Newcastle Again Linked With French International Midfielder

News today in the Sun that Newcastle are interested in Saint-Etienne defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Blaise Matuidi – again linked with Newcastle

This is not the first time this year that Newcastle have been linked with the player, but there’s little new news in the Sun report, other than to say the fee could be near £7M for the 23 year-old 5’9″ player.

It’s almost certain that Alan Smith will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, and Alan Pardew will therefore have to bring in another midfielder who can challenge Cheick Tiote and add some depth to the Newcastle squad in central midfield

Last September Matuidi made his international debut in France’s 2–0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina, when he came on as a substitute, and he also appeared in the game against Belarus.

Matuidi has been the captain of his club since 2009, and the Toulouse-born Matuidi turns 24 early  next month.

He is described as a very strong tackler, and started his career with Troys in 2004, and he played 68 times with 4 goals for that club, before moving to Saint-Etienne in 2007, on an initial four year deal.

That would mean he could be a free agent this summer, and we cannot find any news that he has since signed an extension to his initial deal.

Blaise has so far played a total of 141 times for the Saint Etienne club with 3 goals, and the Sun is reporting Newcastle could make a £7M swoop for the player in the summer. In the past both Arsenal and AC Milan have been interested in the player.

This lad looks a good player and played 25 times for the France U21 side, and we’d like to think there is some truth in the Sun report about the Newcastle interest.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    looks a good player, but where do we play him? midfield is not our problem. we need a goalscorer up front and a top CH at the back, then a good winger.

  • Stuart

    Mar 16, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2

    If we sign him he would be cover for Tiote as hopefully Smith will be off.

    2 good players in every position is the dream!

  • nufcnick

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Gamerio / Gervinhio / Von Wolfswinkle
    Ben Arfa ———-Nolan———Barton

    2,3,1 is the favored formation for a lot of good teams these day. I think it would work really well.

  • Stuart

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    I wouldnt mind that formation like but you couldnt play Gervinho up by himself, he’s more of a winger than a striker.

    Gamerio or Ricky Van, definately though.

  • GeordieMeerkat

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #5
  • Lynxie

    Mar 17, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Well spotted Geordie Meerkat. I couldnt understand why we would make a 7m quid move in the summer for someone who is out of contract …………
    Come on Ed. Keeeeep up!


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