Newcastle Near To Completing Deal For Modibo Maiga

The Daily Telegraph i s reporting today that Newcastle United are set to sign target Modibo Maiga,  to a long-term deal in January.

Modibo Maiga – will sign a deal though the summer of 2016

And as we had hoped for, and even suspected, negotiations have been ongoing between Sochaux and Newcastle,  to get the striker on Tyneside,  and the deal completed  in  early January.

Newcastle seem to be learning from what happened on the last day of the transfer window last August 31st,  when it looked like Newcastle would sign the striker, but Sochaux pulled out of the negotiations in the afternoon, and the Newcastle Board were left red-faced.

And Alan Pardew was furious, although the Newcastle manager was right to keep a diplomatic silence for about a week after the window closed.

This news is good, in that Managing Director  Derek Llambias has continued the negotiations with Sochaux, who now seem willing to sell their  26 times capped Mali international in January for around £7M.

The 24-year-old has scored four goals in six games this season for Sochaux, and the news is he will sign a four-and-a-half year deal, that will keep him through the summer of 2016, and he could become a Newcastle player as soon as the paperwork is completed very earl;y in January, like in the first couple of days.

This even seems that this could have been agreed with Alan Pardew in early September, because Alan had every right to feel let down by the Board, that they didn’t bring the promised striker in, and if the club can do this, it’s a good recovery.

Maiga was very anxious to come to Newcastle, when he heard of the club’s interest in him  in August, and Modibo even went on strike.

And with Newcastle now not only 4th top of the English Premier League, but also playing very well, the striker will be even more keen to arrive on Tyneside in January – and we don’t blame him. 😀

This is great news and we have to hope the Telegraph story is accurate, and it will give Newcastle and Alan Pardew more options up front.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #1

    posting like mad today i know but havent been on properly for a while other than to scan read articles.

    But on the subject of Santon. Im not sure i can comment on whether or not he should start against Wigan. I mean Simmo is well Simmo but he does not deserve the criticism he still gets considering he is part of the best defense in the country. And Raylor has his slips but on the whole he has done the job.

    The think is with home games is we need to come out all guns blazing at the start. Attack from the off. We started quite conservatively against Spuds. Id play same defense personally and see where it goes. Havent seen enough of Santon to fully trust him in defense although i have no doubts over his attacking ability.

    I think play by ear. If we are say 2-0 up at half time then we should definitely stick Santon in. His attacking abilities paired with either Obertan, Jonas or even Marveaux could be absolutely lethal. Like having 3 wingers.

  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    As for this Maiga guy. I know i havent seen much. I caught a few games towards the end of last season. And some youtube videos that Denis used to love so much. But im still not sure what he would bring. He seems a bit sketchy and like luck goes his way. But as we keep saying. Carr hasnt let us down yet so who knows.

  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #3

    on the subject of Marv. I absolutely love the first goal in this video

  • niffnoff

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #4

    If we sign this guy. I will be supprised. Not because I don’t think he’ll come, but because he’s a striker. Lol. Either way I won’t put my hopes up.

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #5

    well, well. feeling a little shocked at the moment! Think it’s just too much good news. being a Newcastle supporter, I’m not sure I can take much more of this 😉



    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Dnt think v need him, i would prefer playn one of our youth

  • G

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Another body through the door? Time will tell. Heard a rumour that Lovernkrands will be released in Jan (bush telegraph, so maybe bollix?), so presumably Maiga will be occupying his place in the squad. Lets have a bit of defensive cover now, and I will be a happy little bunny indeed.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #8


    As much as I love lovaman… I can see him either out as a player and more of an experience (coaching role in the future maybe) to have for the young guns.

  • G

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Agreed that his future could be coaching. Inteligent player, if he can communicate that to the kids then he might just be open to the idea himself maybe?

  • kevymartins

    Oct 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Would love him but hes banging them in over there and everytime he does his pricetag go’s ££££££££

  • cheikmate

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #11

    here is maigas best goal, won’t find this on youtube:

  • Solaidback

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Us this guy not playing the ACN then & if he is, what use is he to us in Jan when we actually need a new striker in to cover for Ba while he’s away on ACN duty??

