Newcastle Transfer Update on Frenchman Rod Fanni

There is news today that Newcastle may be interested in French defender Rod Fanni – so we’ll run a transfer update on what we understand the transfer situation to be.

Rod Fanni was born December 6, 1981 in Martigues and the 25 year-old currently plays in the French League for Nice.

He is a defender and a couple of weeks ago was linked with a potential move to Glasgow Celtic for £3.5M.


Rod Fanni

Celtic were said to be battling it out with Monaco for the signature of Nice’s £3.5M rated defender in mid-May. Fanni would prefer to join a club involved in Champions League, which puts Celtic in a fairly strong position – but of course the English Premier League is far superior to the Scottish Premiership and several clubs in England could offer Fanni both a more competitive and higher level of football.

Fanni can play right back or central defense, stands 6’1″ tall and is said to be Lilian Thuram’s heir apparent in the French squad. If that’s true that’s high praise indeed. Fanni’s agent Dominique Six told the News of the World last June 24th:

“We have had interest in Rod from Monaco, Celtic, Genoa and St Etienne.“Celtic have looked at him many times.

He knows about that and would have no problems about going to Celtic.”

Fanni began his career in 2000 with hometown club Martigues for whom he played 63 times scoring 1 goal before moving to RC Lens in 2002. During his two years at the club Fanni played 33 times and then in 2004 he moved to LB Chateauroux for whom he played 33 times scoring 1 goal. In 2005 he joined Nice and has played for them a total of 57 times. In all Fanni has played 186 first class games scoring 2 goals.

Fanni’s agent Dominique Six went on:

“I got calls a few times last season from the Nice sporting director, Roger Ricort, saying that Celtic had been at a Nice match to see Rod play,” “It is a very big club that is always competing at the top level in Europe.“I was the agent when Momo Sylla joined Celtic, so I know it is a good club to deal with.

I understand why there is interest in Rod. It’s expected he will be in the French national team in the coming season.

“It is certain he will leave Nice this summer. I met the club president, Maurice Cohen, on Friday and we agreed this.

The only thing that will have to be decided is the price, since Rod is under contract until 2010.”

Last Wednesday Rod Fanni claimed Newcastle, Everton and West Ham were interested in bringing him to England. Fanni is keen to move on from Nice, having helped guide the club to Ligue 1 safety last term, and is ready to try his luck in England. We don’t know exactly if that means he is no longer interested in joining Celtic but we think so.

The 25-year-old says his agent has yet to confirm a firm offer, but is hopeful of finding a new club this summer.  Fanni told last Wednesday July 4:

“A host of clubs are interested in me,”. “They have approached my agent but haven’t made any offer for the moment.

Three English clubs contacted my representative.

I can tell you their names: Newcastle, Everton and West Ham. “There is nothing concrete, for the moment.”

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce wants to continue to strengthen his defense for next season and has already brought in David Rozehnal from Paris Saint Germain. Everton have yet to do anything in the transfer market, while West Ham may step up a gear following confirmation they will not be relegated over the Carlos Tevez affair.

Only Everton can offer Fanni European football next year but both Newcastle and West Ham could probably offer Fanni better terms than the Liverpool based club. Monaco have already had a bid of £2M rejected for the player, according to various reports.

Rod looks like he could be a good player and seems a utility defender being able to play at full back or center back – exactly the type of player Sam needs.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Steve B

    Jul 8, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Would be nice to see some fanni at the toon!

  • Lew Davies

    Jul 8, 2007 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #2

    never heard of him. But it is a Left back that big sam must get and soon. This would be just another Geremi type who we have now got so dont think this one will come off.

  • gordon

    Jul 8, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Dont think there is much Fanni in the bigg market lately would be a welcome addition.

  • Toppsy Krett

    Jul 8, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    There’ll be Butt and Fanni’s all over the pitch.

  • Rocky

    Jul 8, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #5

    I am pretty sure our interest in Fanni dried up. We were in for a period.

  • chris

    Jul 8, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #6

    butt and fanni lol!

  • ross

    Jul 8, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Butt and Fanni……….next thing you know we’ll be bidding for Harry Minge!!!

  • Darryl

    Jul 8, 2007 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Such mature public audiences you get here at the beloved Blog. lol

  • Ged

    Jul 8, 2007 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Please no…….can you imagine the commentry

    “Fanni’s been caught in possession”
    “Fanni’s wide of the mark!”
    “fanni’s blocked tackle……

    …… the quips …”there appeared to be more than one Fanni on the pitch”

    I’m sorry for the kid but let him play for Sunderland where his name won’t be such a hinderance

  • jeff

    Jul 8, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m just glad that Brian Penis dos’nt play for us any more. i dont think i’d be able to take my kids to the matches!!!

  • Rob Kirton

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #11

    To Say that Newcastle United had a Fanni playing in their defence wouldn’t raise an eyebrow at all.

    However this does all seem like agent talk. Sometimes clubs work with agents to peddle players, so if…

    a) Nice are peddling him
    b) Celtic have dropped out of pursuing him

    why should we?

    sorry this may be doing the guy a dis-service. Haven’t seen him play or even heard of him until now. Just call me a cynic

  • cooldj

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #12

    “and fanni was far to wide there. The gap allowed the attacker to penetrate with a lack of resistance”

    “fanni looks behind for butt”

    “he’s put it between fanni and butt there”

    “He’s taken both fanni and butt in one move. extraordinary.”

  • cooldj

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #13

    wait ive got an improvement:

    “he’s somehow managed to slip it between fanni and butt. He sees gaps that others don’t think exist”

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #14

    I knew something like this would happen – especially when we also have a Butt in the ranks. 😀

  • reggie22

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #15

    i can hear andy gray now “lets have a look at this in slow motion,the way dickov slid into fanni with real aggression the wet conditions make timing a nightmare ” lets see it from another angle !

  • valle

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #16

    LOL!!! =D

  • Ben Wheeler

    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s a shame he’s not Korean considering the way commentators switch their names around (eg. Park Ji-Sung / Ji-Sung Park). Fanni Rod has a much better ring to it!

  • Jacob

    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m sure we could slip Ramage in there.

  • Carl Armstrong

    Jul 9, 2007 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Dear o Dear.

  • Arty

    Jul 9, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m sure we got rid of most of the fanni’s at the toon when Sam took over, do we really want another one! I’ve never heard of him.

    However my version of wit

    ” and the striker is through on goal, only two defenders to beat, he charges into fanni, squirms off his shot, its over the bar, a close shave for fanni, with butt trailing behind, big Sam will have a go at both of them”.

    No I can’t see this one coming off, the transfer I mean. OMG.

  • Cathal

    Jul 9, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #21

    haha glad to c every1 is so mature!! haha fair duce to every1 hu said it tho, they were only sayin wat every1 was thinkin!lol all we have to do now is sign dat belguim left back de cock!!haha


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