LuaLua Wants Permanent Move to Brighton – But Why?


Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua is reported to be wanting a move to Brighton on a permanent basis.

LuaLua wants to return to Brighton on a permanent deal

The 20-year-old has had two very successful loan spells down south over the least couple of seasons, where he has played a total of 22 times for the south coast club with 4 goals.

LuaLua is now fully fit again after he suffered a broken leg last season, and indeed made a couple of sub appearances for the Newcastle first team, in the last few games of the season.

We’d be very surprised if Newcastle boss Alan Pardew lets the player leave the club without first taking a good look at the youngster this summer, because he has undoubted ability and has added goals to his game, with 4 goals last season in 11 appearances for the League One Champions.

LuaLua has been talking to the local Brighton newspaper, The Argus,  and this is what he had to say:

“Alan Pardew hasn’t said anything to me and I don’t expect him to say anything, because I’ve been injured.”

“We are back in training on July 5th, so hopefully by then I will be a Brighton player.”

It’s a little strange that Kazenga should come out with that rather brief and surprising statement, unless Brighton have made it clear to him they would like to sign him, as indeed Seagulls manager Gus Poyet has at least said in the press.

But we don’t think Newcastle should sell the player yet.

Hopefully Alan Pardew will take a good hard look at Kazenga in pre-season,  and then decide what to do – maybe another loan spell at Brighton in the Championship next season would be a good deal for all parties.

LuaLua has appeared 15 times for the Newcastle first team so far, and the younger brother of former Newcastle striker Lomana, joined the Newcastle Academy back in 2005.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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372 comments so far

  • magpie999

    Jun 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    WHY!
    Because Lua Lua knows he has very little chance of breaking into the first team once Newcastle complete their transfer activity this summer.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 11, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #2

    magpie999, and that’s about how I see it to. Ferguson next?

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #3

    lualua never even said this theyve made the last sentence up in the orginal interview in the chronicle hes says he wants to impress pardew in pre season

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  • nufcburty

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #4

    he’s soft and isn’t prepared to compete!

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #5

    He was class for brighton and vs wba last game if season…worth keeping around

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #6

    This contradicts what he’s said previously; “I know Brighton would like to take me, but I’m a Newcastle player and that’s my team. Whatever happens in the summer, will happen. Alan Pardew has hardly seen me play and I want to come back in pre-season and impress him.” What he has said is he liked Brighton, and IF Newcastle didn’t want him, he’d be happy to go back to Brighton.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #7

    He doesnt say he wants to leave on a permanent he just says he wants to play for Brighton next season, why not on loan?

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    davybtoon you got the link

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #9

    this is just Gus Poyet saying he would like to sign him,no chance that will happen lads.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10

    not prem league quality just yet maybe feels it would be good for his career to get 1 or 2 seasons of regular championship football under his belt i think so too just loan him out.

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  • murvar

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Robby Bobson! He was pants against WBA! Looked out of hios depth, couldn’t control the ball, and was insufficiently involved. He’s not got the basic ability I’m afraid and it will be best all round if he goes. There are at least 4 in front of him in the SJP pecking order. I suspect League 1 – where he excelled – is his level.

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  • marcos_nufc

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #12

    LuaLua is a squad player he is not a first team choice so if he wants to leave that`s ok he is not a “star” and in my opinion players like Gameiro,Gervinho and others who don`t want to play for the Great Newcastle United, please go away and find another club in England or elsewhere we don`t need them we need players like Barton and Nolan who want to stay at the club and enjoy playing for the club.unfortunately due to Mike Ashley`s policy neither Nolan nor Barton fit in his policy, I mean they are not young enough for the club, not to mention the wages. I partialy agree with Mike Ashley although experience and commitment are very important to build a good and competitive team.

    @marcos_nufc_rj

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #13

    @ magpie999 // Jun 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    This is purely speculation. For all we know we’ll get one more striker in and that’ll be that. Unless we loose Barton, Nolan and Enrique.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #15

    He’ll go out on loan again, can’t see why we would want to sell him???????

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    davybtoon different interview altogether

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  • Kris

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Hope we dont sell him! He is an upcoming star! Think we dont should loan him out either, but give him some substitution time through the next season too!

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #18

    i thinks hes been misquoted,because a couple off weeks ago he said he wanted to stay.
    i think hes only got 1 year left on his contract,so if he leaves it wont be on loan.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    He needs more matches to develop into a real star. Brighton will be a good place for him to develop.

