Franck Queudrue In Newcastle Talks Monday


The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Franck Queudrue will be having talks with Newcastle United on Monday as manager Allardyce looks to solve the club’s problematic left-back spot.

We’ll take a look at that report – but we think Franck would be a good acquisition to the squad with the fee understood to be around £1.5M.

If Franck is signed – we still think we’ll need another left back to fight it out for the starting berth.

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Franck Queudrue

Queudrue is an aggressive defender and fits into the Sam Allardcye mold of being a tough, tall and experienced defender. The Frenchman was very keen on Chris Coleman’s vision at Craven Cottage when he left Middlebrough last year – but does not seem to get on with new Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez. Since Fulham have just signed Paul Konchesky from West Ham United yesterday – for an undisclosed fee – the door seems open for Franck to leave.

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 prefers a move to Newcastle and hopes it will happen. As for building our squad this would be a good buy but we also expect Sam to go after another top class left back.

The player’s agent, Dominique Six, revealed yesterday that Newcastle are in pole position to sign Queudrue – but we understand another club have also approached the 28-year-old. That club would prefer to make a move in the January transfer window because of financial constraints. Everton were said to be interested in Queudrue a week or so ago but wouldn’t think they were short of funds.

The opportunity to move back to the North-East, where he spent five enjoyable years with Middlesbrough, would seem an ideal solution for Franck and his wife ( and we all know it is important to keep the wife happy 😀 ). Here’s a little information we published earlier on Franck’s playing career so far.

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.

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13 comments so far

  • Cathal

    Jul 14, 2007 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    good player! could flourish under sam! very good in the air so fits wat sam is looking for in his full backs!

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jul 14, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    heis good but we need another left back, shorey please

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  • rich

    Jul 14, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #3

    dod’t rate the guy at all

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  • Sean

    Jul 14, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    i think he would be a great signing for a bargain price. this would realy make our defence look good (even better if we sign fanni) but i still think we should either sign baines or shorey.

    This would be my ideal defence :
    Taylor, Rozenhal, Quedrue, Fanni, Geremi, Baines/shorey, Huntington, Edgar, it has been said dyer may play right back and Solano played so well at right back last season. Thats 10 defenders 😀 and Geremi, Fanni, Dyer and Solano can all play in midfield aswell

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  • Sean

    Jul 14, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    I wonder who will take our free-kicks next season…

    Emre? Solano? Geremi? Baines? Milner? N’Zogbia? who knows?

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 14, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Sean – Franck Queudrue is also an expert at free kicks – and penalties.

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  • Gateshead Glenn

    Jul 14, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Quedrue wouldn’t be my first choice LB (I prefer Baines from Wigan or Bridge from Chelski) but he’d certainly improve the squad in our weakest position. If Babayaro stays the ex-‘Smoggie’ will provide competition for the LB spot which may even get the best out of Baba?

    On the plus side Quedrue would be relatively cheap, he knows the Premiership and our region, so won’t need time to settle-in. He’s strong in the air and can also take free-kicks. Only doubts are that he’s not a great defender and used to be prone to making rash challenges, giving away daft fouls and getting himself booked.

    Overall tho’, I’d give him a thumbs-up as a potential signing.

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  • Ed W

    Jul 14, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Not a massive fan, doesn’t really strike me as the sort of quality we need to push on, but always open to be proved wrong.. although worth it if he pulls this one off again – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peY105Qh3Ag

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  • AndyT

    Jul 14, 2007 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #9

    I dont see him improving the squad other than providing a little competition for Babayaro. He always looked a bit flakey with the sm oggies and Fulham were hardly a class act last season. Not sure on that one – still if Sam can get the consistency he may be alright as cover for a couple of seasons. I’d rather get in Baines or Shorey.

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  • Lew Davies

    Jul 14, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #10

    the only positive side to this potential signing, is that he has prem experience so wont need a time to settle in etc. Apart from that though, I’m not really impressed, I think BSA is getting desperate to sign any LB going after being knocked back for other players.

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  • Shaun Dean

    Jul 14, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Franck Queudrue is an average player and not a player Newcastle United should be going for. The fact of the matter is this would any of the Big Four buy him? I DONT THINK SO! or would Tottenham Hotspur buy him who this season have the best chance of breaking up the Big Four? NO! None of those teams would buy him as he is simply not good enough for them so if we want to also join the Big Four anytime soon we need so stay clear of players like him. Queudrue is no better the Babayaro if not slightly better. BIG SAM PLEASE STAY CLEAR!

    ………………..Viduka/Martins…..Owen

    N’Zogbia/Duff…..Emre/Dyer…..Barton/Atiba Hutchinson…..Milner/Solano

    Shorey…..Rozehnal/Brede Hangeland…..Taylor…..Geremi

    ………………………Given

    Shay Given for goalkeeper and hopefully for many years to come i would not have him as captain however as i do not beleive Goalkeepers are good as captains as they are not involved in games as much as outfeild players however in my opinion Given is the best keeper in the Premier Leauge.

    At left-back i would employ Nicky Shorey as i think he would be a realistic buy for Newcastle United and is a good solid player who now has England recognition and i understand that he has yet to accept a new contract offered by Reading however i rate Leighton Baines just as highly if not more only diffrence being that Shorey has height on his side and to the best of my knoledge Newcastle have the offical smallest team in the Premiership.

    I would have a Centre back pairing of Rozehnal ( who was in the French Ligue 1 Team of the year last year) and future England Internatinal and Newcastle United great Steven Taylor who i beleive should be Captain as he is Loyal, brave and has leadership qualities and do not beleive that his age or experience level should be a factor. For cover i would buy Brede Hangeland a
    Norweigeon International playing for FC Copenhagen who at 6ft 4in definatly has the physical presence plus i have heard and seen only good things from this man.

