Sylvain Distin Targeted By Kinnear For January


There is some news today that Newcastle United Football Club are plotting a January move for their former player, Frenchman Sylvain Distin.

Sylvain Distin – is he a Newcastle target for January?


Distin was on loan at Newcastle from PSG from 2001-2002, when he played 28 times for the Tyneside club, and at the end of that season, was offered a good contract by then manager Bobby Robson.

But at the last minute a certain Kevin Keegan of Man City came in, and took Sylvain to the north-west by offering him a better contract than he was offered by Newcastle. That was what Bobby Robson said at the time, in any case.

After his 5 year contract was up at City in the summer of 2007, he signed for Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth, where he is at the moment. And perhaps because Harry has now moved on to manager Spurs in London, there may be a chance that Distin is unsettled at Portsmouth – but that may be wishful thinking.

However, whether Sylvain would be willing to move to Newcastle, who are hardly a stable club right now with ownership issues still way up in the air, is a good question.

The reports say that Joe Kinnear has mentioned Distin’s name to Director of Football, Dennis Wise, as part of potential targets for January, with an offer of £5M said to be prepared for the 30-year-old Frenchman, who is a good player.

But Joe would have to get that money from outgoing transfers first, so we’ll need to wait and see, although we expect Joe to move quickly in early January.

Distin would be a good acquisition for Newcastle, that’s for sure, and he has immense experience in the Premier league, where he’s played over 250 games.

Sounds like a ready-made player to us.

Comments welcome.



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84 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Rather have Samba than Dustbin back.

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  • Jon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Everyone is welcome as long as it gets Taylor further away from the team.

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  • Beattie

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    our 3 centre backs are playing well at the minute, it would be a waste of our slim budget. we need a left back and a midfielder

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  • graeme

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #4

    He has already stated that he has NO intention of leaving Pompey. Why on earth would we want him back in the first place??

    He is no better than the players we have. Unless you are buying better than you have, whats the point??

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  • Simo

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Why not just keep Bassong and Colo?
    Develop them into a solid partnership.
    And lets be honest, Taylor isn’t a bad back-up!

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  • toonmadtom

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    if we need to sell to buy i think we should try and get rid of,Viduka, Enrique, N`zogbia and send Xisco out on loan. i cant see owen stayin put until the end of the season either. we should put a loan bid in for ramsey and buy warnock. what do you think

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  • tino97

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Distin is this a joke. He is a decent player, but for some reason I just don’t like him. I would prefer Samba and he is a more realistic target too. But to be honest we should be looking for a left back and a centre midfielder first. Then in the summer get in a another top quality centre half.

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  • Spiderman

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #8

    i agree with Jon!!

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  • hod

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    absolutely no idea why we’d be targetting a centre back. with bassong, colo and taylor we have enough. isnt he on like 60k a week at popey anyway? surely not worth it.

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  • Da Spellcheker

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10

    “former French player ” ??

    i think he still was last time i looked

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  • charlie

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #11

    guys we dont actually know that there is no budget, its all speculation speculation speculation. I think someone else has already mentioned that the 12 million for milner was meant to be set aside for transfers, that would give us a bit of clout in january…

    Lets just wait and see what happens. I do not think we will get Distin though he seems to be enjoying life on the south coast with pompey.

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  • charlie

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #12

    also our squad is so thin we really cant afford to sell anyone. Thats our problem we need more strength in depth.

    I would maybe sanction the sale of geremi though…

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  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Da Spellcheker 😀 I changed the wording.

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  • WesToon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Seems a little bit strange that we MIGHT be targeting centre backs???

    IMO we are pretty well covered in that area

    Midfield and Left back MUST SURELY be the Priority

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Sell Viduka, Zog & Enrique?..Er, NA!..

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  • BenjiToon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Surely the point is that we don’t know anything…still. Nothing has really changed.

    Kinnear has said a lot about a list, and Dennis Wise’s role being to aquire those on it. But no one (particularly the owner, chairman/managing director) has said a word about how much there is to spend, or if we will in fact be spending anything.

