Newcastle After Cheick Tiote’s Ivory Coast Team Mate

Newcastle have been linked with Ivory Coast attacking midfielder Romaric.

Romaric – cut price deal for the Ivory Coast International

The Newcastle club will have found all about 27 year-old Romaric from their star Ivory Coast defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has been in great form for Newcastle this season, since signing from FC Twente last August f.or just £3.5M.

The Spanish Daily Diario de Sevilla is reporting there has been a row between the club and the player, and it seems Newcastle will move in quickly for what will be a cut price deal for Romaric, who turns 28 in June.

It appears the 42 times capped player is fed up at being on the bench at Sevilla, and that’s not unlike the case of Tiote at FC Twente, where then manager Steve McClaren hardly started the 24 year-old Tiote, who has rapidly improved his game at the Newcastle club this season.

Newcastle have been so pleased with Tiote, they are also said to be also tracking Ivory Coast International winger/striker Gervinbho at Lille,  and may move for that player in the summer too.

Tiote will give his Ivory Coast team-mate a glowing endorsement of the Newcastle club, since Cheick often waxes lyrical about the City of Newcastle and the Newcastle fans, who have quickly taken the defensive midfielder to their hearts.

Christian Koffi Ndri (Romaric) was born in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast in June 1983, and started his career with home-town ASEC Mimosas in 2001, before moving to Belgian club Beveren in 2003.

He then moved to French club Le Mans in 2005 before joining Sevilla in 2008, and he has so far played 48 times with 2 goals for the Spanish club.

The 6’2″ tall midfielder joined Sevilla for £7M from Le Mans three years ago, but are said to be willing to accept a lower fee for the player.

Romaric seems just a little old, although Alan Pardew has often said he also needs to bring in some experienced players in the summer, so this player could well fit the bill at Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • craigcoozy

    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Hey anyone noticed benni been released by west ham can we sign him up until end of season?? As an emergency ir is it to late??

  • davybtoon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    if he is a free agent then yea we cud sign him on short term deal

  • davybtoon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    this romaric would be a good signing he wud only b 32 at the end of a 5 year deal get him n gervinho

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Bring him in, 3.5 million for him ? good buy for an international footballer.

  • HalePeter

    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Benni hasn’t played because he doesn’t train and eats so much. He is so overweight and has no movement would be a waste on his high wages. Better off signing me up, i’d play for free too

  • dave 1961

    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    its bee said on hear that you can only sign a player that was out of contract in January, but it’s not the case because the new transfer system was actually against European employment law they had to make concessions so any player out of contract can be signed, and the only reason that the hole systems not collapsed is it suits the clubs that it doesn’t.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Why are we talking about Free agents ?.

  • dave 1961

    Apr 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    We need to be careful we don’t end up with too many African players, because they disappear for long periods to play the African nation cup, with the 25 man squad its risky

  • Stuart

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Dave, I think its a little early to be worried about that, I mean at the minute we only have 1. If we sign this lad and Gervinho thats 3.

    I know they would be three of our best players but I like to think out of the 22 other over 21s and the youth lads could cover them during the African cup of nations.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    IF he comes for cheap then buy him he can be usefull for us since we have lot of injuries and suspension so we have to INCREASE our squad depth with quality and bargain players

  • Toon_Ksk

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I checked him out on Youtube and he is seen on the video lifting up goal-posts with his team-mates. Amazing talent with good team-work.

  • SpaceGhost

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    My wishful line up for 2011/2012 season


    Saylor Papadopolous Colo Coentrao

    Krancjar Barton Tiote Nolan Ben Arfa


    SUB: Krul, Willo, Ireland, Ameobi, Jonas, Gervinho, Larsson,

    Forster loan out to a Premiership team for exp
    Ranger loan out to a Premiership team for exp
    Ferguson loan out to a Premiership team for exp
    Lua Lua loan out to a Championship team for exp
    Vukic loan out to a Championship team for exp
    Kadar loan out to a Championship team for exp

    Sol Campbell retain on a 1 year contract – helping out with rookie defenders , strikers & back room staff. Stephen Ireland retain on a season loan.

    L/WB – Fabio Coentrao – Benfica – 23 yrs old
    DC – Kyriakos Papadopolous – Shalke – 19 yrs old
    D/MRL – Seb Larsson – Birmingham – 26 yrs old
    AM – Niko Krancjar – Spurs – 27 yrs old
    AML/R/ST – Gervinho – Lille – 24 yrs old
    AML/R/ST – Max Gradel – Leeds – 24 yrs old
    ST – Daniel Sturridge – Chelsea – 22 yrs old

    ST – Andy Carroll
    LB – Jose Enrique
    DM – Alan Smith
    AMR – Wayne Routledge
    ST – Xisco

    A new owner & Jose Mourinho or Chris Houghton as manager 🙂

  • Toon_Ksk

    Apr 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Sadly, we got no chance of getting Sturridge. Not until he realises that he has no chance of getting ahead of the 50 million pounds blue trash can.

  • ochytoon

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Considering Coentrao is being touted around at about £20 million and is wanted by Madrid and such, we have no chance of getting him.

  • BillBurch

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    Spaceghost. How the hell can you mention Mourinho and Hughton in the same sentence?! Hughton is still unemployed while Mourinho goes from top club to top club! Mourinho could take on Newcastle and make a difference whilst Hughton could not take on Barcelona/Real Madrid etc! Get some sense!

  • BillBurch

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope that when we play Liverpool Carroll is left in no doubt about how we feel about his two-faced, lying, traitorous conduct!

  • ganiyu

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Sell barton bring larrson

  • wynsleap

    Apr 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #18

    African Nations players are great athletes and are well worth a look at.
    They also seem to have a great attitude and work ethic too.
    Also any purchases like Romaric or Gervinho (or both) would only help to keep Tiote more happy and settled here.

  • ganiyu

    Apr 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Some fans on this site fail to realise that newcastle utd are facing the most difficult periods in foot ball yet they fail to understand

  • Neun78

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #20

    space ghost are you crazy?? we cant loan out shane ferguson because he is to good allredy,
    that will be a waste of a talent in my eyes

  • gorskino10

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #21

    He got fined by the club for drinking night before a game and then since then he hardly has featured as a starting 11 player, would be a solid buy but depends how much i reckon they would want like 6-8 Million, might be alot of money for us.

    Just hope we get Long/Sturridge then i will be happy having two scorers who play completely different Long (poacher) Strruidge does everything he makes goals and scores them out of nothing which is great to have.

  • Sir Alan

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #22

    He looks a decent player. Alan Hutton is also available this summer. I would love us to sign him, he is fantastic at getting forward.

  • Sav

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Looks like every Ivory Coast player short of Drogba is going to be linked with us after Tiote’s successful 1st season.

    What’s that about Drogba…???

  • craig bell

    Apr 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #24

    only problem with being linked with all these african players is that if we do sign them then were screwed when its african cup of nations time…

  • Sav

    Apr 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #25

    That’s the least of our worries, mate. Its not as if we’ll be in the quarter finals of anything around then.

  • dave_barron363

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Am i the only one that thinks 2 goals in 48 appearances for an attacking midfield is a poor return…?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #27

    SpaceGhost – I like your way of thinking m8! 😀


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