Newcastle Make Significant Progress With Two Transfer Targets


Newcastle’s win against Sunderland yesterday was really good news, but there may even be more good news on the way, so buckle up those seat belts.

Modibo Maiga – held meeting with Souchaux President

The good news is according to the local Sunday Sun (Mark Douglas), and it’s that Newcastle have made significant progress in their endeavors to get left back Aly Cissokho and striker Mobido Maiga to Newcastle.

The report is that Maiga had a meeting with Souchaux President Alexandre Lacombe, over the weekend,  to try to get a move to Newcastle, which the 23 year-old Mali International craves. Thye were to discuss the terms of the move, but there is no news on the outcome of that meeting.

But we have to hope the news is true and that something can be worked out, since Maiga has been in big demand over the summer by some top clubs, but he seems to have set his heart on Newcastle.

And we understand that Aly Cissokho is now the club’s number one transfer target to replace Jose Enrique, and that Managing Director Derek Llambias has met with his English agents to try to get a deal pushed through.  As we reported a couple of say ago, Newcastle have cooled their interest in Dutch International Erik Pieters, who is big friend of Tim Krul.

Newcastle have so far been unwilling to meet the asking price of either player, it’s supposed to be between £8M and £10M for Lyon’s Cissokho, and an initial offer of £7M for Maiga was turned down by Souchaux, that all  according to the Sunday Sun.

Souchaux have been asking £10M for Maiga, but there could be a compromise deal worked out.

If Newcastle cannot agree a deal for Cissokho, they  may even go back in for Toulouse left-back and French U21 player Cheikh M’Bengue, whom Newcastle bid £5M for early in the summer.

But the news is that manager Pardew has yet to be convinced that M’Bengue would be a good buy for the club.

Newcastle cannot wait too much longer to make these deals,  because the transfer window closes a week come Wednesday, so they need to get busy this week.

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52 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    believe it when I see it

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  • toonboyjake

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    should bring in cissokho and maiga, then get santon on loan for the season to push both fullbacks

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    cissokho or santon would be immense..
    Miaga… not too sure on but we sure as hell need a fast quality striker

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d say it’s now or never this coming week. We either get em this week, or we won’t get em at all.

    I have a question, how does these “sources” know, that we are “going to” make a bid? If it was already there, it could be half believable, but going to make a bid??
    Sounds like premature information to me.

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  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Barton and Tiote Guarding Ben Arfa. Problem Solved.

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Well that a relief – if the Sunday Sun says it – it must be true!

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    obertoon .. he’s out till sept and he’ll have to go easy for a few games to find his feet .. but can’t wait to see him back

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    I know it’s Sunday and everything should be taken with a pinch of salt, but please let this be true

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    archaeomag 🙂 ..

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    @JackButler

    Maybe if we belive it enough, u know, like the carebears, we can make it happen? 😛
    Good shout on Joey protecting Arfa, we’ll be the best football/rugby team in the country, lol

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #11

    dannyo .. carebears 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    What the hell is a carebear?

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  • Toonfan8

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Santon is going to AS Roma…but Cissokho and Maiga would be very good for us

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Toonfan8 Santon is said to be Lyons No1 target to replace Cissokho

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    dont get ur hopers up this is newcastle

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #16
  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo you’ve got me slightly worried now !!!

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Jackbutler .. Joey barton is a carebear 🙂 .. its a kids programme from the early 80’s

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Now that I’ve seen a picture of then I remember them, not my type of program I have to admit

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    can’t see Santon coming .. he’s such a top prospect .. he may go to Lyon though to replace Cissokho

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  • Klatoon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Could Tiote’s below-par performances be due to the fact he’s fasting (its Ramadhan month) ?

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #22

    @Klatoon

    Think some asked about that yesterday aswell, but no real clarification as to wether he’s muslim or not i think.

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  • Trini Toon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    how much you think to buy Andy Carroll? 🙂 Can’t be worth the 35 mill we got?

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  • Graeme

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    When it happens, IF it happens, all well and good.

    We have been waiting over 7 months for the striker and almost as long for a LB – they should have been here before the season started to get maximum benefit from them.

    Still, better late than never I guess!!!

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Get them in ! Santon too if possible. @2
    Even if we have a slower scoring attack a miserly defence will still mean we can win 1-0 ? and not concede equalising goals in the 90th minute like last season.
    Forget lost chances like Long, Maiga will do okay – a step up from Strolla…

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Get them in ! Santon too if poss. @2. A solid defence means we’ll still win 1-0 and not concede equalising goals in the 90th minute like last season

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  • cheikmate

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #27

    Twitter banter – pardew has flown out to watch erik pieters play for psv today against den haag.

    But than others taken from french papers say we are prepared to meet the 8m euros fee for cissokho.

    make ur mind up which one is it ?

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #28

    why do we need a left back when we got that pure legend ryan taylor 🙂

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #29

    dunno if we will get him but watch this run by cissokho at 57 secs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bzD6k3O6kU

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #30

    would much rather hav Cissokho tha Pieters.. hes so quick and hes a really good defender aswel

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Aug 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #31

    @ 21 Klatoon

    Even if he’s muslim- there is a fatwa which states that professional sportsmen do not have to observe the fast. So can’t really be used as an excuse.

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  • SWHITEY

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #32

    if i had a quid for every time i heard the phrases “significant progress being made” or “closing in on” since the end of the season i could buy cissoko myself.
    still have no reason to believe that MA will splash an estimated 8m on cissoko and a similar amount on maiga

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  • solano

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I know we need a striker but not this kind!….I would stay well clear of a player who has signed a contract and is then willing to stike just to force a move…..a bit moral courage should be shown and we should move on to better targets…..how about Mr Myagi? ….Wax on…..Wax off 😉

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  • drongo

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    I thought tiote was very assured yesterday. He looks a but soft round the edges, but probably something to do with him spending ore season inghana getting his visa sorted. He’ll come good soon enough

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  • MacToon

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #35

    I wonder if these are real bids or under value bids so the club can say come Sept 1st we tried but couldn’t get them over the line BS they throw at us after every transfer window.

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  • Felipe

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Tiote was his usual self yesterday. He is a great tackler but is frequently poor once he has won the ball. He was the same last season. Still a vey good player for us and at least it means he is unlikely to be prized away b one of the top 4.

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  • Felipe

    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #37

    No point in getting excited about bids this week. Still 10 days to go so nothing will happen before the weekend. Taylor to continue cover at LB against Fulham. Plenty of options up front.

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  • sillygeordie

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #38

    @armstrong That run is immense! its looks like its on a loop…

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  • Thump

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #39

    Sunday bloody sunday…

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  • jimmymagpie

    Aug 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #40

    If Cissocko is number one target, then why has Pardew travelled to Holland to watch Pieters today, according to SSN. I’ll believe any of this as and when or IF it happens.

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