Newcastle Show Interest In Moroccan Striker

The Sunday Sun are reporting today that Newcastle United are ready to make a move for Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh.


Marouane Chamakh 
– is he good enough for Newcastle?

The Tonneins, France born Chamakh has spent his whole career at Bordeaux, and joined them back in 2002.

He has played 182 games for the French club and scored 42 goals, not particularly a good goals/game ratio for a striker, especially in the French League.

The Sunday Sun is reporting that he is ready for a new challenge and it is understood that Newcastle have already been in talks with the player.

Marouane turned 24 last January, and at 6’1″ is a target man who is good in the air, and he has a fair amount of experience having played for Morocco 30 times with 11 goals.

That presumably is the type of player we are after, who can fill in for Viduka, when he’s out injured, although we also have young Andy Carroll coming through quite well.

The Moroccan may be a good target man, but he seems hardly of the caliber we would expect Newcastle to be signing in the summer.

We think we can do better.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Been in contact for Chamakh since february, he is areally a very goos player.

    Finally linked to someone who i really want.

    You say he is not the calibre of player we want? Did you look at Santa Cruz scoring record before he moved to blackburn?

    We can get Chamakh for about 4mil.

  • seetow

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #2

    wall virginity!

    instead of zigic we get someone like him? come on ashley

  • toonfan1

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    neva seen him play tbh. tom toon- whats he like?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Chamakh is really a great target man.

    Ed – What are you on about he isnt the ype of calibre of player we need. You want Chimbonda!
    Have you seen Santa Cruz scoring record before Blackburn, it was very similar.

  • Ross G

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #5

    He is not good enough for us, he wouldnt start over Viduka for me. We need to get someone like Crouch, Gudjohnsen, Gomez, Gomis, or more hopefully Pavlyuchenko. Are you currently writing up a report on Servet Cetin, Suazo, and Acquafresca too. The Sun Sports editor is a geordie you do know that right? Which means he is would over report us, which means most of this is probably bull

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #6

    3 Days ago a sports magazine in france said the deal should be finialised by July and we had been in contact with Chamakh since February.

  • Tez131

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    So tom_toon would you be happy if we got him?

    What sort of money is he worth and what sort of money could we get him for?

  • toon4life

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    tom_toon good point bout santa cruz..

    i like chamakh give him a chance before people write him off and with keegans motivational skills he might turn into something special. he’s still quite young aswell so that works in our favour.

  • UTD111

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Would it not save time if we just started talking about the players United are NOT allegedly chasing??
    There’s less of them!!

  • 51times

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Ross G – Crouch, Gudjohnsen? No thank you, come back when you’ve actually seen a game of football with those players in them.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    We can get Chamakh for abou £4mil.

  • mozza

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #12

    sack wise hire tom toon

  • figsdad

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    no doesnt score enough goals..

    also we dont want servet cetin either ive done some research and came up with this..

    At the start of his Galatasaray career, he was heavily criticized for his susceptibility for making critical mistakes on the pitch. With his towering physique and strength he is capable of winning almost every header but his weakness on one-on-ones, especially against above average fast players, was apparent

    another doomsong and bramble allover again..

  • robertsa

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    thats canny good having arshavins facebook

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Santa Cruz: For Bayern: 155 games 31 goals.
    Chamakh: For Bordeaux: 180 games 42 goals.

    Not much different, very similar players, similar price and both suited ot the prem.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 22, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Tom Toon – i stand corrected if you have seen him – I’ve never seen him actually play and that comment about his caliber was based on the goals he scored – that’s all.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Based on goals to games then Roque Santa Cruz is as good as Chamakh.

    Chamakh’s game isnt based on goals, hes a target man giving assists.

