Middlesbrough Beating Newcastle To Young Digard

One of Newcastle’s targets, who we thought looked very good, is now in talks with Middlesbrough, according to Sky Sports.


Didier Digard – are Newcastle sleeping?

Newcastle may miss out on Paris St Germain young midfielder Didier Digard, after reports today that the French 21 year-old has been on Teesside for a medical.

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is keen on the youngster and seems to have stolen a march on Newcastle, who have seemed very slow in moving for their targets this summer.

That may be a little hard on the club, because that’s only true if we believe all the transfer reports are accurate, which is unlikely.

But hopefully the plan is not to wait two weeks until Kevin returns from his holidays, because some of our targets will have been lost by then, and speed is of the essence in the transfer market.

It is understood the player underwent a medical yesterday afternoon as manager Southgate looks to make his first signing of the summer.


Didier Digard

The fee seems reasonable at around £4M for the highly-rated French midfielder who stands 6ft tall.

He was at Le Havre from 1999 until he moved to PSG last year, where he played 16 times for the Paris club, and put in some very good performances.

Digard had played 72 times for Le Havre with 3 goals.

Didier has played at every level for the French Youth sides, and has so far played 4 times for the French Under-21 side, and turns just 22 next month.

Newcastle – where are you?

Comments welcome.

55 comments so far

  • Simen

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I dont think Middlesbrough has beaten Newcastle to his signature, if we really wanted him, he wouldnt have chosen them;)

  • Leo

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    good point simen

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Dont know anything about this guy other than PSG are willing to let him leave !

    Also if he was that good, he’d be playing for Arsenal by now. As Wenger has the French market tied up.

    No big deal.

  • scottish mag

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    they still havent agreed a fee so we can still steal him away from them, how good would that be getting one over on those f*cK*rs

  • Nobby!

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s the thing… We’ve already lost five players, but we haven’t signed anyone. All I hear are Newcastle interested in this and that person (no offense, Ed. I’ve checked other sources, too), but nothing’s happening! Have we even re-signed Owen and Taylor?

  • Jonny T

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    How do you know this guy is any good?
    I agree with Simen! In my opinion i think it would have been a mistake. He played 16 times last season for a club that almost got relegated from the french top flight! That speaks volumes!

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    I dont give a monkeys, he is probly shite.

    He will be a shite signing for the smogs to go with the rest of their shite team

  • beessi

    Jun 12, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    where the f***k Ashley and Keegan are?

    are they just whith their family and seeing Euro 2008…we are dissapointed for the way that is going we are losing 12-13 players and we didn’t buy any players yet…where the f**k are the words that Ashley said that if we stay in premierlaegu you will see a big club next seasson…if we really will los Digard,Turan,Emana etc etc players can you tell me who will sign we?…shit whith these management

  • Sav

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Don’t know about Digard either, but PSG were keen enough to sell by all accounts. Could he be that good?

  • Danny

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Were not missing out really, They’ve moved for him first and fair play to them.

    I agree with Simen that if we were really after him he would of choose us…No doubt about that!

    I think our main concerns at the minute are Gomis and Arda

  • William Gibbons

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Do you have any concrete evidence that Newcastle have approached Didier Digard to try and sign him?

    If not why are you writing that Middlesbrough beat Newcastle to signing him.

    Your “rumours” are undermining the Toon and just pissing people off in general!

  • Dennis Wise

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwnnnnn…… Think I’ll have another hour in bed!!!!!!

  • broon ale

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Ed Harrison. this is not digard. he is white.

    not black.


    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    We definately dont want him.As a club we have lost some of our appeal but middlesbrough are def not a bigger club.

  • Oba

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    He is white, you fool.

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Fools dont set up great sites like this Oba you tit

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #17

    all i can say is if he is not even good enough for psg and has jumed at the chance of the smogs he must be shite anyway. i aint worried about this player at all. i think i am mostly concerned at not re-signing the ones we already have, i would be alot hppier with owen and co’s contracts in the bag. how can we plan on who to bring in when we still dont know who is going out?

  • broon ale

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #18


    the pictute above is of a black player,

    digard is white!

    not black..

    thie picture above is the wrong bloke

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    broon ale – That is a correct photo of Didier Digard from the official Arsenal site. I’ve put another one in – it’s accurate.

  • Matthew

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #20

    If you look him up on google there’s more people talking about how good he is on FM than how good he is in real life.

