Is Sam Interested in El Hadji Diouf?

El-Hadji Diouf is one of a growing number of Bolton players wanting to leave the club early in the season. He has said he wants to join a club in the Champions League or with Champions League ambitions.

Bolton have put a ridiculous price tag of £10M on him which will help keep lots of clubs on the sidelines.

Would he be good at Newcastle? Let’s take a look at what Diouf has been saying.


El Hadji Diouf – was interested in rejoining Allardcye at Newcastle – but not at £10M

The Senegal striker claims Tottenham, Celtic and Lyon have all made bids for him, as well as two other have two other unnamed clubs. When Allardyce first left Bolton for Newcastle. Diouf was very disappointed and at the time it looked like he would be happy to rejoin Sam at Newcastle. Sam of course had bought Diouf from Liverpool for around £3M when he hadn’t done too much at the Mersey-side club since joining them for £10M in 2002. Since May nothing much has happened but since it looks like we need more creativity in the team Diouf may be a good capture for us.

Ed Hadji Diouf, who played very well for Bolton against Newcastle on August 11th, said yesterday:

“I don’t want to be going just for going’s sake.”“I want to go to where I will be happy but Bolton want a lot of money.”

“I want to play in the Champions League or at a club wanting to be there next season.”

Bolton of course have lost all three of their Premier League games this season, putting new boss Sammy Lee under pressure, and as well as Diouf, their star striker Anelka has also made sings he may be unhappy at the Lancashire club. We think Sir Alex Ferguson may be interested in acquiring Anelka before the end of the transfer window. Apparently Anelka has also been valued at around £10M too.

Speaking before Senegal’s friendly with Ghana at Millwall’s New Den stadium last night, Diouf said:

“If Nicolas goes I will be very disappointed.”

“We must keep Nico as we have been doing very well with him. We need to go up to the next level and keep our good players as well as buying some more.”

“We need to get five good players in and find big players. We have missed Tal Ben Haim but we also need midfielders and strikers.”

“This season we have the Carling Cup, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup as well as the Premier League, so we must have a big squad.”

“We don’t have a big squad like last season and I’m not happy about that. I want to play in a good team.”

Of course it doesn’t help anybody that Bolton have got off to a poor start under new manager Sammy Lee with three consecutive defeats and Lee must still prove to chairman Gartside, he is good enough to manage Bolton Wanderers. Diouf added:

“We are not happy to have made a start to the season like this but we got out of a similar position under Sam Allardyce two years ago.”

“Now we have a new manager, things are not going well but we just have to keep working hard.”

“Sammy Lee is a different guy but he’s a good manager. We are not having much luck under him now.”

“I have known him for a long time since he was head coach at Liverpool under Gerard Houllier.”

“But for the first game he put me on the bench – I don’t know why. When I came on I did well every time to prove I want to do well.”

Diouf scored last night for Senegal in a 1-1 draw with Nigeria at Milwall.

Let’s know what you think – would Diouf be a good addition to the Newcastle squad – for say around £6M?

Comments very welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Marosh

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think that buying Diuf will be a good thing. He’s just so arrogant and bigheaded. I don’t want this sort of players in our squad anymore. And also he is a mean player and I hope that we don’t want to have mean players in our squad.

  • Tom from Aus

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    it would be a waste of money. We have enough strikers at the moment with oba, viduka, owen, ameobi, luque. and smith can up front if needed

  • StevieA

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Diouf is a right winger. We need a quality right winger and he could be that player we need. Always gives 100% and is very physical and determined.

    Diouf also has quite a bit of skill so I think he would be a perfect addition for £6 Million. Solano is getting too old now to do the job he used to do, we can’t count on Duff so Milner and Diouf would be a good pairing on either wing.

  • George

    Aug 22, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Leave him at Bolton for me. This man has a bad attitude. He thinks he is gods gift to football, unfortunately his gift is definately not football. He is regularly spitting at opponents, which has got to be the lowest of the low. He regularly raises his hands against other players. Do we really want him. NO

  • Tom

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    @ Marosh…. I disagree with what you say, i think that assesment of him may have been correct 3 years ago, however since he has been woorking with BSA he has improved not only in attitude but on the pitch as well, he is well commited, has skill and theres nothing wrong with a mean player on the field, but off the field he is much calmer nowadays and him rejoining BSA can only be good i feel.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    No thank you. He is a nasty piece of work. Still not happy we have Barton amongst our ranks, although I’m willing to give him a go so long as he knuckles down and keeps his nose clean. One bad boy is more than enough for any squad though. We have had our name dragged through the mud once too often in recent times – enough is enough.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    He’s a very skilfull player and if Solano and martins leave, we’ll need cover!

