Newcastle Linked With Another International Striker

Newcastle have already been linked with lots and lots of players over the last two months.

Cheick Diabate – 23 year-old 6’5″ Bordeaux striker

And expect that only to increase in the next few months,  but the real problem we’ll have is which news stories are true and which players are Newcastle really after.

Most of the time the stories are simply made up. although there seems to have been some legitimacy with Newcastle being after players like Gervinho, Cheikh M’Benque and Kevin Gameiro.

Newcastle have put in bids of  £5M for M’Benque and £8M for Gameiro, who seems to want to  play his football in Spain.

Both offers were rejected – oh well…..

Newcastle are linked with another striker today, and it’s according to reports coming out of France, that Newcastle are interested in 6’5″ striker Cheick Diabate, of French club Bordeaux, where the wine is very good.

The Mali born player has only recently made the Bordeaux first team, and was out on loan to AC Ajaccio in the French second division in 2008-2009, and was also out on loan at Nancy for a short while last season.

The problem we have with this player is that he doesn’t seem to have been a  starter for Bordeaux for any length of time,  and has only played around 13 times for the first team with a couple of goals, and he’s also played for his country Mali 9 times with two goals.

From what we can tell of his record he doesn’t seem to be experienced enough or good enough to be brought to Newcastle.

If any of our readers have seen this lad play, maybe they can tell us  how good he is.

But from his record,  difficult as it is to gauge these things, we’re not sure why Newcastle would be interested in this player – but hey – maybe it’s one of those made-up stories. 😀

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    I never hear about him.

  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    if hes cheap ashley will want matter how crap he may be.

  • keeganjr

    May 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    WHO…??? Buy gameiro,gervinho and sightorson or what his name is… then we can steal borini from chelsea and we are good up front..

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    why are we linked with players who s starting name is Cheik

  • keeganjr

    May 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    it work the first time (roshan magpie)

  • estechco

    May 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Beat me to it Roshan Our transfer policy now consists of filling our squad with players called Cheik!

  • Jezza

    May 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Looks like we’ve just missed out on another of the FCB and Pardew’s top transfer targets:

  • Dyer8

    May 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Nolan Roux, ST, Brest, 5M, (21goal, 53game)

    How about this guy?


    May 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9

    ok seriously Gervinho has said he will only go to a club playing CL
    Gamerio said he wants to play in Spain
    and Sig has agreed to terms with Ajax

    We arent in CL, we arent in Spain and we arent called Ajax…..get over them.

    As for this lad being unknown and a bench warmer so was Tiote.


    May 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Also we have been linked with Hulk today…that made me laugh

  • Rotonda heights

    May 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    I thought we needed quick, mobile strikers, not lumbering giants, especially if we’re paying 4411 with ben Arfa behind the striker. How clueless is pardew?

  • joe

    May 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Totally agreed rotonda. Also a wide forward since HBA will be dropping back to midfield alot.

  • Brutooon

    May 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    He sounds like a decent striker, not until i saw his stats

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    May 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Apparently Zavon Hines of West Ham (On a free end of season) is interesting us. Quick and tricky player under 21 international I believe aswell.


    May 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Hines would be decent to get on a free from what i know of him (which isnt much)

  • Sav

    May 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Does seem to be that as Tiote was such a success we are trying to sign anyone else who has either been to the Ivory Coast, or who is named Cheick. Great policy.

  • leazes upper

    May 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    hopefully graham carr can find us a few more tiotes and ben arfas

  • keeganjr

    May 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    what about kalou, sturridge,sow, jovetic(fiorentina) doyle, adebayor(unlikely), take a pick..

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    May 14, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #19

    @leazes upper

    Agreed, there’s got to be some more hidden jems out there somewhere…

    I’ve looked into some of Arsene Wengers previous signings that were cheap and worked out well:

    Anelka: £500k (Sold 2 years later for £22.3m)
    Viera: £3.5m
    Van Persie: £2.75m
    Fabregas: £500k

    Total= £7.25m

  • Jose Enrique

    May 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #20


    Some people are completely deluded and you are all gonna be very dissapointed at th end of the transfer. Why on earth would Gervinho, Hulk, kalou, Adebayor and Gameiro want to come to newcastle.

    Gervinho is already playing CL football
    Hulk is on a much better team than us and playing CL football
    Kalou plays for chelsea and i coul think of 50 other teams that he would raher come to than us
    Adebaoyr plays for Real Madrid getting 100k a week
    Gameiro is a class striker why would he want to come to newcastle

    We and a big club anymore, yeah maybe we have 50,000 fans every home game and maybe we have some good history but do you seriously think any player cares about that. They care about playing at he highest level and getting the most money they can

    Im just being realistic

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Gervinho came back saying he would be open to a move to England.

  • The Entertainers

    May 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Has gamble written all over it, oh wait it’s the Mail who’s reported it! That’s ok then, now I know it’s complete rubbish .

  • Thump

    May 14, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes, JP, Gervinho also said “in the champions league”. It was reported here iirc.

    Also, that’s some sponsorship on that shirt…

  • will

    May 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Well said Jose, my sentiment exactly!

    So many fans are saying this one is not good enough, that one crap, wake up, we could now lower in the pecking order than Stoke

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #25

    He is tall a goalscorer young international like Carroll taller probably stronger. Graham Rondon and a goalscorer from France that would be good a centre back 2 left back and 2 wingers Samba Wendt Pueochan looks good and Lens

  • dazza

    May 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #26

    this guy fits the bill for me.

    serious potential…drogba-like physique and ability

  • dazza

    May 14, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #27

    snap him up before those yids and scousers come sniffing

  • jplizardking

    May 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Ed, Andy Carroll had only played a handful of games in the prem and only one game for his Country… yet, poached for 35m

  • ToonST

    May 15, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #29

    so many players is mentioned, that even I do not know who I’d like to bring


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