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Newcastle To Sign Loic Remy In January?

6:22 pm, Friday, September 28th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

There are reports circulating that Newcastle United are interested in signing young French under-21 international striker Loic Remy.

We wouldn’t be surprised in the least if the 20 year-old is a real target for Newcastle United and could arrive at the club in January.

Now why is this?

Read on.

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Loic Remy - promising 20 year-old France Under-21 international striker

One of Newcastle’s strategies communicated only last week by Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort is that the club will scour the world for young and exciting talent. We know that France produces excellent youngsters who have real skill. If you don’t believe us Charles N’Zogbia is a great example.

Charles was excellent when he first arrived at the club 3 years ago when still only 18 years old and Bobby Robson at the time said he expected him to fight immediately for a first team place.

Loic Remy currently plays at Lyon and we now have their captain for the last 5 years – Claudio Cacapa – at the club and he can let Sam know exactly what Remy is like.

We also have N’Zogbia playing in the French Under-21 squad and young Charles will have trained with him at the last French Under-21 get together a couple of weeks back.

We also have a lot of French speaking players like Cacapa, our captain Geremi, N’Zogbia and Rozehnal to name but a few so if Newcastle did capture him he would acclimatize well and get plenty of support both on and off the field. Just look at the support Charles N’Zogbia has received this season from these players and look how great he is playing :D

Who is Loic Remy?

He is a promising young right-footed French striker, born on January 2, 1987 in Rillieux-la-Pape, France.

He plays for his hometown club Olympique Lyonnais, for whom he has appeared 7 times. He appeared 6 times last season and has appeared once for Lyon this season. He stands just over 6′ tall and has played once for the France Under-21 team and has also represented France at Under-18 and Under-19 levels.

Sounds to us like he’s the type of player we are looking for- Tottenham are also said to be interested.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours





19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Swanx // Sep 28, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    I know he is right footed, but what position does he play.

  • 2 Tom_toon // Sep 28, 2007 at 6:41 PM

    Striker. I looked at him yesterday as a possibility for a move for a young player. What a coincidence :o

  • 3 Tom_toon // Sep 28, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    We dont need him we need a Quick, good o the counter attack right winger that can deliver a good cross. Wouldn’t mind Odonkor tbh

  • 4 bennit3b // Sep 28, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Dont think this is for filling gaps tom, more building for the future

  • 5 Ed Harrison // Sep 28, 2007 at 6:50 PM

    bennit3b – exactly – just think of the players we were up against last Tuesday night – a lot were even younger than Loic.
    We really hope we can bring say 3-4 great youngsters into the fold in January – then we can always win the reserve league – which we think Sam would like to do :D
    Remember when ManU always were top of the reserve league every season.

  • 6 bobs your uncle // Sep 28, 2007 at 7:17 PM

    having read his description there i dont see why he’d leave Lyon, his home town club, young head off to newcastle or spurs? he’s better off being happy at home getting in the first team then joining a big euro giant, i think thats the way he’ll look at it aswell, this isnt le havre, this is lyon

  • 7 Ken // Sep 28, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Another good example of how our club is changing for the better. Arsenal’s recruitment model is not a bad one to follow at all, trophies in cabinets etc. Sir Bobby Robson had the idea when he arrived, unfortunately we brought English and it didn’t turn out as well. Looking at what Arsenal has done with youngsters from France and Spain, let’s get in on the act now.

  • 8 Callum // Sep 28, 2007 at 7:37 PM

    With all these players getting signed from France, soon we’ll be called Arsenal the 2nd which isnt a bad thing if you look at the whole of Arsenal football club at the moment :)

  • 9 Alex // Sep 28, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    I have nothing against none english players and if we can get a few more Nzogbias and enriques then all the beter .But where is all the young english talent it seems we are producing fewer and fewer.This can not be good for the England national team.NEWCASTLE used to turn out many talented youngsters from the youth Beardsely,Gasgoine,Waddle ,Niel Macdonald , Howey and they all went on to win England caps.This begs the question ,why is there fewer local talent being found and nurtured and brought through the system.IT cant be that the youngsters just cant play any more can it? that would be a disaster!

  • 10 Tom_Toon // Sep 28, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    This si from tribal football, i wouldnt read to much into it.
    BSA was interested in bringing Dejan Stankovic in during the summer i hope weecan still bring him, someone for milner to learn off, Good on the wings, fiersome shot, good crosser and passer.

    In – Dejan Stankovic, 3-4 young players to develop. Get em’ while they are cheap! Maybe a back up all around defender.

