French Press Claim Matuidi Interest


L’Equippe are reporting that Newcastle may go after Saint-Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Blaise Matuidi-Would Newcastle really be interested?

Blaise Matuidi is a 24 year old French International who has 3 caps for France. He has been at Saint-Etienne since 2007 where he has made over 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 club. He is a defensive midfielder and if Newcastle are indeed interested it would be only as cover for Cheick Tiote.

However the rumour that Matuidi would not come cheaply leads me to believe that this is a fabricated story. While Newcastle do need cover for Cheick, this player could go for 3 times what Newcastle paid for the Ivory Coast International. I just don’t see Ashley splashing that type of money for this player.

Though if Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan are on their way out, Newcastle would have to replace them with quality. By all indications, Matuidi is a player that is sparking interest among some of the elite clubs.

I think it would serve Newcastle to keep Barton and Nolan and spend their money on areas of need-like up front and on the wings. Also a proper replacement for Enrique seems like it is going to be a must this summer.



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542 comments so far

  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • MacToon

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Another mid fielder? lol

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Is this a cover for Tiote?

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  • TenaciousToon77

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #4

    with a 12 million release clause that would be expensive cover lol

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t see this one happening, we already have tiote in a defensive midfield role. If he has international caps, he won’t want to be a sub. Non starter I think.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #6

    That will just make our midfield very complicated: we already have Tiote, Nolan, Cabaye, Barton and let’s not gorget Guthrie who has to be sold I’m afraid!!

    Never the less he’s a good player

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  • Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Tiotie to Arsenal!!

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  • Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    DONE DEAL

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    This gervinho thing is now officaly over phew

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Angry man

    Where Is the source for tiote’s apparent move?

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  • TenaciousToon77

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #11

    @Kevymartins Thank god, dissapointed wiv the outcome dont get me wrong but this has been one drawn out saga that i think we we all be glad to put to bed.

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  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #12

    is it true angryman .. u should join twatter.. its for people just like you

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  • Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #13

    On my desk, just used it on me chips 😉
    and it spelled out

    ‘Tiote Gooner’

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Angry is just pulling a Cwarr….

    This story is a non starter.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Tiote aint going nowere ..he is a fan favorite we love him and he loves us…the big man will be here for good couple of years

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  • Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Thats how Warris & Mystic get their predictions!

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  • Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Just had a DUMP and it had what looked like gervinhos signature on it…
    Must be off to Sunderland!!!

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    If we sold the lion kiing

    i would go jump of a cliff or sometin

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Nice one Angry, nothing like putting the sh#*s up people to get the quickest reaction.

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #20

    “If we can get him and another two in before the end of next week I’ll still be looking for another two new faces to join us before the start of the season.”

    About Demba Ba, so its nice to see as most of his articles he states one or 2 players in this he says he wants ATLEAST 3 and then another 2 before start of season
    😀

    Lets hope one of thems not Erding, his strike ration is around a goal every 4 games which is roughly the same as Ameobi!

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    another midfielder,ffs,must be buy one get one free……..lol

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  • Angryman the (Mildly) Angry fan

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #22

    CWarr07
    “Gervinho and N’Zogbia are done deals, what more can I say? ”

    He he he he he

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  • Andy

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s a goal every 3 games which isn’t great but i have trust in Graham Carrs judgement, if he thinks that he is the man to lead the line for us i think he will be good.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #24

    I hope im here when toonruz comes on

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #25

    For whatever it’s worth, CWarr07 has just said that the club are now tying up a deal for N’Zogbia. If this doesn’t come off, he’ll lose all credibility completely… We’ll see.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #26

    credibility?

    hes only saying that cause were fired a late bid in on jan

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #27

    @kevymartins
    toonruz was on before, still saying it’s a done deal. says it’s being held up something to do with the release of the new away strip. Gervinho and Tiote are gonna be wearing it, apparently it looks like the Ivory coast strip.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m not saying he has a lot of credibility in the first place (or not), but he seems pretty certain of this one and it’s not in the press anywhere else, so it’s his shout.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #29

    more or less carr07 knows jack shit,and makes predictions,from speculation on the internet & the papers.

    mysticfag79,hes not even worth the bother,he just copys what the other one says.hes just seen the attention cwarr gets and he wants some…… ha

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  • toonruz

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #30

    kevymartins
    i have not been far ?

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  • toonfan76

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Cwarr07 has no credibility, his so called predictions are looking like they aren’t gonna happen so he is back tracking. the guy is full of it.

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  • Oleg G

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Hi everyone. I know it is long, but still, would love it if you take a minute and read this and say what you think.

    List 1:
    I think people will agree that we need to replace:
    Løvenkrands, Perch, Smith, Xisco, Ameobi.
    +
    List 2:
    Chances are that Jose, LuaLua, Routledge and maybe Nolan and Barton will be sold.