    I used to think the radio silence was a good thing, keeping the press and rival clubs away from out targets. But in the present situation of instability and uncertainty why would a player with ambition sign for us? Its a stark reality but true, unless Ashley and co. make some sort of statement about the future of the club then we may well struggle with anything but loans in January.

    I’d like to believe Joe when he says the owner will dip in his pocket if there’s a real talent out there….but history suggests that is veru unlikely.

    Nope, I reckon we have to work with what we’ve got and get ourselves well away from relegation by Xmas to stand a chance of brining anyone decent in.

    Exect a couple of departures though…

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  • Toon Olly

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    dont need him, bass and colo with tayls as back up is fine. we need LB and CM, riise and denilson would be tastey, but somehow denilson doesnt inspire confidence in me to suggest hed play well down this end of the table…id rather someone with a bit more clout!

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  • Desmond - DesmondBlog.com

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Can’t we just save up the money we acquire after selling certain players for an attacking midfielder or left back?

    I mean 5 million for Distin? 5 million for him to sit on bench? Or Kinnear wants to play Bassong at the left?

    Come on.

    Bring in Afellay from PSV!

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  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    id love the team to look like this after january (realistically)

    given
    beye coloccini distin riise
    jonas guthrie skjelbred duff
    martins viduka

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  • shearer4pm

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #20

    where are we gonna get 5m from,
    smith??
    owen?? why buy an injured micheal owen when u can get a=him free in da summer
    who can we sell, without leavin a hole in the squad,

    if given is as good as buffon, i would let him leave if we get the 60m that manc are “offering” for him, as long as we get all that for transfers.

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  • G

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #21

    I would move for Distin, but only for his versatility, he could provide the cover for left back and centre half. If we could do it on a loan basis I would be happier than spending 5 million we are unlikely to see a return on. If we do have 5 million or indeed 12 million as suggested above I think it would be better served spending the money on players in thier early to mid 20’s who have experience of top level football. Some solid prem experience with a couple of bods on loan from overseas if possible. We still desparately need some creativity though, as when we do have possesion we rarely create anything from it.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 26, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #22

    no player worth his salt will sign for jokeinhere period.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #23

    the only players who would come to newcastle in the current status que ,championship survivor types.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #24

    spelling mistake ffs

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #25

    I’ve just has a thought.

    Joe Kinnear is manager of NUFC!

    Unbelievable!

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Big fat NA to distin!..
    …He had his chance to play for us…

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s like a parallel universe ffs.

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  • toonmadtom

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #28

    i think wise done a good job bringing quality into the team so im looking foreward to see what he does in january. hopefully warnock

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Sylvia is a girl’s name anyway

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  • Obafan

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Let us continue by forming Colo and Bassong as our first CB pair. Tho’ if one of those 2 get injured then we must rely on Taylor (not good enough) and Cacapa (getting older and his last game at CB was awful!). So maybe a good CB would not be such a big waste and Distin is a quality player.

    I would certainly go for LB, CDM and a creative CAM. So for me CB is not our top priority!

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #31

    As the hives once sang
    “Whatcha gonna do? Anyone of you?
    Whatcha gonna do when we come for you?”
    As any EPL player worth his salt would reply “Joe Kinnear? Are you mental?”

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #32

    I can hear Wise and Ashleys shredding machine working over time right now.

    I wouldn’t get your hopes up of any significant signings..we have been down this road before..once bitten twice shy etc

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  • CHUCK

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Though a decent defender, bit of a mercenary and getting on in age.
    If the club is ready to spend the 5m. or so it would take, there are younger prospects or guys like Samba that would be better buys.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #34

    every day is getting more and more pointless than the battle of rourke,s drift to be honest.

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #35

    i seem to remember him saying he didn,t like newcastle anyway?

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Chuck: He’s having a go at the Irish now 🙂

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #37

    if i were samba why would i swap one struggling club for another,might as well stay at blackburn.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #38

    distin is as prone to gaffes as anyone here already, ta, but, no ta!..

    …Yes isaac!..

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  • THE BEAT.

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #39

    isaac hunt you know what it rhymes with
    grow up you silly t**t,i read your little conflab with your man chuck the other night.
    trying to make me out to be a nazi,f**k off.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 26, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Lunch break over. Time to get back on me heed.

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