    Versitile Geremi should be a very good buy and do a solid job at right-back or wherever he plays at but i still hope Big Sam Allardcye goes all out to sign another right-back as i am still dissappointed at our failure to sign Habib Beye.

    Hopefully Allardcye can get the best out of Duff,Dyer, and Emre who on there day are very good players. N’Zogbia has undoubted ability and with a run in the first team he would only get better. Milner should also continue to improve and we have excellent back-up in Nobby Solano while Joey Barton could prove to be one of the buys of the the season and has the potential to get many goals from midfeild. Atiba Hutchinson a Canadian International would provide cover and be a brilliant squad player he is a goal scoring midfeilder who also plays for FC Copenhagen who shold not cost more then a few million.

    I would keep Martins as i think he is a fantastic player who will only get better. I would rotate Owen, Viduka and Martins, all three strikers have the ability to score 15 goals or more.

    In my opinion Carr is a liability, Babayaro is rubbish, Ramage is simply not good enough, Luque is a waste of space he has had no heart or determination everytime i have seen him play for Newcastle, Nicky Butt although was very good last season i think we should look more to the future lastly i dont think i need to say anything about Ameobi. However we need a squad and if we got rid of these then we would need a even bigger squad overhall then what we are currently under.

    I want Allardcye to start spalshing some cash but NOT under any circumstances on Franck Queudrue! but maybe on someone like Alan Smith, Eidur Gudjohnsen,Leighton Baines etc.

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  • Shaun Dean

    Jul 14, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Franck Queudrue is an average player and not a player Newcastle United should be going for. The fact of the matter is this would any of the Big Four buy him? I DONT THINK SO! or would Tottenham Hotspur buy him who this season have the best chance of breaking up the Big Four? NO! None of those teams would buy him as he is simply not good enough for them so if we want to also join the Big Four anytime soon we need so stay clear of players like him. Queudrue is no better the Babayaro if not slightly better. BIG SAM PLEASE STAY CLEAR!

    ………………..Viduka/Martins…..Owen

    N’Zogbia/Duff…..Emre/Dyer…..Barton/Atiba Hutchinson…..Milner/Solano

    Shorey…..Rozehnal/Brede Hangeland…..Taylor…..Geremi

    ………………………Given

    Shay Given for goalkeeper and hopefully for many years to come i would not have him as captain however as i do not beleive Goalkeepers are good as captains as they are not involved in games as much as outfeild players however in my opinion Given is the best keeper in the Premier Leauge.

    At left-back i would employ Nicky Shorey as i think he would be a realistic buy for Newcastle United and is a good solid player who now has England recognition and i understand that he has yet to accept a new contract offered by Reading however i rate Leighton Baines just as highly if not more only diffrence being that Shorey has height on his side and to the best of my knoledge Newcastle have the offical smallest team in the Premiership.

    I would have a Centre back pairing of Rozehnal ( who was in the French Ligue 1 Team of the year last year) and future England Internatinal and Newcastle United great Steven Taylor who i beleive should be Captain as he is Loyal, brave and has leadership qualities and do not beleive that his age or experience level should be a factor. For cover i would buy Brede Hangeland a
    Norweigeon International playing for FC Copenhagen who at 6ft 4in definatly has the physical presence plus i have heard and seen only good things from this man.

    Versitile Geremi should be a very good buy and do a solid job at right-back or wherever he plays at but i still hope Big Sam Allardcye goes all out to sign another right-back as i am still dissappointed at our failure to sign Habib Beye.

    Hopefully Allardcye can get the best out of Duff,Dyer, and Emre who on there day are very good players. N’Zogbia has undoubted ability and with a run in the first team he would only get better. Milner should also continue to improve and we have excellent back-up in Nobby Solano while Joey Barton could prove to be one of the buys of the the season and has the potential to get many goals from midfeild. Atiba Hutchinson a Canadian International would provide cover and be a brilliant squad player he is a goal scoring midfeilder who also plays for FC Copenhagen who shold not cost more then a few million.

    I would keep Martins as i think he is a fantastic player who will only get better. I would rotate Owen, Viduka and Martins, all three strikers have the ability to score 15 goals or more.

    In my opinion Carr is a liability, Babayaro is rubbish, Ramage is simply not good enough, Luque is a waste of space he has had no heart or determination everytime i have seen him play for Newcastle, Nicky Butt although was very good last season i think we should look more to the future lastly i dont think i need to say anything about Ameobi. However we need a squad and if we got rid of these then we would need a even bigger squad overhall then what we are currently under.

    I want Allardcye to start spalshing some cash but NOT under any circumstances on Franck Queudrue! but maybe on someone like Alan Smith, Eidur Gudjohnsen,Leighton Baines etc.

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  • AB

    Jul 15, 2007 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Thank god other people think the same as me! I was getting worried, Queudrue is the kind of horrible squad player you’d grimace at if he got subbed on. Please Sam, no! If we’re going to get back up to the heady heights of the top 6 we need QUALITY, not filler. Baines might be a bit on the short side, but he’s not going to come on to get sent off like Franck. Shorey – yes please, Heinze – go on then, Baines – give him some stilts, Queudrue -Noooooooooooooo!!!

    I would have suggested Bridge, but I think he’s fast becoming a sick-note and should be avoided (at least until we see if he might last the season).

    Cheeky bid for Riise anyone?

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