Newcastle Scouts Move Into Overdrive – Three Players Tracked?

We have no doubt that following Ben Arfa’s injury last Sunday,  the Newcastle scouts will be out there in full force, lining up some new players for the January transfer window.

Papa Waigo N’Diaye – are Newcastle interested?

Of course it will be hard to replace Ben Arfa this season, and we’ll lose points because of his absence, but Newcastle will still try to bolster their squad in January.

The last thing anybody associated with the club wants this season is relegation, and if it’s at all possible it would be great if could keep above the relegation fray this season – that would be real success – and help the old heart as well. 😀

There are rumors that Newcastle may be monitoring Papa Waigo N’Diaye, who is a 26-year old Senegalese International,  who can play on either wing and up front too.  Indeed the player was at Southampton on loan last season, when he appeared 35 times with 5 goals for the south coast club.

But the fact that Southampton didn’t pick up the option to make the deal permanent,  probably says he would not be good enough for Newcastle, but you never know.

Newcastle may well go for Birmingham’s Swedish winger Seb Larsson, who has so far resisted signing for the Birmingham club,  and he becomes a  free agent next summer.  The Magpies may try to pick up the 25 year-old up for a nominal fee in January, and we have to admit to being big admirers of this player, who is an excellent crosser of the ball, and started his career at Arsenal.

Another player that may be linked with Newcastle, as we reported earlier in the week, is QPR’s Moroccan midfield and winger Adel Taraabt.  While he was at Tottenham he didn’t come through much, but the lad has been in terrific form for the dominant QPR side this season, and he is still only 21 years old.

So there’s three players Newcastle may be going after, but of course, as we’ve found before, who the scouts and Chris Hughton are really after, is difficult to gauge, and they could well surprise us in January.

However, if  that surprise is on the upside – then great!  Somehow we have to recover from the enormous loss of  Ben Arfa for possibly the rest of the season.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • chuck

    Oct 6, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Seems our scouting system is getting into high gear.
    The three prospects mentioned, would`nt break the bank though only Larrson is the proven article, however the other`s are of the age where it`s difficult to judge and could turn out to be excellent buys.
    Have to say I`m pleased by the current approach to rebuilding and believe both BA and Tiote will eventually turn out to be excellent additions to the side, especially Tiote who IMO provides both a bit of steel to the midfield and can boss the side, providing both a ball winning ability and good distribution.
    It certainly would`nt hurt to bring in a few additions during the next window, as we know how injuries play a major role these days and it`s still not a given that we can avoid relegation.
    I believe we will stay up, but is it worth gambling on ?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #2

    We are in trouble if they are the quality of players we are looking at. I’d rather the kids were givena chance.

  • tdt

    Oct 6, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #3

    We may recall Lua Lua if we cant afford a decent alternative.

  • photocox

    Oct 6, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Is what worth gambling on ChucK? Staying up? That’s the name of the game right now, and I say whatever the price of poker is, we HAVE to be all in.

    NUFC’s splashing of the cash around has been historically hysterical, if you are fans of any other team, but last summer we took a tempered, measured approach to a window where we had to get it right…or else. This Jan. we could be in a similar situation regarding our placement on the table and teetering one way or another, so that same manner in which we acquired players has to be followed again. Building quality and quantity will take us to the promise land. I’d love to be the team loaning players out for first-team experience instead of taking on loanees to fill our first XI, and this recipe of browsing the lower divisions and lesser national leagues will be dividends if we even come close to what we did in the summer!

  • Solaidback

    Oct 6, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Whats the point in looking at these players now, when we still have Oct, Nov & Dec to get thru before we can buy anyone, unless we can find someone who’s a Free agent that is…..

    Why not use that new French lad we sign the other week, he’s supposed to pretty good on both sides from what I’ve heard, I know he’s only 19 but you never know until you try.. 🙂

    Get well soon HBA, we’re all thinking of you 🙂

  • CT

    Oct 6, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #6

    If we had £40 mill would we want Fabregas? Thought not, great player but always injured. Anyway we don`t have that type of funding so Lua Lua, Vucic etc is where we are. I think maybe ASH/CH and scouting team are underestimated by us, but not many Benny`s around for £5-6 mill. Danny G `s return will help

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #7

    I saw Taarabt when he played against Sheff Utd this season and they won 3-0.