    Out – Baba, Carr, Pattison, Ameobi

  • 11 Si // Sep 28, 2007 at 10:07 PM

    What is wrong with the young striker that is out on loan at Preston? I could well imagine AC becoming demotivated about his first team chances if we sign a young player who goes into the team ahead of him.

  • 12 leo // Sep 28, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    tom toon…

    “I looked at him yesterday as a possibility for a move for a young player. What a coincidence”

    are you an agent or something? because you seem to know about young future talent and what not?

    where does dejan stankovic play, and is he quick?

  • 13 Tom_Toon // Sep 29, 2007 at 12:20 AM

    Nh mate just fairly bored and interested in my club. Not much to do when it peeing it down with rain.

    Stankovic plays for Inter Milan hes fairly quick, more powerful than anything for a winger.

  • 14 MattyS // Sep 29, 2007 at 12:31 AM

    From an Aussie Newcastle fan, over here at the moment. Why are the English so negative. Lack of English talent, maybe but maybe not?

    How about this for an idea.
    Firstly there is nothing wrong with getting some good European talent into our academy. I like the whole feeder clubs idea!!
    Everyone looks at Arsene Wenger and what he has done. He is French so he doesn’t care about developing players for the future British team unless he can get them on a good deal. British talent is overpriced so he gets the same potential for half the price from the continent at junior and senior level, except when he identifies a special talent (e.g. Walcott).

    So yes get some scouts out to find talents like Krul (at 15!). But also how about scouring England and the other British Isle countries for some young talent. Ok may cost a little more, but when they are very young this shouldn’t be that much.
    Look at Liverpool for instance. They have so many European players in their reserve ranks that there has to be some young scousers that are missing out! And no offence Everton fans but Newcastle can be more attractive career wise. Imagine if we stole someone like Rooney!!!
    Manchester Utd and City are following similar paths with their senior teams, and starting to with junior ranks (can’t back this up for City, but wouldn’t be surprised in the near future).
    How do Southampton, West Ham even Derby do so well over the years with junior British talent, when they aren’t (again no offence but they aren’t) bigger than us.
    Lets hope Sam and Chris have this as a priority plan

    Even if all the players aren’t quite up to making our #1 team in the long run. We can still make some profit from selling them to other clubs.

    Also all this talk about a lack of strikers. Owen, Rooney, Ashton, Bent, Defoe, Johnson, Heskey, Crouch. Any country would be happy choosing from that lot! England has been cursed by injuries recently that is all.

  • 15 Ashton // Sep 29, 2007 at 12:53 AM

    Macauley Chrisantus is a young talanted striker
    he is 17 of age and 6 ft tall , his goal-scoring led Nigeria to victory at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea, where he scored seven times in seven matches to become top goalscorer, winning the Golden Shoe, with Ghanaian striker Ransford Osei finishing a goal behind. He also won the Silver Ball.

  • 16 Ed Harrison // Sep 29, 2007 at 1:28 AM

    Buying young talent is to build up our squad – we have Carroll who is great but why shouldn’t we sign other young potential strikers – we should learn from being beaten by the young Arsenal second string last Tuesday – they have multiple great players in each position – it’s going to take a mind shift for us. But I for one really like some of the stuff coming out of the club on some of their strategies. We’ll be great again in 2 seasons.

  • 17 iain // Sep 29, 2007 at 5:21 AM

    buying players from lyon is like getting blood from a stone, there chairman/owner is one of the toughest negotiators in football.

    ask chelsea they paid 20+ million quid for essien, for that you could have 2 berbatovs or 2 oba martins.

    if remy is any good i hope we can get him, but with others clubs interested he wont come cheap imo.

    we desperatly need some more young talent, but we also need some players who are ready for first team football mainly a creative mf player.

  • 18 Lamesley Mag // Sep 29, 2007 at 8:06 AM

    Buying the better youngsters is a good strategy when it works; i.e. who remembers Hugo Viana and the Paraguay youngster (forgot his name) who looked like a sparrow, but played very little at Newcastle but made the Paraguay international team and World Cup.

    Agree, we need to follow the Arsenal Blueprint, bring in youngsters from 15 to 17+ years from all over, groom them in reserves until they’re ready for first team or sell them off to other PL/Championship sides. Under Mort, I see NUFC Academy paying for itself…..

  • 19 newcastle fan // Sep 29, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    i dont really care whats happening i jus want newcastle to play well not like today against man c




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