Newcastle’s Big Offer For French Midfielder Turned Down


It’s going to be interesting to see who Graham Carr has been looking at over the last four months or so,  and we should get to know that as the bids Newcastle make become known.

Benjamin Corgnet – Dijon not keen to lose him

There is news today that Newcastle have bid £4.5M for French midfielder Benjamin Corgnet who plays for Dijon FCO, and the bid has been immediately turned down by the French Ligue 1 club.

The 24-year old 5’11” French central midfielder has been in good form for his side this season, and is their top scorer with 7 goals in his 19 league appearances for the club.

Dijon are currently 5th bottom of the French League with only 19 points from their 19 games and only one point above the drop zone.

Benjamin joined Dijon in 2010 after playing for amateur club Monts d’Or Azergues for a couple of years, and last season  he played for Dijon in the French second division, and in 27 total appearances he scored only a single goal.

There is a rumor that he has a buy-out clause in his current contract of £5.8M, and if that’s  true, then  if Newcastle raised their bid by £1.3M then Dijon would have to sell the player.

Dijon are not keen to lose  Corgnet in January, and their manager Patrice Carteron had this to say today:

“We had a direct approach from Newcastle, but he is of the same approach as us and wants to continue to grow and play a full season in Ligue 1.”

“We would allow him to leave at the end of the season. Newcastle’s offer was very high.”

It seems that the French club would be willing to let him go in the summer, but they want to keep him so he can help them stay in the French first division this season, which even seems understandable.

As we mentioned earlier,  some of the players we are linked with in January could be joining the club in the summer, and Benjamin could certainly be one of them.

However, since he’s a central midfielder we hope that doesn’t mean the club are going to allow Cheick Tiote to leave this month.

If Cheick does leave later this month,  we assume Newcastle could move in  for Corgnet and bid the full £5.8M,  and the French club would then have to sell.

What do you think about this news?

Comments welcome.



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300 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Conflicting reports as to his position is, some claim defensive midfield others are saying attacking midfield?

    Where’s Niafon ???

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #2

    He’s a holding midfielder but can also chip in with goals think he’s got 7 in 19 games this season.. Still dont even believe weve bid for him

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope this is Smiths replacement and not Tiote or Cabayes.

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #4

    7 goals in 19 apperances.. defensive? i dont think so=)

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    To be honest even if we went in for Maynard for like £2million he would be a good stop gap while Ba is away a think he could do a job and get us some goals playing off Best and Benny

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #6

    nightfall – he might have a good strike or good free kick

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Any new names been linked from earlier today.??

    Bored shitless cant wait to get back to work,Shock horror.lol

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Corgnets statistics/attributes..

    Aerial Duels – Very Strong
    Long Shots – Strong
    Dribbling – Strong
    Passing – VERY WEAK
    Tackling – Weak

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #9

    I see the Itk accounts are back in full flow on twatter.

    Bunch of Idiots….

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #10

    MC 11 starts 5 goals
    AMC – 7 starts 2 goals

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #11

    He is an attack minded central midfielder! Much like Gerrard or Yaya Toure (not that he has similar ability).

    He plays in centre midfield and can get forward but isn’t an attacking midfielder like Vuckic and isn’t a defensive midfielder like Tiote.

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  • newcastle29

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #12

    The club have rubbished this story and said its completly untrue. Lee ryder from the chronicle says the same.

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #13

    http://www.footytube.com/video/auxerre-dijono-dec21-100089?ref=tchan_ov_vidgrid

    The above is a clip of corgnet scoring last week against Auxerre.

    He shows some good touches and passes as well.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #14

    What does it matter about this guy. The club have come out and said that it is untrue which would suggest it is either (a) untrue or (b) true but we aren’t going to get him so the club are distancing themselves from the player. Either way what does it matter?

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #15

    If you ask me (which I doubt any of you would) it is one thing we are lacking in the centre of the pitch. We have Tiote who is tough tackling and breaks up play, Cabaye who starts the frward motion but neither have pace or brilliant dribbling ability.
    I for one am in the chain of thought that ultimatley Newcastle will end up playing 4-3-3 and that Guti and Ober will come in slightly and become RF & LF respectively.
    In the future I can see a fromation much likethis:

    GK- Krul
    RB- Santon
    CB- Saylor
    CB- Collo
    LB- Cissokho (or someon similar)
    DM- Tiote
    CM- Cabaye
    CM- Corgnet
    RF- Holliet (Please God)
    LF- Benny
    CF- Ba

    Subs:

    GK- Elliot
    RB- Simmo
    LB- Fergie (Dunno Why)
    CB- Willo
    CB- Dunk
    RM/RB/LB- Raylor
    CM- Gosling
    CM- Abied
    CM/AM- Vuckic
    LF/LW- Guti
    LF/LW- Marveaux
    RF/RW- Obertan
    RF/RW- Sammy
    CF- Best
    CF- Ameobi
    CF- Prior (If successful)

    I think that is a great team with strength in depth and could easily get into the top 6.