    Personally, I’d have preferred us go for someone like Nolan Roux or someone else from Europe & not another African striker as we already have Ba & Strola who can/may be off to the ACN, so that leaves us with Besty, Lover & Ranger…. 🙁

  • EmeraldCityMagpie

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #13

    If this is true, then this guy is going to be a big part of NUFC’s future- looks bad for Best. Do you think he’ll be given the #9?

  • cheikmate

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #14

    next time sochaux are playing can someone help me find a link so i can see what hes all about. seems destined to be joining us.

    without knowing a great deal about either player, only stats, i would still prefer cisse. but u never know this maiga must be the real deal if he hes gona be our most ecxpensive signing for probly 3 years ??

  • EmeraldCityMagpie

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #15

    And best of luck with your treatments Ed!!!

  • MT

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #16

    me too, if Modibo Maiga need to play ACN. why we sign him? we should serious to think this question.
    how about the other target : Luuk de Jong & Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

  • Oleg G

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #17

    I know it is not connected to the post, but I just have to say…..


    About the post: Modibo Maiga is good enough for us? I never saw him playing and most of the things I heard about him is that he is the less good striker from our (real or not) targets.

  • StuW

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Sochaux are playing Evian TG this weekend, 7 or 8 pm kick off. Evian are minnows in the league, so he should do well if playing.

  • jakesome

    Oct 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #19

    @solaidback you forgetting the guy ive been waiting ages to see again…… good old sammy amiobi

  • dublin mag steve

    Oct 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #20

    lads i dont know how long this news is floating about but cwarr07 tweetedthis story at 11 am

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 18, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #21

    We should make a deal but not sign anything, why not scout for another 3 months?

    and dublin mag steve….it was around this morning, why do people even still follow him, apparently we signed Gervinho, N’Zogbia and I even remember Jonathan Spector.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Oct 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #22

    Maiga seems like a good player, but he’s the same approximate size (6’1″) as Best and Ba. I would be more interested in pairing Ba with a smaller, speedier forward who can make runs. Ba is a fine finisher, but he is a bit too lanky to create his own shot. Then again, Maiga is still an upgrade over Best, so it’s not at all a bad signing. How about 5’8″ speed demon who can give defenders fits while Ba comes in behind him to clan up the rebounds? Too many of the same type player at forward….Best, Ba, Maiga, and Shola are all 6’1″ and play with a high center of gravity. Now that’s not so bad if they’re all playing well, so who knows. At least we don’t have Peter Crouch 🙂

  • stephen1971

    Oct 18, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #23

    guys have faith in mr carr , do you think he,d be chasing this guy for so long if he was a hit and miss ? i would,nt be suprised if the board sign a pre contract now so they know its tied up


    Oct 18, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Now that we signed this guy! Lets just make sure that all the neccessary playing licenses and documentation is sorted by the time he gets here!

  • carrollsinger

    Oct 18, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #25

    I read the story at 5:30 this morning so he’s 5 1/2 hours to late lol

  • VanCanToonFan

    Oct 18, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #26

    I heard Philippe Auclair on the Football Weekly podcast talking about how there is HUGE interest in France regarding Newcastle United, and that the broadcaster who shows English games over there chose the Tottenham game over Arsenal-Scum because of all our French based players.

    NUFC are sealing this deal at EXACTLY the right time, when our profile is that high.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 19, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #27

    But hes sodding off with Ba and Tiote and maybe Shola to the African Cup of Nations. May leave us short of (decent) strikers.

  • studsy

    Oct 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #28

    @ Robby Bobson

    Just so you know, their isnt an ACN this year. they run every 2 years, and the next one is 2012.

    However FIFA are changing it to odd years, so it doesnt conflict with the WC. So their will also be one in 2013, then 2015, etc.

  • Sav

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #29

    I should trust Carr, I know, but we have Best and Ba doing well so I’m wondering is this guy that good and does he bring something else, something special that we haven’t got?
    Anyone know is he fast? Does he dribble, Is he a sniffer?

  • MT

    Oct 19, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #30

    ” Brek Shea “,someone says that new Fernando Torres….


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