    As a neutral, but a fan of Taarabt on the few glimpses I’ve seen of him I payed special attention to him.

    I noticed he’s actually a striker not a CM. He never comes back and defends, but it would be a waste for him to really. He operates in the opposition half. He drops to the edge of his team’s centre circle, when he ‘comes short’. He never goes into the opposition box either. The box seems to be a ring of fire to him. He wants to get through it, but just can’t so he gets the ball through it instead.

    Other than that he’s clearly one of the most technically gifted players in the Championship and that is so important in the EPL. Another attribute that fits the EPL is that he is very strong. Everytime the opposition jostle him (and this IS Chris Morgan) he just brushes them aside. He can almost play as a target man he’s so good at chesting the ball down, shrugging off a man and then sprinting into space.

    However, the game can drift by him at times, and his flashes of brilliance are stunted a little by this. If he can be more productive more of the time, get involved more and defend a little more then he could easily be Prem standard and a good player in it at that.

    I’d sign him if we could, but as QPR are probably going up I think we may have to wait a season or two (assuming we stay up that is!)

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 6, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry Geordiedoonsooth I keep hearing on here “give the youngsters a chance , give the youngsters a chance. ”

    Does it not occur to some on here that the youngsters are being watched and worked with on a daily basis and may not be up to it on a week in week out basis and to throw them in at the deep end might just knock whatever they have right out of them?

    I do not mean up to it footballing ability wise, but more psychologically and temperament wise. Football is littered with players that were thrown in at the deep end and cracked, players that were showing enormous talent for the game at 18 to 23 put on the big stage only to fade quickly into the sidelines, Francis Jeffers is one that pops into my mind straight away 20yr old 10 mil Everton to Arsenhole. 18 goals in a couple of seasons for Everton and 16 goals in his last 9 yrs.

    A very good case for not putting them in too early.

  • chuck

    Oct 6, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Look I would like to see Diarra and Pato, plus (Name him) arriving at the club, but we know it aint gonna happen.
    However i`m both surprised and satisfied with our most recent signings, BA for around six mill. plus Tiote for what was it three and change ?
    We know the drill, free agents and relative unknowns for bargain prices and looks like in the case of Tiote we got a bargain.
    Watched Larrson last W/End. was`nt that impressed though he is a Swedish international.
    If we can tempt him from Birmingham on a Bosman OK !
    The other two are still youngsters and Taraabt was at Spurs at a young age competing with a pretty formidable midfield bunch, soh !
    Point is this is the Ashley plan and we gotta live with it, all i`m saying is we could get lucky and we can always use the extra bodies.
    One thing though, we are in need of a real RB, love to get young Coleman from Everton, could maybe trade Smith in a straight deal, cause looks like he is becoming surplus, following Tiotes arrival.

  • Darling27

    Oct 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Taarabt would be a risk. Good player but has a very bad attitude!!!

  • Thump

    Oct 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Like Ben Arfa and Joey Barton, right Darling (christ that sounds more camp than I originally thought)?

    We’ve got no chance with Taarabt unless we offer high money and silly wages. The lad’s been at QPR for three seasons (two of which on loan) and now he’s basically the driving force behind the team – they aren’t going to be willing to let him go lightly; especially when you realise that he’s just signed for them this season and he’s likely to be helping them up to the EPL and they WILL need him.

  • chuck

    Oct 6, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Hey ! everything`s negotiable, how much you think he`s worth ?

  • Thump

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #13

    FIFA 11 rates him at £4m and maybe that would be enough for QPR but I doubt the table toppers would say no to a £6m bid – and I wouldn’t pay (or expect NUFC) to pay anything near that.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #14

    a think QPR would say no to £6million as they one of the richest clubs in the world they wont want to sell tha best player when ther want to be in the premiership so they can really go out and spend big time and win the things they want..just will nt happen, plus he isnt good enough, why dont we get robert pires on a 6month pay as u play deal ano hes ancient but he’l do a job when needed obv he would hav t be realistic in his wages but well he’s lookin for a club and could do a job as a say if needed

  • Thump

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #15

    QPR is one of the richest clubs in the world? That must be why they’re always challenging Real Madrid for players, eh?

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #16

    3 months to transfer market and it’s started already. Jeez am I sick of it… !

