Newcastle Have Excellent Image In France


It’s not surprising that Newcastle have been targeting France for some of their new players this summer.

French Football Academy – Clairfontaine

Newcastle have had a number of good buys in France over the years,  including wingers David Ginola, Laurent Robert, Charles N’Zigbia and defender Sebastian Bassong,  to name just four of the fifteen signings Newcastle have made in France since the early 1990s.

Ligue 1 has some very good young players in it, and since the wages in France are quite low, it could continue to be a happy hunting ground for Newcastle.

Newcastle are in the most popular league of any sport in the world, and of course the club gets huge TV revenues each year.

And the news in the Newcastle Journal today is that the club’s new signing Yohan Cabaye, is tripling his wages to come to Tyneside, and will get around £50K/week.

Newcastle fans will be hoping Newcatsle will also be an attraction to Ivory Coast International Gervinho, who presumably will decide next week which club he will join.

And Newcastle have also received some terrific publicity for the excellent and compassionate way in which they have handled Hatem Ben Arfa’a double leg break, since last October.

Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias, former manager Chris Hughton and current manager Alan Pardew have all made trips to the French Football Academy Clairfontaine, just south of Paris, to visit the player while he was recovering from his very serious injury.

And the player himself, one of France’s most exciting young players at the moment, is only too willing to wax lyrical about both the Newcastle club and their famous fans.

It seems that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley sees France as a place to get some real bargains in the transfer market, and we may see many more French-based players arriving at Newcastle over the next few years.

Certainly Chief Scout Graham Carr seemed to take in games almost every week in France since the start of the year, as Newcastle are seen to be making a huge push in the transfer market this summer, in an attempt to vastly improve their squad.

One thing that’s obvious about owner Mike Ashley – is that he likes a bargain – and we should see more of  those this summer.

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49 comments so far

  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • NottsGeordie

    May 31, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    WAX LYRICAL!!!! 😀

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  • MarkO

    May 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    We have only signed Arfa and Cabeye and we have excellent profile come on think we have minimal profile in France

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    May 31, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Whos this N’Zigbia guy ed??

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  • Graeme

    May 31, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    He walked out last time somebody got his name wrong!!! Ed, you may have just blown that transfer out the window lol

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  • Stuart

    May 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    N’Zogbia to be announced tomorrow.

    Cabaye and Gervinho to be announced on Saturday.

    Thats when we can make the deals official at least so I’m hoping for good news haha.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 31, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    going out of my brain on the train on the 9:15

    AND YOUS LOT ARENT HELPING!!!!

    hah ah

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  • solano

    May 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    We’ve had a fair bit of French talent here, but let’s not forget, nearly everyone had a suspect temprament and attitude and thought the grass was greener somewhere else……then there was Laurent Charvet, who was a good lad but couldn’t play….

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 31, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t see us getting Zoggy, which isn’t a huge shame. Ashley and Whelan don’t have the healthiest of relationships, so Whelan will be reluctant to take any small money off Ashley – he’ll look for £7M+ from us, and he’s just not worth it.
    Cabaye should be a solid buy, and if Gameiro and Gervinho come in, transfer window would already be a success…

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  • bazzer

    May 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed, you should have said “Newcastle have had a number of good buys in France over the years, including wingers David Ginola, Laurent Robert, Charles N’Zigbia, defender Sebastian Bassong and Stephane Gui’varch, to name just five of the fifteen signings Newcastle have made in France since the early 1990s.” 🙂

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  • Stuart

    May 31, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree like Benny, if we have to pay more than £6m for Zog we’d be better off going after Menez or Barnetta, both valued at around the £5m-£6m mark I think.

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  • WWJBD

    May 31, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    I must say on that Whelan vs Ashley argument I am on Ashleys side (despite disliking him) he did the right thing.

    I can see us getting Insomnia we are after a winger and apparently hes the only one we have been linked with because Gervinho is meant to be our striker if we get him

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  • sparetheman

    May 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    *Scoff* Did you just list Stephane Gui’varch as one of our good signings?

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  • toonbelmonter(barnetta4nufc)

    May 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    stuart barnetta is valued at 12mil but only has a year on his contract so we wud get him for 6 mil i say BARGIN

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  • StuW

    May 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    @ Stuart….Menez for 6m, keep dreaming, more likely 10m+, and the same for Barnetta.

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  • partizanovec

    May 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeah Stephane Guivac’h. That worked well for us. Alain Goma, Franck Dumas, Laurent Charvet, Didier Domi…

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  • bazzer

    May 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    Jean Alain (bambi on ice) Boumsong

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  • Stuart

    May 31, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Haha fair one, to be honest I made up the price for Menez but like belmonter said, with Barnetta being in the last year of his contract £6m has been bandied about alot.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #19

    To all the ppl who r saying Long had a bad game yesterday. i think every striker would if they were 3- 0 down at half time.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 31, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #20

    Indian Magpie – Leon Best was 4-0 down, yet still scored 1 (should have been 2) and played well…

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  • north east lincs toon

    May 31, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    French players are well known For spitting there dummy out when they can’t get there own way look at the way they just walked out of 2010 world cup combine that in the dressing room with joey oh dear!

