Newcastle Linked With French Defensive Midfielder

Here’s another player Newcastle are said to be interested in to add to the growing list.

Benoit Pedretti – 30 year old French defensive midfielder

And since it’s a player we haven’t yet reviewed on the web-site, here’s a piece on Auxerre star Benoit Pedretti.

The thing that comes out immediately is that the defensive midfielder, who has played for France 22 times, is just too old at 30.

Ashley wants players brought in who will appreciate in value at Newcastle, and the club will help them improve to their full capabilities, so Benoit just doesn’t fit that profile.

The exceptions to that is when the club haven’t got to pay out a transfer fee, which is why Newcastle may be interested in likely free agent, Johan Elmander, the Bolton striker this summer.

Reports coming out of France, say the League One side are resigned to selling the midfielder in the summer, and Fulham are also said to be interested.

Pedretti started his professional career at Sochaux, and played there from 1999 to 2004, and he then played one season at Marseilles, before he played at Lyon.

He joined Auxerre in 2006,  and has played over 140 times for the French club and has 18 months left on his current contract, and is valued at £6M.

We’d be very very surprised if this player is a Newcastle target this summer, and there’s just no way Newcastle would pay out £6M for a 30 year-old.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • listie

    Feb 24, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    We are linked with every player, and it means nothing until the summer

  • AndyE93

    Feb 24, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Interesting to see Peter Taylor is leaving Bradford only 2 months or so after he turned us down for assistant manager job. Possibility he may end up as part of the coaching staff?

  • gorskino10

    Feb 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Too old, used to be a decent player but we can get many decent players who are younger and cheaper so no point.

  • Solaidback

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed for jeez sake fella, didn’t you write a blog the other day saying that Ashley would only be interested in players of 26 yrs old & younger & now you’re posting articles linking us with 30 yr old players… why?????

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #5

    our best team at the moment..

    collo is better than steven taylor
    jonas is better than ireland on the left (good link up with jose)


  • wynsleap

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    The speculation just gets more stupid and fanciful by the day.

  • Ezedoesit

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Wouldn’t make sense. Yeah we need another defensive mid but only as a back up for Tiote. Why would we buy a 30 year old back up for 6 million!….

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  • Thump

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #8

    I think you’re right, 37. I think Jonas is a lot better on the right, though (when the poor lad is played there anyway).

    HBA could probably play in defence if needs be. Pure class.

  • chuck

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Forget this nonsense !

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10


    haven’t seen jonas on the right much, so i wouldnt know?

    but hatem looked untouchable on the right wing for marseille cutting inside like messi !

    think jonas has good link up with jose on the left and is tricky to cope with for a defender.

  • andoni

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Javi Marquez!! He’s pure class.
    And for the forward, Callejon.
    Both from Espanyol

  • mag1927

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    £6million for a 30 year old. Rubbish!

  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Nothing in the press or on internet about me…

    … Well we’ve been linked to everyone else. 🙂

  • cyprus

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Good team there 37. And I think BA and Jonas can switch sides during the game, throwing opposition in disarray! I’d like to see what Ireland can do too…

  • Phil K

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #16

    THIRTY ?
    A bit daft that would be to say the least.

  • Stuart

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #17

    I can’t wait til Saturday, a two week wait between games is far too long!

    Least when we’ve played we can talk about that rather than transfer talk for awhile.

    ontopic, far too old for MA to consider paying out £6m.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #18

    No way he doesn’t fit the bill to old & not good enough

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 24, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #19

    No. He’s no better than Guthrie never mind Tiote and Barton! I’d rather we kept our central mid fielders the way they are and bid for Hulk if we get into the Europa League as Porto are also in the Europa League so he’s not expecting Champions League football and we have the money now. If that ends in failure I think Luis Adriano could fit the bill, he’s fast, he scores goals and Gervinho must also be a main target.

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Thump, 37 BEN ARFA 37 , wasn’t Jonas’ first game for us against Man U when he skinned ’em on the right?

  • The Leazus End

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    I know most supporters on here talk a lot about transfer targets etcc…. but i would like to be gauranteed prem survival before all that speculation starts,
    we have a tricky game at the weekend against bolton who are no mugs .
    ive been a season ticket holder for some years now and i never get my hopes built up.
    3 points on saturday is far more important than being linked with a 30 year old frenchy IMO

    keep the faith

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Forget the transfer speculation until the end of the season. We better bring in players in the summer though as we have a thin squad and could be further weakened if Jose does depart. Sadly any decent wage offer from Liverpool will probably cause him to leave. What is our max wage now, about 50K a week for current squad members? Can’t see him staying for that. Colo will probably leave when his contract is up as well. In his first year I wouldn’t have minded but he is becoming an accomplished defender now. I hope this doesn’t play out the way it looks to with us selling off our best players because of wage contstraints. Lets beat Bolton on the weekend and forget about transfer worries!

  • The Leazus End

    Feb 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #23

    @ GeordieTwo // Feb 24, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Lets beat Bolton on the weekend and forget about transfer worries!

    spot on bud

  • nufc96

    Feb 24, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #24

    What happened to ‘buy em young and cheap’ like tiote. Unless he is being targeted to replace tiote 🙁

  • The Leazus End

    Feb 24, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #25

    does anyone know what number ireland is going to wear

  • Stuart

    Feb 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #26

    I dont think the wage cap is a rigid ‘you can’t go over £50k’ like.

    I reckon it’s like that for the majority of the squad, but key players would be offered over that if they’re showing that they’re integral to the team eg bull, barton, Collo, tiote.

    I expect that once we’re safe we’ll offer enrique a new contract around £55-£60k. He definately deserves it.

  • widgetwarbler

    Feb 24, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Go out and buy the lad Sterling as part of a deal for Enrique, this kid is going to be a world beater. Then buy Van Arnholt.
    Up front get Wickham and keep Routledge but teach him how to cross or get penalties.

  • henock1989

    Feb 25, 2011 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #28



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