  • dougnufc

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #18

    And Bordeaux doesn’t have players as good as Bayern who can make chances for Chamakh

  • Spyro

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #19

    in terms of hwat we are scouting, we are making the right decisions it seems, based on arda and arsha

  • Tasty Magpie

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #20

    I agree with Tom Toon. Chamakh is a very good player. Very good in the air, good technically and good physically. Really I’d much rather we got him for the £4m that Tom is quoting than Crouch for £10m. Also I feel that there is a good chance that Chamakh will prove to be a very good player in the Premier League whereas Crouch is and will always be merely quite good.

  • stk

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #21

    yea im all for giving tom_toon wise’s job! as long as you send me off to scout in brazil and argentina! haha!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Tom_Toon we had a discussion about this player a couple of nights ago, I agree with you and have seen alot of him,

    He has a deadly finish, one of if not the best in the league when he is on form, is tallish and a good target man, my only concern is i am not sure how he will adapt to the premier leagues physical side, though he has got quality and at 4million as Tom_Toon quoted its a steal.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Tasty Magpie, I agree with 99% of what you say, but I dont feel he always uses his height to his advantage.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed you really wrote bollox now, Chamakh is a quality big man, would be a great signing. hope it happens.

    and stop mentioning Caroll please, he has showed nothing yet to deserve this hype his getting.

  • Ross G

    Jun 22, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #25

    51 times – u r a clueless idiot. Both Crouch and Gudjohnsen are two of the best link up strikers in rcent preiership times, how can u especially not rate Gudjohnsen, tit

  • ScottyT

    Jun 22, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #26

    imo that russian striker from last night would be a gr8 signing if we can get him 4 as cheap as people have been saying. pavyluchenko or somfin.

  • micepie

    Jun 22, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #27

    He looks just like Ronaldo from here!

  • Leo

    Jun 22, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #28

    i dont know him just like ed and if i were to just look at his scoring record i would think he wasnt great, but he seems to have a following of positive comments

  • iain

    Jun 22, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #29

    ive seen a lot of french football, and tbh i cant say ive seen him stand out as someone i would want at nufc, his goal scoring record is on a par with cruzs but in a poorer league which doesnt have a reputation for cf coming to the pl and doing well.

    hes better than smith and shola becuase hes fit and strong, just a bit depressed this might be the best we can do.

    i dont think we can be gambling on positions we need quality, fine if hes a back up cf but really do need some class upfront to partner owen or martins.

    him or derdiyok fine for back up, but i really hope there will be another quality cf signing. PAVYLUCHENKO.

    at least were not going to spunk away 15m quid on gomis which it sounds like bolton are, unless its elmander there getting. either way glad were not wasting money.

  • newcastlefan

    Jun 22, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #30

    According to wikipedia, chamakh already sign for newcastle for 3 year deal.The website link http://

  • newcastlefan

    Jun 22, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #31

    According to wikipedia, newcastle already sign the player.


  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 22, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #32

    newcastlefan – I saw that – said he singed today and will be unveiled 1st July ….

  • Rocky04

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #33

    Ed- probably bollocks, seems much too much of coincidence that we signed him in the same day that he was linked! defo a fan writing that! probs someone on here!

  • richie

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #34

    done deal?? tomtoon tell me about him any use??haven seen him play

    on aimar, we should tie him up quickly hed b a great addition

  • Anthony

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    haha…people consistently overrate players in here

    how can people describle him as a great player while his goal scoring rate is so poor?

    and it is not fair to compare him with Santa Cruz, he didnt score enough goals in Bayern because of injuries and faced competitions with some top strikers, Makaay etc…while Chamakh isnt an injury prone, doesnt face competition against some top strikers, he cant even win his place against Bellion (even tho he has been good last season at Bordeaux)

    also, Santa Cruz always shows that he is a top quality striker in international level and always score goals in World Cup and Copa

    anyway Chamakh is a good skillful target man…but have doubts of his finishing and his physical side…but 4M, worths a gamble as long as people dont expect too much too soon

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Chamakh does get a few injuries.

  • oga

    Jun 22, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Hopefully we can get rid of Viduka


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