player as far as tactics go and I think he would be a great addition for 2 Million or so.

    He player very well at Middlesbrough and I know they were sad to see him go. Which is always a good sign!

  • Cicero

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Nah! On second thoughts we need squad players who are going to push to be first on the team sheet. Bridge and Shorey for the two left backs.

  • James

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Not Frank Queudrue because he is bit on the tubby side at the moment and he is french and we dont have a good record with french people.I rekon Leighton Baines was a good option ,not 2 keen on nicky shorey and unless BSA can work his magic on Babs. I cant think of a left back who would suit newcastle maybe wayne bridge but he seems to be a money grabber at chelsea and not playing for the football. Maybe a LB from Europe

  • roscoe

    Jul 6, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #11

    we should have got Roberto Carlos!!

  • Greg B

    Jul 6, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Ill say it again – Urby Emanualson.

  • Lunghit

    Jul 6, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Agree there Greg.

    Emanuelson wood be a great buy.

    Queudrue – are you pulling my leg?

    After all the good signings BS have made so far I really can’t see him going for a Fulham reject.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Queudrue, wouldnt of been my choice but who am i to question BSA!? hopefully if Queudrue is bought he will just be bought as a squad player and there will be a better left back on the way.


    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #15

    i would like to see Babs hold on to that LB spot. he is a quality player when applied correctly! Bridge would be a fantastic signing for us. holding thumbs on that one. i hope BSA manages to turn Luque around, i was so excited when Sounness brought him to NUFC, only to fizzle out into the reserve team, where Roeder would have left him till the end of his days had he had his way! such a waste of great talent.

  • steve

    Jul 6, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    This has got to be his agent trying to pump up a bit of interest – Queudrue is hardly ‘the signing that will shock the footballing world’ we may as well stick one of the fans in at left back as play him – I’m up for it and probably a lot cheaper 🙂

  • Obafan

    Jul 6, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    I think there are plenty of other possibilities to fill the LB gap. But we are always mentioning the LB, but what about our RB and our other CB?

    Can anyone tell me how things are going with the following names who were targets for NUFC:
    – Habib BEYE
    – Sami HYPPIA

    Quedrue is a decent player, but I think that Baba is better than him. So go for someone else for LB position.The problem with Baba is that he needs a coach who gives him confidence and who also keeps him motivated. BS is the ideal man to do that, so I won’t be surprised that we finally see the real Baba next season. I’m from Belgium and I saw Baba when he played for Anderlecht and he was fantastic, so he is not too old to get that form back. Hope he can improve next season…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #18

    steve – agree with you there.

  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 6, 2007 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #19

    he is rubbish and i would like leighton baines 100% franck doesn’t come anywhere near what we need for left back, we just aswell have babayaro left back

  • kev from ireland

    Jul 10, 2007 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #20

    get rid of babayaro, butt, owen for 15m
    buy Heinze(6m)and Curtis Davis(6m)(should of bought Bale or Carlos) and Senna(3m) from Villerarial

    Team Given,
    Taylor, Davis, Rozenzal, Heinze
    Dyer, Barton, Senna, Duff
    Viduka, Martins
    Subs: Harper, Carr, Geremi, Emri, Milner, Solano, Ameobi

    i should be the gaffa

  • Rich

    Oct 5, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #21

    ur teams shite kev


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