    Thoughts?

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought Dijon was a mustard?

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  • soundoid

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Talksport want NUFC fans to phone in about Shola, Presenters singing his praises big time.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 5, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #19

    That’s because Shola was a beast last night!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Sarcasm JB?lol

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #21

    That’s a decent lineup Beattie25 except we don’t know whether Corgnet would make the step up to the Prem and Hoillett might be beyond our owner’s ambition (they want at least 8 M I think). To me Ben Arfa seems completely out of favour with Pardew unless he is saving him to play while the ACoN is on. We will soon find out. Can we score at all without Ba? If we go a couple of games without a goal our targets may change. A lot of talk about Maynard and he is cheap enough that the owner might consider it.

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  • max

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #22

    just buy someone please

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #23

    A French midfielder?
    Why on earth would we want one of them?
    Are the French any good like?
    Lol

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Only the gaffer knows what the deal is with HBA. At the end of the day the buck stops with him, it might frustrate us the fans, and HBA himself but the final decision on team selection rests on AP. We are currently 7th in the league and just spanked the Champions for the first time since the heady days of SBR…I know who I trust with team selection 😛

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  • JackButler

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Ruddy – No mate, never heard of him before

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #26

    ameobi was garbage last night lets stop lying to ourselves . One knockon header in 90minutes doesnt constitute a good game. It was barely even an assist. Best would have been a better person too start with and is the better player overall

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  • JackButler

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m still gonna push for Jordan Rhodes, young, great scoring record, definitely someone we should be looking at

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #28

    JB
    U will only be disappointed when Swansea or Norwich sign him mate 🙁

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  • supporter

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #29

    He is a very promising player. He is emerging only now because he wanted to finsih his studies first but the best teams in France like Lyon are interested to buy him and his coach thinks he will be soon in the national team/ But I don’t see any chance for him to play in Newcastle, nit because Newcastle cannot offer him a good opportunity, but because Pardew will not make him played llike he doesn’t let HBA play. Pardew tactic is long balls, so why having a skill new player , he needs instaed very tall and strong basket player like Shola could be. This is a tactical decision.
    .

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #30

    toonbrother
    Shola was garbage? Did u see the match mate?

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  • nufc90

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    i think shola created a lot of space for ba to shine though. there were several examples where he pulled defenders away just by making runs to give ba space.

    goughie just asked the question should shola be in the england squad ha ha

    i’d definitely go for rhodes too, i think lee clark would be more inclined (if he had to let him go) to let him come to us

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  • JackButler

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #32

    WWJBD

    Allow me to dream for a little while at least 😉

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #33

    the last thing we need is another nondescript central midfield player. We need back up for Tiote. Guthrie to me is a slightly more combative less skillful version of Cabaye. We need someone else capable of guarding the back four the way Mr T did last night

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  • WWJBD

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #34

    JB
    Haha fair enough mate, I heard Rhodes is having a medical with us this week….him and Barnetta are locked in the same hotel room 😉

    toonbrother
    Nondescript midfield player? From what I have read about this lad he is a CDM…whats Tiote again?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Shola was making runs, keeping possession, bossing their defence in the air and on the ground, never mind the great flick for Ba, barely an assist? Ludicrous statement. Some fans are blinkered by their own stubborn stupidity and no matter how some players perform they will never admit that they played well just because they are too stubborn to back down and admit they are wrong. Toonbrother shut up.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #36

    WWJBD

    Alright, no need to take to the piss 😉

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #37

    That’s funny Marty-Toon, yes I realize we have brought in some fairly decent French players. Just haven’t seen him to rate him (Corgnet I mean) and the description of him as a poor passer gives reason to be cautious if true. Cabaye certainly isn’t a poor passer and we already have Vuckic to grow into the AM role. I don’t think this rumour has legs personally but you never know. The match was brilliant. So much of our attacking play depends on Ba though. What happens for the next month?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #38

    WWJBD no point arguing with someone who clearly hasn’t a clue about football. Guthrie’s range of passing is exceptional, and I would say he is quite technically gifted, it just so happens that Cabaye is a magician with the ball.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #39

    @toonbrother – have you ever seen the lad play????

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  • JackButler

    Jan 5, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Been saying for a while that he biggest deal we can do this window is to get Guthrie signed up long term

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