  • brighter

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Taarabt is absolutely no way for me.I watched him palying on TV when he was belongs premier league club.But always I feel that he wanted to dominate the ball and also that style looked like pigheaded.But of course I dont’ have seen him since he became QPR players.Do we really need that type of player??

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #18

    cupiddstunt are you telling me that Ranger, Ferguson, Donaldson & Vuckic aren’t better than these 3 players do me a favour.

  • Thump

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    @brighter: He’s a playmaker, so naturally he’s going to dominate possession. When he was with Spurs he was 18… he’s had a lot of time to mature and under the right management I think you’ll see a great talent emerge.

  • Chris F

    Oct 6, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #20

    i’d hope our scouts are out doing their job all year round, not just now and then! it is what theyre paid for after all lol

    also, papa waigo is utter garbage, if he was crap at southampton why on earth would he be any good for us?

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 6, 2010 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Geordiedoonsooth, Larsson is a quality player. He’s a bit slow, but he can cross a ball better than Raylor.

    Can’t comment on N’Diaye and neither can you.

    And Taarabt is definitely better than Range, Donaldson and Vuckic, but he does have years on them.

    People get caught up in the play the kids hype too much.

    Look at the last few generations. Only Carroll, Saylor and Milner have made it.

    It looks like those will make it, but you can always half the apparent ability and then you’re closer to how the players will turn out

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 6, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #22

    thump..a think you will find they hav the 2nd richest football owner in world football behind man city hes worth 17.2 billion and also hav briatorie and eccelstone worth billion or so..they said when tha took over they will be spending little to get to the prem but enough to make it and they will go all out when they get ther to achieve the most tha possibly can..why the hell nd how the hell could a championship club challenge real madrid for players think about it bit of a difference doesnt matter how much money players aint daft tha guna wana play at the highest level i.e champions league…

  • Thump

    Oct 7, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #23

    That was a facetious remark, GT. Congrats on spotting that.

    As for him being worth £17.2 billion – what difference does it make? We got Routledge off them for an estimated cost of Ashley’s pocket change. Plus, if they don’t get up here fast they’ll be done as far as spending for prem class players goes Platini’s fair transfer rules come in the season after next, so unless Mr. Rich ploughs a load of money into it now, then they might have some problems.

    Let’s also remember that Mike Ashley was a billionaire when he took over Newcastle United…

  • Brutooon

    Oct 7, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #24

    the thing is that we need cheap reliable wingers

    Ryan Taylor can play either side, he not a dribble type but his crossing is reliable

    Shane Ferguson can push the left winger position, but i still he is still young

    Guthrie can play on the right, so jonas can play on the left

    i remember 3 seasons ago when we play the 4-3-3 formation, barton is more on the left hand side, maybe he could do there (e.g. modric)


    Oct 7, 2010 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #25

    If we want to see the twos Swedes, Elmander and Laarsen then a good chance is next wednesday.

    EK qualification, against Holland, i will be watching.
    Istill think we should go for van Wolfswinkel though.


    Oct 7, 2010 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry, i meant Tuesday!!!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 7, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #27


    I think it’s more a case of CH won’t drop Nolan etc rather than give our good youngsters a chance.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 7, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #28

    there’s no evidence whatsoever to link us with Larsson again, just wishful thinking on your part, but he certainly wouldn’t be the worst.

  • Solaidback

    Oct 7, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #29

    It doesn’t matter who we wish we could have, nowts gonna happen until at least Jan, so we still have 3 months of playing without HBA to deal with, so the better option is to use the young lads like Vuckic or Yven Moyo, the new french 19yr old in the meantime or until HBA is back!!!

    Ashley/CH said there would be money for a replacement striker in Jan in-case Carroll gets sent down, so whats Ash/CH looking at doing now???

    All these crap-loid reports are pure speculation, no one from the official site has come out & said we’re defo after these guys, so no point worrying about if they’re good or not, it’s a min of 3 months away from even considering buying/loaning anyone!!!

  • Ericles

    Oct 7, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #30

    Recall LuaLua if needs be and give Ranger and Xisco some more outings.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #31

    I see on, they are running a poll for the Carling Player Of The Month (September)

    I think it would be a huge boost to him if we all vote for BEN ARFA


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