Amara Diane Would Love To Play For Newcastle

The gossip papers may take regular swipes at Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan, but it seems to us lots of players wax lyrical about Kevin and the Tyneside club.


PSG’s Amara Diane – would love to play for Newcastle United

One player in that category is one of our targets Amara Diane.

Sky Sports is today reporting that Paris Saint Germain star Amara Diane says he would jump at the chance to join Newcastle United.

The Ivory Coast star has been checked out personally by Kevin Keegan last Saturday night, and he may well be a target for the club.

The 25-year-old forward talked to Sky Sports today:

“Kevin Keegan is a dream coach, his team always plays offensive football and playing in England would be a great opportunity,”

“I know there is some contact between the two clubs and if an agreement is reached, I will go to Newcastle.”

“To play with Michael Owen would be great and there is also Obafemi Martins who is a top striker.”

“The Premier League is attractive and some of my Ivorian friends are there so I would be in good company.”

It’s nice to hear that from our targets – and don’t believe all you hear about players not wanting to come to bonny Newcastle and play for Kevin Keegan.

Amara has played 44 times for PSG since 2006 and scored 7 goals.

Diane is thought to be one of the hottest prospects in Ivory Coast football, and has been dubbed ‘The New Drogba’.

Comments welcome.

75 comments so far

  • Mehzeb

    May 14, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Diane would be a quality signing, and I reckon we could actually land him on the cheap. Probably something in the region of 2m.

  • Ant (Smith's a smoggy)

    May 14, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Fantastic news. Sign him up. Even if he’s not going to be world-class, if he’s offering commitment as well as skill(had to add that before someone mentioned Alan “The headless chicken” Smith)

    Says he would love to play with Owen and Oba?

    Sounds perfect! His club can’t demand too high a price on a man dreaming of the toon either.

    A man who loves the toon is a man I want in my team.

  • Mehzeb

    May 14, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Plus, it’s about time we signed a player who really wanted to be here, and was not enticed by overpriced paychecks.

  • Leo

    May 14, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    7 goals in 44 games for a 25 year old… sounds great *sarcasm*

  • KKK

    May 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Is this guy a striker or a winger? I’m agreeing with leo, 7 goals in 44 games for a striker isn’t great. Is this really the “quality” signing Keegan is after?

  • liamtoonbirchy

    May 14, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    gomis was dubbed the new drogba not diane

  • dougnufc

    May 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    sign him and derdiyok up

  • Thomas

    May 14, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    I came across that stat too Leo.. Not very inspiring eh

  • Kash2

    May 14, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    Derdiyok looks a good player!!!!

  • Mehzeb

    May 14, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Derdiyok is exciting, Diane is someone Owen and Oba can feed off of.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    diane is lightning quick, and also has a good footballing brain, so is it true that we are in late stage talks with gomis?

  • liamtoonbirchy

    May 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    sign dunne, campbell, shorey, muamba, veloso, SWP, mcfadden, gomis/ashton

  • Bill F

    May 14, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    From what I have seen of the French league he has not struck me as an outstanding player. I think Cisse would be better and I also rate Feindouno highly, he is the unsung hero of St. Ettiene.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 14, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Strasbourg’s Amara Diane claims that Lyon, Paris Saint Germain and Marseille are all interested in signing him.

    The Ivory Coast hit-man has bagged nine goals in his first season with Strasbourg.

    The 22-year-old is already likened to his idol Didier Drogba and it seems France’s big guns are hot on his trail.
    so ed- you were right, he has been dubbed the new drogba

  • Nick C

    May 14, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #15

    I think we need Tom Toon on the case!

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 14, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    I like that he wants to play for us, but his goal record isn’t great. Am I right in thinking that maybe he is more of a support striker?

  • HeronMag

    May 14, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    I’ve heard it was 9 goals in 24 starts (13 sub)

  • Kash2

    May 14, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #18

    I’v elooked at his scoring record and it sounds quite impressive. It seems like he’s been a sub a fair few times for PSG, but considering they’ve been struggling for a while now and the nature of the French league, I think he’s done a decent job! Could be a surprise package, and i’d rather pay £3m for him than £15m for Gomis!

