Newcastle Reported After Algerian Left Back

If we can get Coloccini to Newcastle, which now seems very likely our next top priority has to be a left back.


Inter-Milan’s Nicolas Burdisso and Lens’ Nadir Belhadj

Since we’ll have two Argentines at the club if Fabricio comes, why wouldn’t we go after his team mate for Argentina, Inter Milan left back Nicolas Burdisso?

The 27-year-old star, who suffered a broken nose during a Champions League scrap with Valencia, could be tempted with a move to England if Newcastle are indeed willing to offer up to £6M to Jose Mourinho at Inter, for the defender.

But with two of his colleagues at the club, that would presumably be a good choice for the player. We’re not sure if £6M is the price, but he has lots of experience, and would probably be the starting left back at the club, with Jose fighting to get back in.

Newcastle need another left back to challenge the young Spaniard coming season, and Nicolas can also play in the center of defense too.


Blackburn’s Stephen Warnock – transfer fee probably too high

We are still presumably after Stephen Warnock of Blackburn and we are reported today to be chasing yet another left-back, Lens fullback Nadir Belhadj.

Portsmouth and Newcastle United are among clubs chasing the player, according to L’Equipe, the French nationwide daily Sports newspaper.

L’Equpe are saying the player is rated at around £3M by Lens, and wants a move following their relegation of Lens from the French first division last season when they finished 3rd bottom, with Metz bottom.

That seems much like the case with Sebastien Bassong, whom we signed recently from Metz.

Because of their relegation, Lens will not be in  strong negotiating position, and we could probably get a good deal on Belhadj.

He is also said to be a target for Monaco, as well as the two premier clubs.

Belhadj is a Saint-Claude, France born Algerian, who has just turned 26 and stands 5’10” tall, and he has played 25 times for Algeria since 2004, with 3 goals.

Some details on his playing career:

Belhadj began his career at Ligue 1 club RC Lens in 1999 and joined Ligue 2 FC Gueugnon on loan in 2002, and after making 26 league appearances signed permanently in 2003.  Belhadj played 36 more Ligue 2 games for Gueugnon before moving to CS Sedan in 2004 and made over 30 appearances in each of his two full seasons with Sedan in Ligue 2.

In January 2007 Belhadj was bought by French champions Lyon for €3.24M (£2.6M) and signed a four and a half year deal. He was then loaned back to CS Sedan until the end of the season and joined Lyon again in the summer of 2007.  He made just 9 appearances for the club, with the left-back position held by World Cup champion Fabio Grosso, and Nadir left the club in January of the following year.

On 7th January 2008, he signed a three and a half year deal with his former club RC Lens, with Lens paying €3.6M (£2.9M) for the player.

Comments welcome.

80 comments so far

  • clinta

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    On the BBC website, in the ins and outs of transfer it says that young Ramsay has signed up for Arsenal after all?

    did I miss something ed? thought i heard on here that he had/ was in the process of signing for us?

  • GoesseN

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    sorry but he musnt be that good of a defender if they got relegated!… we need top signings not unknown young kids that are strugling in the FRENCH league of all leagues, its slow enough… if they got relegated there, then there is no way he’ll cope with the premiership.

  • simon winham

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Lets just get coloccini then look at a left back i would like to see us sign Nicky Shorey not Belhadj.

  • SingaporeToon

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Ramsey signed with arsenal. We signing aaron spears.

    The algerian full back seems quite good on youtube. Might worth a punt.

  • dougnufc

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Clinta, I think u got a little mixed up because we were not after Ramsey, instead we are after Aaron Spear

  • Ben

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    You’re getting confused with Spear. Ramsay signed ages ago for Arsenal (and looked very good in pre-season).

  • Spyro

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Clinta, we signed Aaron Spear, not Aaron Ramsey

  • GeordieJamie

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Its Aaron Spear we are signing not Ramsay

  • Danny G

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think Ramsey was ever gonna sign for us Clinta…Wish we did get him though!

    I have heard lots of good things about Belhadj, Supposedly a very quick player and if he was signed by Lyon then he must have stood out in France.

    He is still very young and would probably represent the best deal of all these left backs.

    Although if I had my choice then I would still go for Warnock.

  • Tom

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d go for a fourth option, Shorey : )

  • Graeme

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Burdisso is a top quality player and can play at variety of positions but he wants to stay with Inter so we can’t sign him.

  • Danny G

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Buying players from relegated clubs gives any team the chance to get a good deal, Just because he played for Lens who got relegated does not make him a bad player.

    Aimar got relegated and everyone was raving about him, The same with Seb Larsson!

    Are you trying to tell me that McFadden, Zarate, Larsson and Kapo are bad players because Birmingham got relegated?…Grow up!

    It is splashing out on average players from big clubs that has always been Newcastle’s downfall in the transfer market…

    Duff, Geremi, Smith….for example!

    We got N’zogbia from Le Havre who play in the second tier of french football and he is one of our best players…

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Warnock 0r Torosidis would be my picks for LB!..
    …Still think we need a play maker tho’!..

  • Jeff

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Actually, I think Bassong is talented enough as the back up of Jose Enrique,
    and with the addition of Coloccini, our defenders are good in both quality and quantity!

    So I think we better splash our money on a striker or playmaker, or even both! like someone said, Smith and Ameobi are invisible on the pitch!