    £10M is too much for Diouf but BSA knows him well so expect a bid to be made although likely to be rejected as BSA does not pay over the odds.

    We still need 2 or 3 more players and hopefully they’ll arrive in the next week.

  • Hadji

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Go and get him so i can have the Newcastle kit with his and my last name writen on the back.Good signing for sure.He reminds me of Alan Smith from time to time,except the spitting part which i really don,t like about him.

  • Stami

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    i would love to have him in our squad, have been saying so for a while now! as for him being big headed, im sure Barton will knock him back down to size…hehe

  • Steely

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Let me put it this way – if this chump arrives at SJP then I will debate stopping my support for the club! He is a proven nasty piece of work and and I think he’s the most disgusting player the EPL has seen! He’s average at best and would only disrupt the squad – no matter how good BSA is at “bringing the best out of players”!

    The quicker he leaves the Premier League the better!

  • Obafan

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    I can’t see why we need him; our attacking department is crowded and it will be difficult for BS to keep everybode happy; so why buy another one and one who is capable of creating a bad atmosphere amongst the players. He is a good player, but has got a very bad attitude.

    So please no; go for Belletti, Faye and Deco instead!!!

  • Marosh

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    @ Tom …..

    I’m not sure that there is nothong wrong with beeing mean on the pitch. Just imagine, if everybody will be mean. What the game will be then like ? Not happy with the idea … Don’t you think ?

  • danuneek

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    No way, simple as.

  • Luke

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    I would prefer we didn’t get him as he certainly has a history. We don’t need even the potentiality of that again. Saying that, he always fights the opposition (I mean that figuratively!), has a good touch and eye for goal, and the right flank could use his pace and competition. I wouldn’t buy him, but I trust fat sam if he we do aquire his services.

    Went to bed last dreaming of Riquelme in midfield alongside Barton’s bite. Can’t see it happening to be honest. Talk was Ashley wanted a galactico like figure to boost the team and the marketing drive, but this year’s for stability and (realisitic) growth. If all goes to plan, next summer should be very different.

  • Shearer 4 pm

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    took us long enough to get bellamy, bowyer and dyer out don’t bring him in goal scoring record is crap and so is his attitude

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #16

    You might not like Diouf but you have to admire his ability and if he did sign Big Sam would definalty get the best out of him. Dyer is gone, Emre, Duff and Barton are still sidelined, Solano wants to move and will almost certain not be here next season and N’Zogbia is still filling the left back slot. The fact is the more squad depth the better as long as it is quality and not quantity. Diouf would provide cover for milner or even challenge him for a place in the side, We need more creative players.

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #17

    I would not pay 10 million however.

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Butt OUT Papa Bouba Diop IN!!!!

  • StevieA

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #19

    It seems most of you think Diouf is a striker?

    He is a attacking right winger. He could be used upfront though if we are low on numbers.. 😉

  • TOON1

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Diouf can play right or left wing which is always good to have ,also behind the strikers ,got an eye for a goal or two aswell.Very good signinng if we can pull it off ,skillful strong ,and gets on everybody nerves [opposition]which we may need.Think he would aswell to join big sams black and white army !!

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #21

    Diouf, Diop, and Belletti in if not Diouf then Giles Barnes.

  • Lawman

    Aug 23, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #22

    If his claims of interest from Tottenham, Celtic and Lyon are true (which i severely doubt – especially Celtic who’ve got Nakamura!!!) then let them have him!!!

    Why would BSA want to get rid of one trouble maker and spend an additional £3m just to bring another one in???? I wouldn’t touch him at all.

    PLENTY of players out there who are much much better than him on AND off the field – even before you take the £10m asking price into consideration.

    Rather give the £10m to Mrs Solano in return for her to move back up to Newcastle so Nobby wouldnt have to leave! Just a thought…… hahahaha

  • Lawman

    Aug 23, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #23

    EVEN IF Gordon Strachan is interested, celtic fans would be absolutely livid…… he’d be public enemy number 1 for sure………

    remember the Celt-Livpl Champions league (might have been UEFA Cup – 1 of the 2) spitting incident???

    Fans went absolutely beserk cos he spat at fans , not at celtic players.

  • Shearer 4 pm

    Aug 23, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #24

    i also suport yeovil as i live in somerset and we played liverpool in the fa cup with diouf and he spat at the fans and at the players, the guy does think that he is god’s gift to man, then he came the next year with bolton and did the same only with a round of boos every time he touched the ball and he got kicked all over the park hahaha the twat

  • mo

    Aug 25, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Diouf is a very descent player that knows of his bad behavior now and is working hard to change. When was the last time he was in the news for bad behavior. I know the guy, met him before and talked in Senegal. His a dude looking to win trophees. He could definately help New Castle. His respect for Big Sam will keep him in line if Sam should buy him.


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