  • bailey

    May 14, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Where on earth does all this “alleged” information come from for goodness sake.
    Wait until KK/NUFC make concrete announcements.
    Unfortunately for me I am an anorak as far as this site is concerned but a pinch of salt is always needed before logging on.

  • Eric

    May 14, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Get him. Seen a little on YouTube. Reminds me of Obafemi. Quick and determined with skill. And he likes us – bloody marvellous that. It seems Bruce wants to grab Kapo. What a choice Wigan or Newcastle. He will be African Nations cup though. No matter KK will have a squad that can cope with that.

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 14, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t think Diane is a regular with the Ivory Coast, and Kapo is French.

  • Nathan

    May 14, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #22

    His Goals : Game ratio is absoluely pathetic, especially for the French league where the defending is abismal (remember Rozehnal and Cacapa looked good in France) He would be a poor signing, anyone who thinks otherwise through so called ‘proof’ on youtube is just kidding themselves. Do you remember all the Luque youtube videos? He looked like Jesus reborn to play football, he comes here and he can barely kick a ball.

  • Ant (Smith's a smoggy)

    May 14, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Bailey, this site is completely open and many different people come in and comment.

    There are of course things which will not be tolerated, not by the users of this site but by any Newcastle fan.

    1. Positives about Alan Smith, how do we know he works hard in training?
    2. Serious pessimism
    3. Lack of ambition

    Steer clear of these and every true toon fan should, and in the case of this site, will respect your opinion. Whether they agree with it is another issue, but they will certainly accept it.

  • Robert from Serbia

    May 14, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Amara Diane is a defender !!!!

  • Fred

    May 14, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #25

    We should sign Kim Kallstrom from Lyon

  • Nathan

    May 14, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #26

    He is a Forward…

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Eh he’s a good dribbler and has pace, good backup so I wouldn’t mind him coming.

  • faustino

    May 14, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #28

    On the stats you’d hope, as I beleive, he’s plays in behind a front two and not as a striker at all.

    However, a quick look into this kid will show you that he isn’t backwards in coming forwards concerning the Press and transfers; so it’s ‘a pinche a sel [sic]’ time. Had a quite alot to say about himself prior to the PSG move.

  • Carsoninho

    May 14, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Looks like a quick, messy dribbler. Too similar to Martins

  • Bob

    May 14, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Is he 22 or 25?

    Also, the least goals are scored in the French league so I doubt that the defenders are “terrible”, especially as France produces some great attacking players. It’s more likely the style of the French game that leads to a low number of goals.

  • geordie nick

    May 14, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #31

    if he is a striker then his goal ration is very poor


    May 14, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Saw him on youtube (best of 2006/07) and I must say I wasn’t that impressed…seems to be fast and technically versatile, but also looses often chances…by the way do not know his goal scoring record, but he’s no wehere near mighty DROGBA, sorry no chance.

    GOMIS is more like what we need! A big powerful striker who can keep possesion (replacement for DUKE).

  • TER

    May 14, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Would rather have Gomis. Again, we are talking about a player who has played for a shite team vs. players in good form playing for good teams.

  • dougnufc

    May 14, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #34

    He started 27 times this season and scored 13 goals

  • geordie nick

    May 14, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #35

    he has played 70 times for psg and scored 14 goals, very poor record in my opinion

  • irish_al

    May 14, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #36

    the psg game was against st etienne so they might of been watching gomis rather than psg players, diane is 25, the quote stating he was 22 was an old one when he was at strasbourg, he’s scored a goal every 269 minutes in league on so we are looking at an average of one goal in 3 games, the drogba comparison is labelled on loads of players and can not but taken to mean much in itself

    my assessment is he probably hasnt progressed as they would have expected in the last few years

    i prefer the look of gomis

  • Tom_Toon

    May 14, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Average to good player. Hes a winger/striker but also can play am. Hes better than Smith ill give you that. Id take him for a knockdown price at 2 mil to be a good impact player from the bench.

  • Hammy

    May 14, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #38

    Tom Toon for Denis Wise’s job…….

  • Tom_Toon

    May 14, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Dennis Wise is telling Poyet all our targets, the bloody midget.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 14, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #40

    he must be the little wonky eyed bastard, bout time he started showing us these signings he is been paid millions to go scout,


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