Newcastle Tracking Cameroon Midfield Star

News today that Newcastle may be after Cameroon international Achille Emana Edzimbi – better known as Achille Emana, or just Emana.


Achille Emana – highly rated 25 year-old attacking midfielder at Toulouse

Emana is said to be a target for lots of clubs across Europe, after having impressed for Toulouse since 2001. He has appeared 226 times for the French club and scored 28 goals.

The 25-year-old is highly rated as an attacking midfielder, and reports are that both Premier league clubs Newcastle United and West Ham have been keeping tabs on the Cameroon international.

Newcastle scouts are said to have watched Emana in action against Bordeaux over the weekend. With Newcastle already having four Africans in their first team in Martins, Faye, Beye and fellow Cameroon International Geremi – it could be an attractive destination for Emana.

And Newcastle’s new manager Kevin Keegan has already praised his African contingent, not only for their good play and work rate, but also for their overall professionalism at the club. They are all now designated African Geordies and Lamine Ditta, the Senegal captain, is also currently on the books until the end of the season.

Portsmouth were interested in bringing the player to England a couple of seasons back but that move never materialized. Spanish clubs Sevilla and Almeria and Italian clubs Fiorentina and Udinese are also believed to be tracking Emana and are reported to be readying offers for the player in the summer.

But reports suggest he would like to move to the Premier League and with Newcastle having fellow Cameroon star Geremi at the club, that could prove to be an advantage.

Toulouse are likely to value the player at around £6M, and if Newcastle are indeed interested, we would expect the club to move quickly for the 5’11” midfield star.

Emana will certainly get glowing references from Newcastle’s African contingent about the Tyneside club, the fantastic supporters and manager Kevin Keegan and his staff – if not the weather. Well it’s hard to have everything. 😀

We think Emana  would be a good buy if he’s anything like the African players we already have at the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

57 comments so far

  • Tripp

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m a little concerned with the african signings simply because of the ACN. The african lads have been brilliant lately and as KK pointed out, when they were away we lost 20% of our squad right there. Not a good thing.

  • Leo

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #2

    not a great scoring record for an attacking midfielder in the french league.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Geraldo Wendel, what a great player, immensly underrated, plays LM and LB. 14 goals in 55 games in the french game, not bad for a left wing-back.

  • Davies

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Have to agree with Tripp. We have a high contingent of players that will be buggering off every other January to represent their countries in the ACN.

    At the moment we have five, but I don’t know how long Lamine Diatta will be staying. Add to that the interest in Emana and Boussouffa, we could be up to seven players short come January 2010.

    All well and good if Keegan can persuade Ashley to part with enough cash to give more than sufficient cover for those six weeks, otherwise, no thanks.

  • ToonKing

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #5

    no thanks, ordinary player.

  • belfast toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #6

    got this quote off one of the lesser toon site’s a quote from keegan “Terry McDermott just turned to me with five minutes to go when they were singing and he said, ‘It’s like the old days, Gaffer’”. that give me shivers. For the first time in years I’m starting to believe again.

    In current form (last 6 games) we are level top with the scum just wish the season wasn’t ending so soon

    I posted this on another page i just wanted to make sure evey one got it

  • toonbully

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #7

    An enema (plural enemata or enemas ) is the procedure of introducing liquids into the rectum and colon via the anus . Enemas can be carried out for medical reasons as a treatment …

    THIS MAY BE EXCELLENT AS ENEMA OR EMANA can be introduced to help clear the shit out of our team ! Alan Smith don’t stand too close to this guy , as you may get flushed doon the pan ….

  • t-g-w

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Haha toonbully!

  • toonbrother

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Saw him at the recent African cup and he simply isnt good enough im afraid. He was even outshone creatively by Arsenal’s reserve team player Alexandre Song who was supposed to be the defensive midfielder of the Cameroonian side. Newcastle might not yet be a big name as far as the transfer market is concerned but we can surely do better than Emana

  • Alex

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #10

    stadium of light must be the worlds biggest enema then toonbully. when you see the amount of shit passing through every game played there.

  • Ross G

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #11

    thanks for clearing up his name, I was really unsure bit like Alan Shearer also known as Alan or just Shearer.

  • chuck

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Sounds like a decent buy, better than most touted for St James`s.
    Hope the level of talent brought in is the prime consideration, got enough squad players.
    Houghton seems to be doing a good job with the defence,been decent over the last few games,but still thin, could bring in a central defender and a couple of backs, guess Brown aint coming.

