Newcastle After French U21 Striker?


News today that Newcastle are linked with another French striker, Nolan Roux.

Nolan Roux – 23 year-old Stade Brest striker

The 23 year-old Roux is said to have one of those release clauses in his contract at his current club Stade Brest, and can leave when another club offers £8M for him.

The 23-year-old has been offered to the Newcastle club, probably because they know the Magpies need a striker desperately, and may daft enough to pay the £8M.

We’re not at all sure this player is good enough for Newcastle, but we have never seen him play, although he has one cap at the French U21 level.

Nolan has played 62 times for Stade Brest with 21 goals and is the son of former professional player Bruno Roux, who is currently the manager of amateur club AFC Compiègne.

It seems to us that Newcastle are looking at a number of options in these last six days of the transfer window, but we’d be very surprised, make that shocked, if Mike Ashley would pay out £8M for a player completely unproven.

We’ll not say Newcastle are getting desperate, but its starting to look that way, and what have they been doing over the last few months?

We should expect Newcastle to be linked with numerous players over these last six days of the transfer window, and we’d be stunned if Newcastle are interested in Roux.

So now I’ve said that, Newcastle will probably sign the lad, so does anybody know how good he is?

Comments welcome.



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177 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Thought it was 8m Euro?

    I think this lad looks like an exciting player with great talent.

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    I miss the good old times when CRAIGCOOZY was here with news that everybody loved.. nowadays I dont even smile when I read about a new roumer…

    Well sorry for me being a pessemist. Great signing with situ!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #3

    @2

    Think he is still trying to get Barnetta out of that hotel room in Jesmond mate.

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Yet another player we won’t sign.

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  • Darling27

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Good player this lad.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    What we have been doing Ed is trying to bring in players. Gameiro was a long one. As was Gervinho and Erdinc. Then there was Neil Taylor. Followed by Barnetta. Recently there has been Maiga and Cissoko. But it looks like Pieters and Roux will be the two 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Notts
    Pieters and Roux will be the two? Why because they are the current ones we are linked with? Haha

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  • cg

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Unproven in the premiership ofcourse but looks like a finisher and has a decent right foot 😉

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REsRtQec9ww

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    As I commented last night -Brilliant thank god for the Chronicle & the like – Nolan Roux is in good company with, Daniel Sturridge , Nicklas Bendtner , Didier Drogba, Dimitar Berbatov, Federico Macheda, Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane, Danny Graham, Hugo Rodallega, , Clint Dempsey, Gervinho , Mevlut Erdinc, Kevin Gameoiro, Eren Derdiyok , Park Chu-Young, Ola Toivonen, Klaas Jan Huntelaar,Teteh Bangura , Mohamed Bangura , Miralem Sulejmani, Keirrison, , Ante Vukusic, Juan Manuel Martinez , Shane Long, Grant Holt, Modibo Maiga, Carlton Cole & Demba Ba
    Shame we can only have 10 strikers on the pitch at a time!

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Never seen him play but dont ask me why but have a feeling if we get him he would be the next Luque. Its annoying how we can get Pieters an international LB for 6m but a uncapped striker with not a great record costs 8million. Thats why i think buying strikers is too risky.

    I read this book once called “why england lose – and other curious football phenomenom” and there was a transfer guide and it had about 8 points on how to make transfers sensibly. I cant remember what the points were but i think MA has read it and started doing exactly what it said.

    I’ll write the points down in a bit 🙂

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m so happy we dont spend any money and get rid of all of our best overpaid players. We concentrate on youth until they come good and sell them to make our owner money, whast wrong with that. All businesses should be profitable, why should football be any different. We give players who have had injury worries another chance not because their free but because thet have so much potential. If our players don’t like our lack of ambition then they can sod off cause that means they don’t want to play for us which makes them not good enough. All hail the king, Mike Ashley.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Lol WWJBD yeah 😀 well we all know for a fact we are after Pieters but Roux is probably made up 🙂

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Severe sarcasm to those who can’t see and sense whats going on around them..

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16

    I fcuking hate westham !!!

    Totally wreked my accumulator last nyte lol

    Got to love fat sam crashing out in the 1st round to the mighty aldeshot tho…

    Back on topic, pay roux and pieters release fee and be done with it. Cant wait for the window to end am sick of it, also 3 – 1 tonight demba ba to get off the mark.

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    we need to replace Shola Ameobi – sooner or later

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Notts
    Haha I respect the positivity mate but we will see if its worth the effort soon enough

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  • StuW

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    This fella is your French Shane Long. Looks like a proper finisher, just still rough round the edges.

