Reports Newcastle Have Signed Marouane Chamakh

We wonder if Newcastle United have already made the deal for 24 year-old Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh.


Marouane Chamakh – have we signed him?

We had an article out this morning that the Sunday Sun were reporting that Newcastle were interested in the player.

Now on his wikipedia site there is information that says he has just signed a 3 year deal with the club today, and that the Newcastle club will unveil him on July 1st.

Of course, we are well aware that Wikipedia is not too reliable, and it’s fairly easy to update the site, but it just seems odd that this would happen today.

Maybe somebody is just playing the fool – but we’ll see.

One of our readers – Nick C – is also reporting that in the Le Parisien newspaper in Paris,  and the Sud Ouest paper in Bordeaux today, they are reporting it’s a done deal.

If we have signed him, let’s hope he turns out to be another Roque Santa Cruz, who scored 19 times for Blackburn in just 36 appearances for them last season, and he cost Blackburn just £3.5M last summer from Bayern Munich.

At Bayern, Santa Cruz scored 31 goals in 155 games, (0.2 goals/game) and for Bordeaux, Chamakh has scored  42 goals in 182 appearances for them, (0.23 goals/game), as some of our readers have already pointed out.

A similar striking rate – so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.  😀

Here is our article today on the player, and also here is a youtube piece on him.

Comments welcome.

174 comments so far

  • Nick C

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Le Parisien and Sud Ouest newspapers are reporting it as a done deal today.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Probably not, but i really hope so.

    That youtube is just pictures.

  • Davy C

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #3

    I dunno anything about him – what’s he like?

  • toon4life

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #4

    id be quite happy if we pulled this one off..
    would be a good start and hopefully we can get him fairly cheap.
    perfect foil for owen and martins with his target man attributes and has bags of potential.
    with keegans man management skills could turn out to be a great deal IF it happens.

  • Nick C

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #5
  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Nick C – thanks – I’ve put your comments in the article – thanks!
    This may be a decent deal for us after all.

  • Ginkoh

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #7

    I really don’t know anything about him. Who’s he ? Just surprise. I wonder who made the deal. Keegan or Wise ?

  • simon winham

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    i hope we have signed chamakh it will be a good signing and we should get aimar to.

  • richie

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #9

    is he any good ??whats he like

  • toon4life

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #10

    skysports are reporting are interest in aimar now..
    for 4mil i think we should be pulling out all the stops for him.. great passer of the ball and could chip in with a number of assists potentially.
    4mil is nothing to mike ashley so where’s the risk?

    also since arshavin may be out of reach now what do people think of croatia’s ivan rakitic? i’ve followed him for quite a while now and his performances in euro2008 have won him a number of fans i’m sure… he’s also a younger option.

  • Matthew

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Ginkoh – Too early to say yet, if he turns out to be a good player then Keegan will get the credit for it, however if he turns out to be shite then Wise will get the blame.

  • valle

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #13

    well, i dunno much about him, but any player will do these days.

  • robertsa

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #14

    would like it but what about gomis and derdiyok

  • toonfan1

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #15

    does anyone think that if chamakh is being unveiled on july 1st that more players could be unveiled on the same day?

  • matthewjai

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #16

    my newcastle in fm signed him
    he’s good at the game
    haha and always score some spectacular goals

    hope this is true!!!!

  • toonfan1

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #17

    hey neeraj- chamakh looks like he has got a bit of pace. good finish as well. nice vid

  • Harry Worth

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #18

    The Wiki article saying that Chamakh has signed for NUFC was edited by someone with a Saudi Arabian IP address. How would they know what goes on?

    Smells of bullshit to me!

  • richie

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #19

    toon fan ye i do think they could unveil a few i think larsson and shorey are nufc players already

  • neeraj

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #20

    wat i liked in the vid was his control of the ball(first touch)
    and the way he maintained his ground to score
    he is a more of an assist kind of a player….
    might not score many but wld surely help us get some….

  • Marat18

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #21

    good spot!

  • Chris F

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #22

    if we had any deals done, they would have said so (they being the club)

    mainly because they need that sort of thing to drive season ticket sales/renewals.

    it doesn’t make any sense for them to have deals completed, but keep it quiet, as that just makes it look like theyre sat on their arses twiddling their thumbs.

  • reb

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #23

    i don’t understand. aren’t we clutching at straws a little?

    because santa cruz had a rubbish record for Bayern and did well for Blackburn and chamakh has a rubbish record for Bordeaux does not necessarily mean we have a good player on our hands.

  • Spyro

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #24

    i will believe it if/when it is annonced

  • Rocky04

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #25

    To be honest i doubt this deal is even true, more rumours. Dont worry though this week will bring some definite news and some kegan intervies hopefully!

  • Ross G

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #26

    I read about him on Wiki thi morning, as I do with all players im not too familiar with, and I didnt say that this morning definitely. So someone just updated it today

  • tommyy

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Where does it say that on Wiki?

  • Nick C

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Rocky, I guess it depends whether the French press are a bit more truthful than the slags we have to put up with in England…

  • Spyro

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #29

    it has been changed,i knew it was bulls**t lol

  • richie

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #30


  • Ross

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #31

    agree ChrisF, i dont think the club would sign numerous players, and then keep them under wraps until they hold some sort of unveiling night. surely they know alot of fans are frustrated with the lack of activity, surely it would not be in their best interest to do so.
    agree also with you reb, i’ve never seen this boy play, but the german and french leagues are different. however, for me the german league is similar to the prem, hence why maybe santa cruz has been able to find form here.
    but who knows, i’m just waiting until the signings have been made and i’ve seen them play before i judge/slag/praise.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #32

    if we managed to get him cheap this is quite a coup. He’s more of an assist guy but don’t be fooled he can score. he has amazing talent and is quite young.

    i’d be delighted if these rumours are true.

  • tommyy

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #33 official site.

  • Ginkoh

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #34

    If we already signed him so give him chance and we will see how good he is. However I want to know how much we paid for him ? Guess around 4-5m Euro ?

  • tommyy

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #35

    We havn’t signed him.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #36

    off topic, i have iniesta first scorer tonight, 20-1 put 13 pound on it

  • Albert Stigys

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Care to expand Tommy?

  • Ashton

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #38

    A mate of mine said that chamakh rejected a move to tottenham two days a go and he said that spurs offerd 7 million euros ( 4 million pounds )

    i don’t know if this is true or not
    thay say never trust the french so i don’t know 🙂

  • fip

    Jun 22, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #39

    im sorry but on wikipidea on his profile what have ya it has nothing about him been sold to us or anything related to newcastle utd.

    so i smell more BS

  • Parky93

    Jun 22, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #40

    i hope we have quality player!!

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