Newcastle Off To Great Start With Cabaye Capture


The news that Lille’s Johan Cabaye has decided to join Newcastle United, got the Magpies off to a very good start in this summer’s vital transfer window.

Gervinho – another Newcastle target

Now Newcastle will hope to capture Cabaye’s team-mate Gervinho soon, and yesterday the local Sunday Sun newspaper said that Newcastle officials were confident of getting Gervinho, although one other club is also involved in trying to sign the Ivory Coast International, who is 24 today.

Apparently the situation is that Gervinho will make his choice following the Ivory Coast game African Nations qualifier against Benin next Saturday.

Newcastle fans have welcomed the signing of Cabaye,  but they will be delighted if Gervinho is signed, since he’s  just the type of exciting, fast and skillful forward they just love on Tyneside.

Gervinho has both scored goals and made goals for the French Champions Lille this season.

Lille coach Rudi Garcia however said after yesterday’s 3-2 win against Rennes that nobody other then Cabaye would be leaving the club:

“They are all under contract,” “The only one who can leave is Yohan Cabaye. All others are under contract and, if desired, will be in the squad next season.”

But that doesn’t seem to hold too much water, since Gervinho’s contract runs out next summer, and the French Champions  are hardly going to turn down a £10M offer for the player, which is what is estimated he’ll bring in the transfer market.

Newcastle have also reported to have made bids for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, Toulouse left-back Cheickh M’Benque and former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia over the last few days.

So Newcastle certainly seem to have done their homework this year and there seems to have been a lot of work gone into transfer bids already, and it’s still so early in this summer transfer window.

That adds up to so far so good for Newcastle fans who are hoping to see around five top players arriving this summer, with the money the club received for the Andy Carroll transfer in January.

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83 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    May 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    210M nor me…

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  • JAMSHA

    May 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • sammydolan

    May 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Too slow chicken mirango…

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  • JAMSHA

    May 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Not 1st lol

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  • ENNYOUEFFSEE

    May 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #5

    A fantastic start to the transfers. I hope there is more to come at the same standard

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  • Spuggy

    May 30, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Brilliant capture, one winger and midfield sorted.

    Then we MUST bring in some top class strikers and it’s job done on the offensive side. Gamiero, Gervinho, Sturridge, Zog – would all be great signings, although I’d prefer not to go for zog but wouldn’t be displeased if he signed as he’s quality and had goals in him now.

    Another quality CB/RB wouldn’t go amiss, but would be happy with a young star with potential.

    C’mon get some deals sorted soon, this will encourage other players to sign……hope this window turns out like we all want it to because it’s about time – all the fans deserve it for the misery that was the carroll saga, and now the enrique/barton saga.

    Everything crossed!!

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  • partizanovec

    May 30, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #7

    So, our first acquisition is CM player. Hardly the line where we lacked players, but for this price, I think it is good capture. Now, left back, right back, right winger and one striker at least.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    May 30, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8

    If we can snatch Gervinho, I believe we’ll only need 1 or 2 more signings of that quality to reach top 7, which in most seasons, would get you into Europe. If we can get into Europe, we could attract players of even higher quality.

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  • Robby Bobson

    May 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Linked with hoilett….to be fair hes been a different class in that blackburn team this season.

    Scored some wonder goals and has pace to burn.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    May 30, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Spuggy, who is the winger you talk about?

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  • Spuggy

    May 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #11

    I was just saying we need a winger. I’d like to see gervinho on the RW, think there’s a chance now his team mate has signed and rfa is here already. Then Arfa on LW for me, I know Pardew said play him as 2nd striker in the hole but I think we lack attack on LW and goals.

    Wouldn’t be dissapointed with zog of course, but its a bit like a dog returning to it’s vomit lol.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    May 30, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Cabaye is a good way to kick off the transfer market!

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  • Toon1978

    May 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Bloody hell Gervinho hurry up and make ya mind up.pffffffffffffffft

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  • toonbelmonter

    May 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #14

    well done partizanovec you managed to find a negative out of good news ffs he’ll probably be our best midfielder its not just about covering positions we need better quality everywer wen you can, that how you improve

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  • The Eternal Optimist

    May 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #15

    any more of this and the anti-Ashely brigade will be getting some humble pie as a suppository. Then they can either apologise and concede that he is a man with an unwavering plan or…….. get themselves a nice red and white shirt and sod off to the stadium of shite where the other non supporters of the toon live. am bored of your utter garbage as are most other true fans.