    PSG want to replace him with Sessegnon too.

  • toon_mad

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    i aint worried if we didnt sign him, another pants player for the smoggies, along with alves and freak southgate who has maddy mcann anyway

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #22

    broon ale- get ur eyes checked the bloke in the pic is white and it has digard on the back of his shirt

  • craig chisholm

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #23

    broon ale… i nearly always agree with you man but i fear you were on the lash last night… the player above is white and not black and he is digard… i jsut checked up. how do you think he is black?? is your computer gone a bit funky??

  • Barry Bumhead

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Didier Digard is most definitely black going by the enclosed link

    http://cmfrenzy.com/mikedadude/wayno/Scouted Players/Didier Digard.JPG

    He doesn’t appear to have a face though! 😀

  • broon ale

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #25

    the picture i have is of a black player shielding the ball from denillson

  • peter

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #26

    being reading the comments on here,and would like to ask is this blog for childrens comments

  • broon ale

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #27

    since i last posted the correct photo has appeared just below it.

    there is 2 didier digard players. one black one and one white one.

    why is everyone saying i am seeing things. surely you can see that also.

  • broon ale

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #28

    ha ha ha ha.. Ed harrison!! you sneak. you had the wrong photo and you changed it and then claimed you had it write all along. i pressed refresh and the photo changed.

    you had a black player there before.

    you used the same photo for the first time you reported the story.

    I like how ed tried to make me look daft when he knows he had the wrong bloke up. ha

  • broon ale

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #29

    sneaky ed. cant get over that. ha ha.. i just admit when I am wrong but ed changed the photo and then done a cover up story!

  • Pete

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #30

    “if we really wanted him, he wouldnt have chosen them;)”

    you’re right, just like Huth and Woodgate did…..

  • Big Pev

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #31

    Why would he choose to sign for your circus side show of a club? You’re the laughing stock of the premier league and a graveyard for players!

  • Davies

    Jun 12, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #32

    William Gibbons. If you don’t like this site, go elsewhere. Ed keeps us up to date with all of the speculation and rumour, and we read it, because we want to read it.

    If you don’t like it, F*** Off.

    Thanks again Ed.

  • BoroRed

    Jun 12, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    thick fekers.. it’s the bloke with DIGARD on the back of his shirt..
    what do you need another central holding midfield player for? you’ve a team & jail full of em..
    you need to sell before you can buy Cashley wants his money back & realises you’ve paid over the odds for dross for years: Viduka, Smith, Geremi.. Owen signed cos he thought HOW MUCH!?!

  • clinta

    Jun 12, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #34

    so he is white then good that’s settled?? broon ale have a closer look this time mate!

  • Newckie

    Jun 12, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m absolutely gutted we’ve lost out to him. He was probably the best player we’ve been linked to and we’ve missed out to Boro. That’s Young, Huth, Woodgate, Boateng, Southgate, Ehiogu, Tuncay and Viduka we’ve lost out on to them now in recent years. When will it end?

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 12, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Davies spot on mate. Bored of people coming on here criticizing ed for all the hard work he does, he’s providing a service to loyal toon fans lets get behind him.

  • Bill F Splash the Cash Ash

    Jun 12, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #37

    If the transfer window is not open yet (not the first time this question has been asked) how come so many other clubs seem to be signing players. And if the management have done deals (again this possibility has been mentioned) why are they keeping it quiet. Especially as people are now getting their season ticket (hiked) renewals. Although having said that many fans would sell their Grannies to buy them.

  • bailey

    Jun 12, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #38

    This is my favourite site and Ed just reports on info found or received and doesnt make false claims about things necessarily being fact and just plays Devils Advocate to get responses from us. If he didnt do that then I dont think the website would be so effective.I know nothing about this Digard but he is obviously not with the French squad at Euro 2008-maybe that says it all.

  • John

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #39

    If Ed didn’t write about whats rumours are going round about our club there would be no articles which means no site ..

    I would be gutted if this site wasn’t here and im sure the majority on here would be the same…

    Best football blog in the world..Cracking job Ed

  • 51times

    Jun 12, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #40

    Haha, Hartlepool are a bigger club than Boro. It’s a f*cking sh*thole if any of you haven’t been too, it’s worse than Liverpool, I swear to God.

    And also, don’t let these Boro yorkshire inbreds post on the site Ed, most of us come here to AVOID having to deal with other supporters.


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