Magpies’ Potential Target Admits Newcastle Are A Big Club


With the news in the local papers we had thought it was almost a cast iron certainty that the striker that would be coming in early January would be Mobido Maiga of Sochaux.

Olivier Giroud – Newcastle are a big club – so who knows?

Newcastle were close to signing the 24 year-old on the last day of the transfer window last August but it fell through, as did an attempt to bring center-back Liam Ridgewell of Birmingham to the club.

But one player Newcastle have been continually linked with over the last couple of months is top striker Olivier Giroud of Montpellier.

Certainly it’s true that Newcastle scouts have been watching the Montpellier games this season, and the club is top of the French League with 36 points from 16 games and 3 points above new moneybags club, PSG.

Another player that Newcastle have been linked with at Montpellier is 22 year-old Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who can play center-back or full back and with Steven Taylor out for the rest of the season, the 22 year-old  would appear to be a decent buy in January for around £5M.

It’s a fair bet that Chief Scout Graham Carr has seen a decent player or two at Montpellier, and he is tracking them closely,  but exactly who they are is still not crystal clear.

The 25-year-old Giroud has had a terrific season scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances,  including one on Saturday in Montpelier’s 4-0 defeat of Lorient.

Olivier signed for Montpellier in January of last year and has scored 24 goals in 52 appearances since that time, and the 6’4″ striker certainly looks a decent player.

He has talked about being happy at the French club, although he has admitted today that Newcastle are a big club:

“I am very happy with the start of the season. I am in good form, in good physical condition so I am lucky at the moment and enjoying my football.”

“It is normal to be linked with clubs when you are scoring goals.”  “I like the English Premier League. Newcastle are a big club, so who knows?”

“But at the moment I am thinking about Montpellier and putting them on the European map at the end of the season.”

One thing is almost certain, and that’s Newcastle will bring in another striker in January, and they could also bring in two defenders, who could be Erik Pieters of PSV and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpellier.

Both defenders can play at both center-back or full-back,  and those seem to be the type of defenders  Newcastle need at the moment.

Those two players plus either Maiga or Giroud would be excellent transfer business for Newcastle in January, and hopefully that could happen early next month too.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


91 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #41

    i want mbiwa from montpellier i think we were always gonna bring a cb in the jan window anyway so they prob already know who they want

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #42

    i think clynne from palace would b good move for fullback n we tavernier to come back aswell

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #43

    Davy,
    From what I’ve read thats exactly the reason but what I’m saying is that if we’d paid the bit extra we wouldnt be in the sh*t now and when you look at the bigger picture them extra fees we could have paid might get lost in league position money anyway.

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  • Matt Stoddz NUFC

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #44

    If any of you have Facebook please like my newcastle page…
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    Thanks

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #45

    yea i understand but i still think a top 7 finish is well on the cards for this season which will b great n ive got faith with whoever fills in at cb

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  • Sir Alan

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #46

    I think someone has mentioned it already but it just came to my mind now. If Tiote is fit for Norwich game then why not stick him centre back with Perch? Surely he has all the aspects (pace, strength, heading ability etc.) to play their. Almost like a Mascherano for barca. What do you think?

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #47

    i think the team v norwich will be
    krul
    santon simmo perch rtaylor
    obertan cabaye guthrie/tiote jonas
    shola ba

    n even with our cb missing that team should b good enough to b norwich

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #48

    Good positive thinking davy,I just like finding excuses to bitch at Ashley

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  • Toon Tang

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #49

    ruiz aint much cop if you ask me

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #50

    Anyone is watching the Liverpool game?
    Liverpool are such an attacking team, so many dangerous players up front (and Carroll is there too hhh….). But seriously, they look good, but not as sharp as I thought they would be after winning twice against Chelsea this season.

    On the other hand, Fulham is a very solid team, very good in the middle. We can learn a thing or two from them. They are passing the ball around very well, making chances from the middle, something that we rarely do.

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  • Sholameobi

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #51

    I like the sound of giroud would allow Ba to play his preferred 10 role

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  • alec6247toon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #52

    With regards to league position at the moment, if you look were what 10 points above 8th place, and I know that it is still too early to be comfortable in the position that were in, but all we have to do is last the next few weeks, by which time colo and willo will hopefully be back, they can do the job until end of jan (buy new cente back, allow him to settle in) and then we should be alright.