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  • boom boom cheick cheick the room

    May 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #16

    any more on yohan cabaye cause it seems the same article has been writen 3 times now i refuse to believe we have signed anyone till i c them in the famous black and white stripes what about trying to get bentner i think hedsuit our style of play also anyone noticed the talk about kevin nolans contract has gone quiete did he already sign did i miss it? i still think it would be better to get kev joey and jose tied down than to get any of these others in.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said Etennal Optimist. I still dont quite trust Ashley, but he’s no mug with the money and our signings are more measured and intelligent than for many years. Too many goons on this site find negatives in everything. That said, messing Joey Barton around after such a contribution this year is daft.

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  • geoff777

    May 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #18

    You always need more CM’s, it’s an area that is vital and we must have more strength and depth there.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    May 30, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #19

    2 strikers please,ranger out on loan,shola can make the tea at half time haha

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  • The Eternal Optimist

    May 30, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #20

    lol i don’t trust any footballers or people in business for that matter! People talk like we need an oil barron billionaire Jesus as an owner. I like Mikes lack of sentiment- there is no place for it in business or sport and we as a club have made some bloody awful mistakes because of sentiment.

    Joeys been great for us this year, well better than the years in court and jail while we paid his wages, but noone is bigger than the club.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 30, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Guys, we haven’t signed him yet. there’s still a distinct possibility of a club coming in at the last minute – and I can think of a lot that are more attractive propositions than us!

    Just saying – don’t get too happy until he’s stood next to Pards, black and white all over, and grinning for the cameras.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    May 30, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #22

    think barton will be on the transfer list in the next few days,after yesterday.

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  • tomnewcastle

    May 30, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #23

    I think we may need more than 1 quality striker up front if we want to challenge for top 8/7.
    Best and Ameobi are just too average in my books.

    Berbatov and Gervinho up top = goals

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  • geordiefinn

    May 30, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #24

    I agree with toonbelmonter.

    Players like Guthrie or Smith just aren’t good enough to take us to europe.

    Also, we lacked creativity last season remember, and we were forced to play Raylor and Colo as CM.

    Now bring on Gervinho and Sturridge!

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  • The Eternal Optimist

    May 30, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS that’s a fair point well made.

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  • toonfan76

    May 30, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Got to get Gervinho!

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #27

    how are we mucking Barton about ? he w nted a contract and we offered him one. it’s just his scumbag of an agent says it’s not long enough. but who in their right mind gives a nearly 29 year old a 4 year contrct. if he had signed the contract offered he would effectively be here another 3 years in any case and there is always the option to extend.

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  • Brutooon

    May 30, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #28

    The insider at NUFC stated for the 2nd time in two days that Gervinho will sign for NUFC

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  • JackButler

    May 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Barton is backing MA into a corner with is comments, cant see him playing for us again. Watched Cabaye last night and he looks a good player, Gervinho and Sow look even better through

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  • BournemouthGeordie

    May 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Good Attacking Team Hopefully:-

    Gervinho – Tiote – Cabaye – N’Zogbia

    Ben Arfa

    Sow/Gameiro

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  • geoff777

    May 30, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Cabaye can sign on Wednesday?

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  • toonruz

    May 30, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #32

    its going to happen people r getting worked up for no reason

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  • cousto

    May 30, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Glad to see Ashley’s plan coming into fruition. If these transfers come off, expect some fast, free flowing football next season.

    Will be sorry to see Barton go, but after all the trouble he has caused the club he should have accepted whatever the club offered him, and should also know to keep it zipped and not shout off to a room full of reporters.

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  • JackButler

    May 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Any chance of us getting Sow????????????

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  • geoff777

    May 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #35

    @BournemouthGeordie

    Really nice on paper … Pardew needs to learn French.

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  • geordiefinn

    May 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Barton deserves to be on the transfer list, because of yesterday.

    Is he really 28 yrs old? He is very immature. And his reaction about Cabaye?

    I think Barton has to go now, he’s not getting a new contract now and if he stays, he’s going to sit on bench. Barton’s going to ruin team spirit if he stays.

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  • The Eternal Optimist

    May 30, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #37

    in fairness after AC went he was average at best. See you Joey, it’s been emotional. If he stays I’ll be happy enough but using twitter to slag off the owners along with “I’d better be careful here, they are my employers” is as unprofessional as stubbing a fag out on an academy kid for me!

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  • tomnewcastle

    May 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #38

    How is Nolan our captain and leading goalscorer going to fit in if Cabaye is expecting to start?

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 30, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #39

    Mike Ashley has done nothing wrong with the Barton situation. We offered him a contract he rejected and just expected to get a better contract. No fooball player is bigger than the club and this is what Barton is starting to think. If Barton really wanted to stay at Newcastle he could og signed in January.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 30, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #40

    great start next in line gervinhio

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