Max Gradel Key To Newcastle Move For Maiga – Rob Elliot In


You know I wondered if Max Gradel was a Sochaux or Newcastle target earlier this morning.

Modibo Maiga – could be Newcastle player soon

And it seems, as usual I got it wrong, and indeed Gradel is a Sochaux target to replace Modibo Maiga at the French club, should Modibo arrive at Newcastle.

So in my embarrasment I’ve deleted the entire article, destroyed the evidence, and hope I have better luck through the rest of the day.

But there does seem to be some good news today for Newcastle fans, and the club have agreed terms and a fee for Italian International full-back Davide Santon, and have gone back in for Modibo Magia, according to his Sochaux club.

And it now seems Max Gradel is the key to Newcastle’s hopes of signing the Sochaux striker, who is still keen at come to play for Newcastle.

But Sochaux’s tough Chairman Alexander Lacombe, has said Maiga will not be allowed to leave for Tyneside, unless Souchaux find a suitable replacement, and we believe him.

But the news that Gradel is now in advanced talks with Sochaux is now good news for Newcastle.  This is what Lacombe told Sky Sports today:

“There has been an offer from Newcastle)”  “But my goal is to maintain a competitive team.”  

“I won’t sell Modibo without having found a replacement.”  “We hope to finalize the deal on Gradel” ‘It’s a deal which is at an advanced stage.”

And would you believe it, but Newcastle are ready to announce the arrival of Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot, following a medical on Tyneside.

So if that news is true, we suppose nothing will now come of 26-year-old FK Senica goalkeeper Petr Bolek’s trial on Tyneside, that was reported yesterday.

It would be strange if Newcastle sign both Maiga and Elliott, after their clubs reported Newcastle to football authorities last week, for the Magpies’ illegal approach for the players.

OK – I think this report is fairly factual.

Comments welcome.



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114 comments so far

  • Ha ha. This is fun.

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #2

    AH, now i see..

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Nice recovery Ed, lol!

    Any more news on the Santon Medical?

    Is Maiga here?

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Deleted and replaced.

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  • sephir0

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Dont be hard on yourself Ed, easy mistake to make at such a time. your doing a grand job squire! 🙂

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #6

    3 cheers for ed hip hip hooray! gg cant believe you forgot to say 1st and whip ur top off and run around the room like you just scored at wembley iys a major priv to be 1st!

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  • tiotal football

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    lol should’ve just denied all knowledge of the previous article

    with the stress of the transfer window I think people would just have put it down to hallucinating the whole thing!!!

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  • StuW

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Feck off 1st lot.

    Turning out to be a good summer for us, should the Santon and Maiga deals go through. Sochaux are a selling club, so when the offer comes in that takes their fancy, they will take it.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    ClubCall saying we have put a £3m bid in for Benayoun?

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Fair play on sorting your mistake Ed 😉

    Cmon striiiiiiiker!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    smooth ed!!!

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    *its

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    @7

    What article?

    First rule of Ed’s blog: you don’t talk about the article.

    Second rule of Ed’s blog: you don’t talk about the article.

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  • StuW

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #14

    NUFC_Richyg01

    Don’t want Benayoun, not because he is crap, but he is too old. Maybe a loan deal for cover, but nothing more.

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  • Howay Max, get signed. Just imagine those hot Italian birds compared to those Yorkshire ones.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    @NUFC_Richyg01

    Old, injury prone, overpaid – No.

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  • richard

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    clear as mud ha ha. any room in that cupboard for smith

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  • Normally I do Boom Boom and make a prat of myself when I’m third.

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  • geoff777

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #19

    @GG

    Geography not a strong point?

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  • nufc4lifeinoz

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Good job Ed! It seems typically late but very exciting IF it all goes through, who knows, we may end up with a decent team this season…until we get some injuries, fingers crossed, Its nearly over !!!!!

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  • I’d not have been as honest Ed. I’d have said I’d been hacked.

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  • Stuart

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Haha GG, Italian birds in france eh?

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  • geoff777, ROLF. seems as if I don’t have to claim 1st to make a prat of myself. 🙁

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  • And yes I did mean Rolling on Laughing Floor. 🙁

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m hearing that Demba Ba has been seen at Dixie Chicken, Ramadan is well and truly over then.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #26

    anyone else think macheda on loan wud b a clever move help santon settle in n if we get maiga will cover him n ba for acn

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  • Stuart

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Haha, you should quit while you’re behind I think GG

    😀

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  • tom tomb

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Maiga in Toon!

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #29

    leave gg alone lads theres loads of italians living in FRANCE!

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  • evildick

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #30

    well played Ed, if in doubt kick it out!

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  • Just googled it and quite a few Italian birds spend their holidays in France. SOOO there. :-b

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #32

    @barryvenison
    I wonder, come September 12th at the QPR match, if we’ll notice a better Tiote and Ba?

    @davybtoon
    I think it would, plus we’d have the pacey striker in Macheda aswell. But we should make sure we have option to buy.
    They’d probably link up well too, playing at the same youth stages.

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  • pardew no 1

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    rob elliot will be a carling cup keeper and harper fa cup keeper

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Lots of positive news today but I don’t think Gradel has anything to do wth the Maiga move- it’s a seperate thing ntirely as Gradel’s a winger. My impression is that Lacombe wants to replace Maiga with a striker, and the deal will only go through if he can get one at this late stage.

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Does anyone know if Sturridge will not come here? To me its a no brainer,right age,can be sold on for a profit,gets goals. Why for f##k sake do we not go for Sturridge? Anyone shed any ideas on this.

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  • BigKirky

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #36

    @lee_ryder: Santon donning #nufc training gear at Benton

    Get in!

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #37

    @lee_ryder
    Lee Ryder
    Santon donning #nufc training gear at Benton

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #38

    @35 chelsea wont sell or loan him

    @leeryder jus tweeted santon donning nufc training gear at benton

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Aug 30, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39

    phoenixnights i feel like punching you i knew some c.u.n.t. would come on here and bring that up AGAIN!

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS, 1. Money and 2. He’s not for sale.

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