    If you look at the fixtures we have in the next few weeks as well, Norwich (a) and then Swansea and WBA (both h). If the midfield and the forwards play how they have been this season, then that should be at least 6 points you would think.

    Tiote may be the crucial player for us though in the next few weeks, him tracking back and covering the centre of defence is going to be key to limit chances against us, and we also just have to hope that Krul keeps up this form, and we should hopefully do ok, but we can re-evaluate where we are then and look at what we think needs doing.

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  • alec6247toon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #53

    correction, we’re 8 points clear of 8th

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #54

    @ Oleg G

    One forward, two backs is minimum.
    But we need backs who can double between FB and CB if possible rather than the wing back type of player (much as I’d love to have a Gareth Bale in the side )

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #55

    angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 5, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Sorry for my lack of knowledge (i guess) – what is FB? Full back? So many names for it, CB, CD, FB, all the same position?

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  • mickg108

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #56

    M’Biga would be a great signing,can play rb ( Simmo’s away imo) or CB & composed n the ball,Giroud would attract a lot of Prem interest but would have him.

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  • Thump

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #57

    I’d love Alex like but I can’t see us getting him.

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #58

    Come on Fulham!

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #59

    Thump // Dec 5, 2011 at 9:40 PM
    What is the price of Alex?

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #60

    Fulham 10 – Liverpool 12 (Attempts on goal)

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  • Thump

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #61

    Couldn’t tell you Oleg but I can’t see him being cheap, plus he’ll be wanting daft money.

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  • soundoid

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #62

    Fulham Woo Hoo!

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  • Offkey

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #63

    Fulham 1-0 against liverpool – few minutes left and the deserve it

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #64

    YES!!!!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #65

    Sholameobi – You mean the same number 10 role that Ben Arfa plays loll

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #66

    Great result for us this

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #67

    Bayern want Alex aswell

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #68

    Fulham are playing really well. But Liverpool are a serious team, they were just unlucky.

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  • davybtoon

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #69

    Dembele a hell of a player for fulham

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  • Offkey

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #70

    Fulham have played well – especially second half – Dembele could have had a hat-trick

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #71

    Fulham are asking for the 1-1, passing the ball in their last third of the field. On the other hand, at least they are not kicking the ball back to Liverpool.

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  • soundoid

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #72

    That piles a bit more shite on Sunderland too..

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #73

    Sunderland Lost
    Liverpool Lost.
    Well, I am a bit more cheered up after the Saturday result.

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  • Toon Tang

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #74

    well in fulham. much appreciated it is

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  • Oleg G

    Dec 5, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #75

    Oh… Stoke against Spurs. Maybe Spurs can loose some points finally ha?!

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #76

    Still three points clear of 7th place.
    It’s not only us who will trip up – other teams do too.
    Imagine if the Gooners had a long term injury to Van Persie ?
    It;s good to see Pardew aiming high – not like the neggers on here who think 10th spot is good enough – it ain;t

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #77
  • Ba Humbug

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #78

    So glad angels made that point about big teams slipping up. we have NOTHING to be embarrassed about at this stage of season. Lets just see the defense patched up with a good signing and Monsieur Giroud and we can push on.

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  • Milner

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #79

    Read a good article in The Times today (ohhh), about a South American manager called Jorge Sampaoli, doing exceptional work with University of Chile team, “La U”.

    With 20 years experience in youth coaching, he’s spent plenty of time experimenting formations, and takes with him a lethal 3-3-1-3, that’s working wonders.

    His teams favor an offensive approach mainly playing with 3 backs, 2 full-backs, 1 defensive midfielder, 1 offensive midfielder, 2 wingers and 1 center forward.

    Worth a try?…come on Pards, take a gamble till Colo and Willo can establish a wintery hold on the back 4.

    Sampaoli’s South American Toon might look like this:

    …………Krul…………..
    …Simmo….Perch…….Raylor
    Santon……Tiote……..Gutherie
    …………Cabaye…………..
    HBA…………………..Jonas
    …………..Ba……………

    (an unfit tiote would require retinkering, with Gosling somewhere)

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #80

    Milner – that used to be the only formation a would use on FM and the old championship manager games it was class never really lost and scored loads of goals

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