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  • Special K

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #20

    he should stick around and see where he ends up this year, if routledge leaves he’s one up anyway. maybe he’d prefer to be a big fish in a small pond etc

    on routledge i hope he gets another chance, he was one of our better players at the start of the season and slipped away after hughton’s sacking. if we could improve his final ball we’d be onto something

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  • JackButler

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #21

    belfastmagpie87
    you right mate, he’s only got one year left on him contract, so has Strolla, I know which one I would love to stay

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  • cousto

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Just been checking the comments and I love how these ‘negs’ say we have no chance of signing a top player like Marvin Martin, wish they would wind their necks in.

    We have a better rep in France than most the teams in the PL, apart from probably Arsenal.

    L’equipe loves us for what we did with benny boy, and with players like N’Zogbia, Rozenhal, and Drogba (among others) – all of who don’t play for us, saying we are a good club to play for, why shouldn’t someone like Marvin Martin have his head turned and give us a go. Don’t care if the press calls us Le Château Nouveau, as long as we stuff the Mackems, Cesspool and finish in the top 8.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #23

    be ya strolla, ends up with a new five year deal ffs…………. haha

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    what does le chateu neuveau mean

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #25

    have to say sammy ammy looked half decent against chelski

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  • giimps

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Murvar and Marcos, if your basing kazwngas ability on 1 or 2 appearances later on in the season after just coming back from a broken leg and want match fit, you should hang your heads in shame.
    In reality, Kazenga probably shouldnt have even been playing as he was so un matchfit (if thats a word), the only reason he was played was to give him the chance to prove himself.When you have the likes of Strolla in front of you on the pitch, making no movement at all, no support from midfield and your up against a well drilled west brom side on the ascendency in the game, it will be hard to make an impact on your own.
    We need players like Kaz, but when he sees Strolla and Lova and best being picked in front of him when they arent good enough no matter how bad they are it must make him think.
    I agree with GG ferguson may well be next if he thinks he will be further down the pecking order.
    It is not about not being up for the challenge for places, if it dosent matter how well you play or how badly the likes of Strolla plays, if they get chosen first and you dont get a chance to show how good you are what are you meant to do.
    Hes only just turned 20, had a broken leg for a year nearly which made him just over 18 when he went to Brighton and a few of yous are writing him off …..i despair sometimes I really do !!!
    Kaz, keep ya pecker up bide your time Im sure your time will come and you will shine.

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #27

    perhaps the reaon is he wants to play football,perhaps he doesn,t want to be a bit player like owen also how much playing time is jones going to get at manu and henderson at liverpool both seem to want more money and play less if they really loved playing football they would have stayed at their previous clubs until they could walk into their new clubs and command a first team place.you also wonder how much playing time carroll will get at liverpool next season

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #28

    @ cousto oh yeah the new castle.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #29

    I think we should let him on loan to improve his talent if we keep him hear then it will be a waste of talent

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  • Cardboy

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Another loan season at newly promoted Brighton under GUs Poyet will see how him improve and whether then to bring back to SJP. I saw the WBA game also, looked okay to me, fell over a couple of times in a area where quite a few others slipped also. Certainly wanted to move forwards rather than back. Not complaining there.

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  • arcarius

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #31

    @ cousto 22

    Hahaha, I hope so

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  • kilcline

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Loan him out.

    Get Ba deal nailed, then look for a real “wow” signing to appease the fans. If Ba is injury prone we have Best as adequate back up.

    Get NZog back, just give up on Gervinho and Gameiro.

    We need to then go and raid the dutch league where our activities have been quiet so far.

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  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #33

    why don’t we put a fast 10 mill bid on gervinho and n’zogbia ?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #34

    @ cardboy u a gambler

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  • aaronjd

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #35

    SwedishMagpie you oviusly arnt to great with your evaluations! They want 12 m for n’zog and about the same for gervinho, 10m for both isnt going to get you anywhere lol

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  • Cardboy

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Not really .. lol, you are talking to a guy who bet on Shergar for the first time on the day he lost!!

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  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #37

    aaronjd didn’t wigan say they would sell him for 9 mill ? and the only real bid on gervinho is 8 mill ? so I think we can get them for 10 mill each

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  • niafron

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #38

    French translation for Newcastle is rather “Châteauneuf” than “le nouveau château”.

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Let him go on loan next season, he won’t get too much playing time here if you look at the midfield we already have. Poyet is a decent coach/manager and will help improve Kazenga.

    Kazenga fits the profile of players that Ashley wants, young, decent and cheap.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Jun 11, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #40

    french for sunderland is le pile of shite

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