It would appear that Newcastle’s bid to sign Hamburg’s former Tottenham left-back Thimothée Atouba appears to have fallen through.
Thimothée Atoube – supposed to travel for Newcastle medical yesterday
But that’s not absolutely sure, with some confusing news being reported by his German club Hamburg, last night.
It seems the 26-year-old Cameroon international had been given permission to travel to Newcastle yesterday, presumably to undergo a medical, but instead turned up at the Hamburg club’s training ground.
But because of the uncertainty of the situation Atouba has not been included in the squad for the weekend game against Arminia Bielefeld.
A statement on Hamburg’s official website, www.hsv.de said:
“He [Atouba] originally wanted to travel to England on Friday to undergo a medical with Premier League club Newcastle United, but then surprisingly turned up at team training.“Because the Cameroonian’s future is unclear, coach Martin Jol has removed him from the squad for (Arminia) Bielefeld.”
To us this doesn’t necessarily mean the deal has fallen through, because his medial could have been delayed a day, or any number of things, but his move could still be on – we just don’t know.
Atouba has been capped 39 times by Cameroon, and was at Spurs in 2004, but didn’t have a happy time of things there, and stayed only one season at the club, and made 18 appearances for the first team.
Two days left in the transfer window, and we need at least four players through the door.