  • Ericles

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    I no longer believe a word anymore. When I see a player in the stripes at a news conference I will.
    I have no trust in the media and no faith in the recruitment team of NUFC. After Friday evening it is obvious we only have two strikers and they did not play. It is not funny playing Smith and KK is not a comedian for playing him.
    What does Ashley want? The best supported side in the Championship?

  • MattyDread

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Jeff – I agree 100%

  • Big Dave

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Clinta. It wasn’t Ramsey, it was Aaron Spear.

  • robertsa

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #18

    burdisso wud be my choice. then my next shot wud be rat

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #19

    I think i’d go with Burdisso just for the fact that he can play in central defense as well… but seeing as that looks more than covered, I think a cheap £3-4M? Full back who (somebody said was) quick, just turned 26… instead of a fringe player who everytime somebody mentions him they include his broken nose.

    As long as Faye/Taylor/Bassong/Edgar pull their finger out this season and look worthy to be standing next to Colo then i’ll go with this Algerian. However, we need right back cover?

    What about Torisidis? Isn’t he able to cover both flanks?

  • gorskino10

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #20

    as there team is relegated u could get Belhadji and Paquet (YouTube him he’s amazing) for under 10mill which is ideal for a left back and striker.

  • Danny G

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree jeff…I think maybe 3 million on Belhadj and then splash the cash on a the best playmaker we can get!

  • chuck

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Moutinho or Veloso would be my choice for the midfield role.
    Bent up front.
    Evans backup and eventual RB.
    Tough choices for LB but would pefer someone with experience, untill Miguel comes into his own.

  • Leisure Suit Larry

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #23

    Ed, the article was spot on until you said “World Cup champion Fabio Grosso”, should’ve read “World Cup CHEAT and general lowlife Fabio Grosso…” part from that TOP article, and keep up the good work!

    Howay the lads!!!!

  • 51times

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Burdisso is not a left-back. He rarely plays there, and even if he was he wouldn’t come plus I think we can get better. I’d like Torosidis because he can cover all across the back four and in midfield, as well as looking a good player anyway.

  • daiv

    Aug 2, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Our priority is a creative midfielder who can run at defences and deliver clever passes. Is it just me or could nobody see that we created nothing. The defence did not look too bad. Why a re we concentating on defenders. we were awful going forward.

  • Richard D

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    I would prefer Nicky shorey who has EPL experience. News regarding a final bid for Eren Derdiyok could be true ?

  • Campo67

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #27

    danny g – duff basically cost next to nothing, geremi was a free transfer, and i agree smith was a waste of time. lets hope we sign coloccini and another defennder as well as a Att midfielder

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #28

    Y’right Daiv,
    but we did only have 9 players on, none of them strikers…Therefore none running into space, peeling off defenders etc, etc…We do NEED a PLAYMAKER tho’!..

  • toon1978

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Rich D you beat me to it mate i was gonna put the link up myself but i wont cother now grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr lol.

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Does Paquet play for the same team like?

  • robertsa

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #31

    burdisso wud come if collocini came i rekon. he is a right back but i doesnt matter two much its the same job just on the opposite side.Plus I think he is left footed so hes probly better at left back.

  • Tom

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Heres hoping the news about Derdiyok is accurate!! He can take the Viduka role when the Duke isn’t fit, and come off the bench when he is fit, just so we can get him used to English football!

    Does anyone else get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, we may have spoken too soon about the poor recruitment policy?

    It also really irritates me when reading people (not necessarily on this blog) calling Jonas, Guthrie or Bassong average players, or squad players! Jonas looked the part yesterday, Danny Guthrie has played really well in all the games he’s played, his passing has been precise and really measured, and Bassong looked composed and confident, albeit against Doncaster. Lets hope he gets another run against Mallorca, preferably alongside Taylor, he seemed to be really bossing the backline. If he keeps it up, I’d be all for a Collicini/Bassong centre back pairing this season!!

  • Taiwantoon

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    If Colo is secured. I think our priority would be a big striker…The duke is a great player but he is too injury prone and we really need to do something as shown in the preseason so far. Smith and Ameobi are just helpless…Someone like Heskey would do for me and this shows how desperate I am…

  • Shearer#1

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #34

    What about Taiwo from Marseille? He’s quality. Setanta are saying Stoke have made an £8m bid for Zigic.

  • 51times

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Taiwo would be class.

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #36

    Tom, put it this way, we’ve spent £6.5 million tops on 3 players, 2 of which fit straight into the first team and one a promising youngster. Sunderland have spent what, over £10million on 2/3? I have to say i’m getting more and more trusting of Wise etc and certainly do NOT think Ashley is tight.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #37


  • hitman

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #38

    burdisso and coloccini are best mates so that might swing it


    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #39

    I thought Taylor was very good last night he never put a foot wrong and to be fair Cacapa until the goal was decent, We looked good at the back and that was with two wingers as full backs

    Unlike any Keegan side of the past we lack creativity in the midfield

  • Rooneytoon

    Aug 2, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #40

    We do need a left back for sure but first and foremost we need a creative midfielder. We didn’t have one last year apart from emre and now he’s gone… We’re gonna get no where without 1. Guthrie looks a good prospect but is not the answer. We’re clearly not gonna spend much more so heres a few relatively cheap options… De guzman, kallstrom, ever banega. We need to do what mancity did last year and get someone like elano for 8m or under?


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