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  • toonbelmonter(barnetta4nufc)

    May 31, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    reply of last article
    ——-———-HARPS—–———
    SIMMO-COLLO-SAYLOR-MBENGUE
    BARTON-TIOTE-CABAYE-GERVINHO
    —————-–BEN ARFA———–—
    ———————???——–———
    or sumit similar so well nly need at most 4 strikersbestsholarangerairey oot on loan

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  • toonbelmonter(barnetta4nufc)

    May 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #23

    that last bit shud read
    best
    shola
    ranger
    airey oot on loan

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #24

    we could get menez for around 6million as roma want him off they books as he’s unhappy ther and has expressed his unhappiness to them.. they only payed 10.5million euros for him and he’s only got a year left also so around 6 maybe 7 million would get him.. same with barnetta

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Barnetta would be a better buy in my eyes as hes great on the wing but also equally as good playing in a defensive midfield position so could provide cover for Tiote while hes suspended and away in african cup

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  • WWJBD

    May 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #26

    toonbelmonter

    Barton wont get a game after his comments directed towards the management imo

    and I would say Ranger will be away on loan as well as Airey. I reckon we will get 1 big name striker and 1 3-5mill striker but thats just me 🙂

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    think for an extra 2million we can get Barnetta and Menez for the same price as Zogbia ha need i say more

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #28

    WWJBD – ad be happy with a big name striker and a small fee’d striker theys plenty out they we just need to look and be clever and patient.. Chicarito is the prime example..
    A still think we’l be getting players from Holland and belgium aswel cos Carr spent alot of time over ther also in Korea

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  • WWJBD

    May 31, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #29

    GT89
    Me too mate I am a bit curious of these Holland/Belgium/Korea players because Carr scouted A LOT over there but no links have been made yet….thats very interesting 😉 some surprising buys maybe 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    May 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Marko, its due to miserable comments like yours that NUFC fans are sometimes laughed at. It makes a pile of sense that Newcastle can enjoy a strong profile in France. Ben Arfa has been well managed ( bet Shola wishes he’s had that type of tlc ) and we have history with Ginola etc. Stop being miserable just for the sake of it. I’m warming up to Ashley, and I think Pardew has ability, ( more than Hughton , even if it was wrong to sack him ) and i think we will see good players arrive this summer. Patience and optimism lads please. And when it does happen, let’s acknowledge good work in the transfer market.

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  • toonbelmonter(barnetta4nufc)

    May 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #31

    WWJBD a thort that to , reckon well get a RW in to or play like this
    ————— HARPS —————
    SIMMO-COLLO–SAYLOR-MBENGUE
    —————-TIOTE—————–
    ————- CABAYE —————
    _————–NOLAN————
    GERVINHO–???????–BENNY BOY
    n even if ranger goes out on loan, ba, long, best wont wanna be 2nd or third choice so itd just be a teen or a past it plyer hu’ll agree to come in, in which case we shud just keep ranger

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #32

    think thats a good team but formation would be more:
    ———–Harps——
    Simo-Saylor-Colo-M’Bengue
    ——-Tiote–Nolan—-
    ———Cabaye——-
    Gervinho-???-Benny Arfa

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #33

    i would like to have menez over n zobia i dont think n zobia will last long in NUFC since he always keep s Chainging his mind

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #34

    maybe even swapping nolan and cabaye round

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  • WWJBD

    May 31, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #35

    A 4-1-1-1-3? Thats a complicated plan haha.

    I dont think Best will have a say in all honesty and he can fight it out for 2nd choice. We will also more than likely end up playing with 2 up front at stages in the season imo.

    Ranger needs to be sold imo haha gangsta 1st footballer 2nd has no place in the team I support

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #36

    would anyone be happy if we got Bendter as our target man? a think he would be great alongside benny n gervinho.. would score loads..and he’s actually got a really good record when he starts games he scores goals.. but hes wasted as a sub or on the right wing at arsenal

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  • WWJBD

    May 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #37

    GT89
    100% yes but I have been torn apart for suggesting Bendtner in the past

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  • toonbelmonter(barnetta4nufc)

    May 31, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #38

    aye geordie toon but i meant it to be a little cm 3 triangle shape with nolan as AM cabaye CM n tiote DM , n benny n gerry to drop back wen they can as to make it 4-5-1

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Bendtner Prem starts & goals:
    This Season: 3 and 2
    Last: 13 and 6
    Before: 17 and 9
    Before that: 7 and 5
    Overall: 40 starts and 22 goals
    and he’s came on as a sub 91 times

    While onloan at birmingham he had 38 starts and 11 goals but obv was only like 18 year old in his full debut season

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  • GeordieToon89

    May 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #40

    aw yeah a see your philosophy now toonbelmonter haha.

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