    = What probably will happen in the end that 5 good will be sold (List 2), and 5 less good will stay (List 1)

    Lets say that the club will sell all those players. The players that the rumors say we will loose, and the club will release the players that we all know need to be replaced. That is not something that I invented.

    We bought one Midfielder. We are maybe after 2 strikers and one defender and 2 Wingers. Also some DM etc but really, only after 3 confirmed targets.

    Before anyone was leaving:
    we needed 2 strikers for the first team

    (and 2 strikers who would be backup and replace Loven and Ameobi).

    We needed an LB as backup
    (and a First team LB if Jose is leaving).

    We needed a Right Winger for the first team.

    (If Nolan, Barton will leave, we need another 2 CM for the first team).

    If also ranger, Xisco, and Smith will go, we need to replace them with backup players. So that is at least another DM or CM and another striker.

    So when there are rumors that about 9 players will leave, this means we need to bring in (Be after) between 11 and 13 players. (Have to bring more then who leaves because we need bodies, don’t forget how our squad can get, thin thin thin…).

    We have these Youngsters:
    Samuel Ameobi (19) LW ST
    Phil Airey (20) ST
    James Tavernier (20) DF
    Shane Ferguson (20) LB LW
    Haris Vu?ki? (19) AM
    Tamás Kádár (21) CB LB

    Even if all them will step up, they are still kids and we have to take that into consideration, each of them is like half a player right now (maybe except Fergi).

    Also, from the youngsters there are no CM, DM, and non of them work on the right, so still no cover for those positions.

    This what we have right now, some players can play in more then one position: (without some young kids, I don’t know if we can count on them, I don’t know them at all).

    GK: Harper, Krul, Forster
    LB: Jose, Ferguson, Kadar,
    CB: Colo, S.T, Will, Kadar, Tavernier
    RB: Perch, Simpson, R.T,
    DM: Tiote, Smith, Nolan
    CM: Nolan, Barton, Gosling, Cabaye
    RM,RW: Barton, Gosling, Routledge, Guti
    LM,RW: S.Ameobi, Ferguson, Guti, HBA
    AM: Vu?ki?, LuaLua, HBA
    ST: Best, Ameobi, Loven, Xisco, Ranger, Airey, S.Ameobi

    If rumors are true, and those players will leave/be sold, this what we will be left with:

    GK: Harper, Krul, Forster
    LB: Ferguson, Kadar,
    CB: Colo, S.T, Will, Kadar, Tavernier
    RB: Simpson, R.T,
    DM: Tiote,
    CM: Gosling, Cabaye
    RM,RW: Gosling, Guti
    LM,RW: S.Ameobi, Ferguson, Guti, HBA
    AM: Vu?ki?, HBA
    ST: Best, Airey, S.Ameobi

    – No first team strikers (well, maybe Best but that’s it).
    – Only 2 players who can play good on the right side.
    – Basically no CMs, need to have at least 4 good ones.
    – Only one DM.
    – LB, 2 young kids.

    I don’t know. Shouldn’t we be after more players? I mean, 35M and counting, still have players to sell, Jose will leave, that is around 45M-50M.
    If Nolan, Barton, Ranger, Smith etc will be sold, we could have even around 60M.

    2 First team strikers.
    1 First team CM, 2 Backup CM
    1 Backup DM
    1 First team LB
    1 First team RB
    1 Backup RM\RW

    Those are 9 players but that is the Minimum. More backups will be welcome.

    Basically the positions we have enough players in, even if in a worst casesinario is GK, CB, LM/LW. That’s it.

    So where are all our targets?

    What do you think?

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Toonruz eating your words??

    sure 20 mins ago we were signing gervinho…whats your verdict now?

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    lua lua to brighton was a load of crap.
    it was a brighton fan pretending to be him on twatter,confirmed by the faker last nyt.

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  • toonruz

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #35

    kevymartins
    what u heard now ?

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #36

    stephenfoland write back to me so his better not be fake

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #37
  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #38

    haha kevy you were robbed.i thought it was dodgy,because he was in the chronicle saying he wanted to stay and impress pardew.

    there was a paper the other day,quoting what he was saying on his twatter.bet ya they feel like dicks….haha

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  • Barras

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Not good news! Carroll signed a contract just before he went, and Tiote has recently signed a deal. My friend told me at the gym yesterday that Chelsea are coming in for Tiote.

    Don’t think this will be true but this rumour adds to my edginess.

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  • toonruz

    Jun 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #40

    the chronickle just shows u how thickle u all are the paper that know nowt about nufc ha ha ha ha they get told nowt and they know nowt fact

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