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  • CynicalasEva

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #20

    1 goal in 3 – underwhelmed

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    ahhhhhh its a thursday isnt it – press conference with pardue 2day then????

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  • CynicalasEva

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    we seem to be going on players based on budget, not ability – and some of you are happy with this approach !!!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23

    No idea what type of player Roux is…… But i think most likely we’ll end up with either Maiga or Carlton Cole.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    WWJBD

    What positivity? This is the only time im ever negative and you’re say thanks for being positive!! 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Notts
    Haha was that negative? Sarcastic bugger! I didnt pick up on that at all

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  • Irie-Magpie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Two years ago we had aging over payed players that got us relegated, now we’re trying a different approach young hungry players on decent salaries with room to develop if we turn into a top 4/6 club again, being sarcastic Barryv but your sarcasim rings true.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #27

    Cant wait to see some of the youngsters play tonight. For those that dont know…im like the peado of the footballing world. If it was up to me our starting 11 vs Scunny would be all youth and there is nothing i like more than seeing a good young player coming.

    With that my team for scunny would be

    Soderberg
    Dummet Situ Kadar Ferguson
    Abeid Gosling Vuckic Moyo
    Ranger Sammy

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #28

    @12

    Get a life and get over your obsession with MA!

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  • lesh

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #29

    C’mon Ed…. you’ve fallen into the cunningly set trap that makes you believe we’re getting desperate in our search for players. You’re not alone as many are beleiving we’re incompetent!

    But, its a brilliant strategy devised by Ashley and his more than able no 2, Llambias – a cunning plan to sneak up on clubs’ blind sides and have them feel sorry for us – thus getting the sympathy vote and most importantly, finding out just how greedy the selling clubs are!!

    It’s all for the good of the game Ed.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Think there’s been a miss print somewhere, Ashley doesn’t want to bring Nolan Roux to the club he wants Michel Roux to cook up a storm in the kitchen, Fat cockney Bastard

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #31

    WWJBD

    Sarcastic? Wait what bit were you saying was positive? Lol 🙂

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #32

    @21

    That not how you buy a car or a computer?

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  • Davey B

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    I read somewhere before this lad only scored 6 in 28 last season, not good enough for what we need

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Notts
    You saying we will sign Roux and Pieters…..you have me very confused here haha

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #35

    People mentioned Nolan Roux ages ago, well before we were linked to him. Saying he was class up and coming striker.

    Now we are linked to him its all ‘Poor record’, ‘Un proven’, ‘French league is easier’, ‘NUFC are desperite’

    I think he is the same as when his name was first mentioned, a class up and coming player.

    Main thing is, he is better than most of the strikers we have!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    Barry- Of the players who’ve left I feel Enrique will be missed but if we get in a top quality left back that won’t bother me too much, Nolan slowed down the side and often went missing, he was a good captain no doubt, but unless he scored (which fair enough he did a lot while carroll was here) then he had little impact on the game. I feel that we have midfield players who at least offer what he offers. Barton similar, I think Barton’s a good player but not outstanding and the problems he’s caused currently and in the past most people would prefer away from the club if possible, i’m very 50/50 on him because he does free up wages, his style of play was more like our old style of play (long ball) as well as stifling cabaye’s style (ala the lampard gerrard situation for england) and he was a PR nightmare, however he played his role with full effort and did it well often so on that side he will be missed. I think you’ve missed the point on the frees, if we were signing frees for frees sake we could have attracted some appauling players, however we’ve done our research and realised that the likes of Mervauex and Gosling are very good players that if fully fit or fully priced would have gone to bigger clubs, but because big clubs spend money willy nilly and need to retain their position they want to get a player who can come in instantly. In the position we are in we are building slowly so getting players of that quality is more important than if they can play instantly. Thats my view anyway.

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  • tom tomb

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #37

    This one is not going to happen! It is all agent based, don’t think he is on the radar. If it was 4m euro max, then perhaps!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #38

    CynicalasEva // Aug 25, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    we seem to be going on players based on budget, not ability – and some of you are happy with this approach !!!
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    Hate to break it to you but all clubs base their targets according to a budget otherwise accrington stanley would be after messi and ronaldo

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  • CynicalasEva

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #39

    Rich @31 you only do that when you a running t oa tight budget – h8 to mention it but we are making shad loads of cash every window and I for one would like to see some of it spent on a player that fits the bill – not one thats quite a good fit but in the proce range.

    Like I keep saying how can any TRUE Supporter be happy when finance is put above success??????

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  • CynicalasEva

    Aug 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #40

    JB – but we pull out as soon as it gets near to a deal been done – or of couurse go after players outside our real scope

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