French Press Link Newcastle With Polish International Midfielder

There are reports in the French press that Newcastle are interested in signing Polish midfielder Ludovic Obraniak, who plays at Lille.

Ludovic Obraniak – cannot get games in Lille side

But with the player being 27 years-old and getting less games at Lille since Joe Cole moved them on loan this season, we doubt if there are any truth in these reports.

The Polish International moved to Lille back in 2007 from FC Metz, and he has played 149 times for the French Champions with 17 goals.

Obraniak was born in Longeville-lès-Metz, France, and although he played for the French U21 side he also qualifies to play for Poland through his grandfather, and he has so far played 19 times for Poland with 4 goals.

The attacking midfielder has seen restricted playing time this season since the arrival at Lille of Joe Cole in the summer, and is concerned about his playing time.

Obviously he wants to make the Poland squad for the European Championship next summer, as Poland are joint hosts of the tournament with the Ukraine, and he is now concerned about his place in the squad.

The reports suggest that Newcastle are keen on the player,  and could offer him first-team opportunities at Newcastle, but he  will have a hard job getting into Newcastle’s midfield at the moment,  which is very strong.

The player spoke to the French Daily L’Equipe today:

“It has been two years since I’ve seen my playing time reduced significantly. Mentally, I’m getting a little tired because it is a pleasure to play football.”

“And then the Euros begin in about six months. I have a little pressure from the Polish coach.”

The fee is said to be in the region of £5M, and we just cannot see Newcastle being interested in a player who turned 27 last month, and cannot make the starting eleven at Lille.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    on guthrie bit, i heard he was on only 4k a week so ashley needs to give him a decent contract, or i am sure he will be off. I as a die hard toon fan will be off, have to make a decent living

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    On tiote bit,

    there is one possibility that none of you have considered, that he may actually be be genuinely injured.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3

    on Obraniak bit,

    we need some experience players in, when likes of Smith, lovenkrands move on but not for 5 million

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4


  • Dannyo

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    I disagree on the experience, we have Shola, Gutti and Collo.
    And it’s not like our team is all 18-20, we have loads of age 24-26.

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Indian is right….the team need an experienced pro to show them how to warm that bench on a cold winters day….smith is so valuable to this club…I call for a contract extension!

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #7

    On tiote….time will tell. Don’t want to see him go, he’s amazing for us. But we all know if a good offer comes in, he will go and fingers crossed Carr will save the day again and the club will be moving forward (He says wishfully)

  • joppadoni

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed… the Shields Gazzette has reported that kermit the frog was seen at central station, rumour has it he is going to replace Pardew in January…

    what do you think?

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Maybe Kermit is travelling to the scum?

  • joppadoni

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    I can tell you after shagging miss Piggy last night that she reckons Kermit wouldnt be seen dead on the road outside the stadium of shite never mind working there

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Can you blame him? How was Miss Piggy?

  • ross armstrong

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Wtf yous goin on about lol

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 2, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    God know’s Ross…it’s early

  • Lynxie

    Dec 2, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    So its Martin Oneil to the unwashed then is it? His record is exemplary, he once won the Scottish Premier league you know, beating giants of world football St Mirren, Raith Rovers and Kilmarnock along the way.

    Just like Gordon Strachan, ha ha haha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahaha

  • Lynxie

    Dec 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Whats the difference between an Arsonist and Steve Bruce?

    An arsonist would never throw away his last match…….

  • toonincheek

    Dec 2, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Can’t see us being interested.
    We have Mehdi Abeid.
    This guy is not even young enough or cheap enough to ‘develop’ and sell.


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