  • Ashton

    Apr 21, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #13

    M’bia is much better and younger than this guy

  • hanzowen

    Apr 21, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #14

    forget it! Let’s go & seek for some South American up & coming attacking midfielders.

  • iain

    Apr 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #15

    looks a good player imo hes trying to keep toulouse up on his own by the looks of things.

    just watched the french highlights on setanta and he was causing plenty of problems for bordeuax who are the 2n best team in france right now.

    also hasnt he retired from int football ??? so i doubt he would go the ACN.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Wendel of Bordeaux as mentioned above, hugely underrated would be a great buy, 4 mil or so!

    hanzowen, Macnelly Torres?!?

  • toonbrother

    Apr 21, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Well if the 2008 ANC is anything to go by, hes a 2nd rate midfielder.


    Apr 21, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #18

    What about Vahirua from Lorient good attacking Mid/Striker

  • 51times

    Apr 21, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Beye is now retired internationally so we don’t have to worry about him in 2010.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Craigg, i take it you dont wnt to to answer that again.


    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #21

    No not really it is my opinion


    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #22

    What about Danny Shittu or have you gone off him yet??

  • Tom

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #23

    One word



    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyway moving on, How about we play this side next season:


    Subs: Srnicek, Barton, Elliott, Clark, Gillespie, Asprilla, Kitson


    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Or this one:


    Subs: Harper, Dabizas, Elliott, Jenas, Acuna, Lua Lua, Ameobi

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Tom, have you ever seen Lulinha????? I certainly havent. Bought him on fifa 08 though.


    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Or for a laugh:


    Subs: Perez, Dumas, Boumsong, Babayaro, Gavilan, Tomasson, Bridges


    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Nice to see you still using your tryed and tested methods of research tom_toon


    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Anyway this is shit tonight and i cant be bothered to get in an argument with you tonight TT


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Not really, just making a point because he is one of them fm ‘wonderkids’, never seen him myself.

    Slightly depressing Manc City have reported struck a deal for Jo of CSKA for 20 mil. Where is our ambition.

  • 51times

    Apr 21, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #31

    We don’t really need a player like Jo though, do we? I’m sure we’ll bring in quality in the summer, just be patient.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Wouldnt say no to him, a big man with that much skills. Not since Viduka in his prime or Ibrahimovic!

  • figsdad

    Apr 21, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #33

    ACN every 2 years so we be ok next season..

  • obafemimartins

    Apr 21, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #34

    as many people say on here expect the unexepected so i wont be susprised one star player sign this season but we only we need one. the other signings will be players no1 has heard of and they will turn out good

  • Bill F

    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #35

    I believe I mentioned Wendell a few blogs ago, he scored with a header several weeks ago that wor Jackie would have been proud of. Another one to keep an eye on is Bahkary Kone he looks like a better version of SWP.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #36

    Ye, ive prviously said Wendel a few tmes in january, looking a very good player. Very underrated. I see it, bullet header from the edge of the box, was class.

    Peter Lovenkrands we could get for about 1 mil or so, for an impact player to add a little pace to our team. Rather him than smith!

  • Denny

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #37

    Why don’t we go for Ricardo Quaresma?? He’s a very good player like Ronaldo and a right winger which is just what we need. With KK in charge i believe he will be a superstar in premier league, the skill is just awesome…signed him please

  • Bill F

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #38

    We nearly had him before he went to Rangers (or was it Celtic) I think he did OK without being brilliant. I know he is in Europe somewhere but can’t think where at the moment.
    I wouldn’t totally write off Smith yet KK has a knack for turning sows ears into silk purses.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #39

    He is at Schlake

    Yep, he would be good for around 2 mil or so, perfect impact player. One of the fastest players i have seen, had some flair and scored some specacular goals. Rumour has it his wife wants to move back to the UK. Brum and Rangers are rumoured to want him, but i think we could sneak in as the lure of the prem is too great, wouldn’t bid over 3 mil though because we dont NEED a player like him, it would just be nice to have one.

  • Bill F

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #40

    You know what, at the risk of sounding like an idiot. I reckon Craiggs team, comment 25, could be ok under the right manager and in the right circunstances. They may have been rubbish when they were with us (most of the time anyway) but they were very good players at some point in their carreers and some of them have done ok since they left us.


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