Newcastle Reported After French International Ludovic Giuly

There were reports in France yesterday in the paper l’Equipe, that have Newcastle linked with 33 year-old Paris St Germain’s attacking midfielder Ludovic Giuly.

Ludovic Giuly – Newcastle interested?

Ludovic can play as a winger or a second striker and he is a very experienced French International (17 caps) who turns 34 in July.

He has played at many top clubs:

1994-1998 – Olympique Lyonnais (100 appearances, 21 goals)
1998–2004 – Monaco (184 appearances, 47 goals)
2004–2007 – Barcelona (85 appearances, 19 goals)
2007–2008 – Roma (32 appearances, 6 goals)
2008– present – Paris Saint-Germain (57 appearances, 12 goals).

So this player has a lot of top-class experience, 458 first class appearances with 105 goals, and would be available cheaply from Paris St. Germain this summer.

The 5’5″ Lyon-born player signed for the French club from Roma for £2.2M in 2008.

Lodovic is well known for his direct style of  running straight at defenders with some speed and has lots of class.

Guily has played with the best of them, and while at Barcelona, he played on the right side of a three man forward line, playing alongside Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o.

Newcastle’s new transfer policy is to sign younger players 26 year-old or younger, and we think that’s an excellent policy for the future.

However, we also think that if an experienced older player would fit the bill for a couple of  seasons at Newcastle, owner Mike Ashley would not stand in Chris’ way to bring the player to Tyneside.

We have no idea if this story in l’Equipe is true, and we’ll just have to wait for the other 100 players Newcastle will be linked with during this summer – and that’s a conservative number. 😀

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Chris F

    Apr 26, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    i wouldn’t hold your breath on this one, way too old.

  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Too old for our policy..

    But I wouldnt mind see him signed anyway, he has a lot of experience and useful in many positions and at 33, he should not cost to much.

  • Ericles

    Apr 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Is this another contribution from some football fantasy league run by agents? We can expect an abundance of rumours now I suppose. We need some quality pace and flair added to the squad over the summer if we are to prove all the armchair plastic pundits wrong next season.

  • G

    Apr 26, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #4

    I liked the look of him whilst he was a youngster, but I think we already have this type of player in McLovin, so I see no point in signing a 33 year old, who will be 34 before he gets to kick a ball for us. Agree with Ericles that this story probably came from his agent.

  • Darling27

    Apr 26, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Far Too Old!!!

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 26, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Dont care about the age when a player has this much talent.

    However cant see it happening.

  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 26, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Apparently we are eyeing up Yobo…couldn’t really ask for a better experienced prem league centre back thats a realistic target.

  • Macas35

    Apr 26, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #8

    It worked for Bolton having one or two classy older players under Big Sam

  • Newutd

    Apr 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #9

    No way.

  • Bucks mag

    Apr 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Maca35 – good shout, the likes of Hierro, Djorkaeff, Okocha. Didn’t work so well with us – Viduka, Cacapa.

    But I don’t think there’s any truth in the story.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 26, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #11

    33 or not he would be a good signing, a high quality player, as players like him loose their speed they increase their guile, and he was a very crafty player to begin with.

  • Edd Case

    Apr 26, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Quality player in his time.

    Him on the wide right (before Messi) and Ronaldinho on the wide left with Eto’o in the middle – and that wasn’t that long ago at Barca.

    He’s got astonishing pace, maybe not as fast now at 33 but I bet he’d still skin plenty of left backs in the prem and certainly very good cover for Routledge, if not even a direct challenge for a starting position.

    For me, I’d have him, but only if he was very, very cheap.

  • PapaToon

    Apr 26, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #13

    fat too old, wouldnt be able to last the majority of PL season. It would take a toll on his body, instead better giving that bit part role that he would take up to a youngster. As there would be more to gain.

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 27, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #14

    coffin dodger 🙂

  • StuW

    Apr 27, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him as backup, he still has the quality, although there are better players available.


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