Newcastle Linked With Another French Attacking Midfielder

With Newcastle now scouring the French football leagues for good bargains it’s not surprising that Arsenal could be int here for the same players.

Benjamin Corgnet – top French midfielder interesting Arsenal and Newcastle

Arsene Wenger has brought in a lot of French players in his time as the Arsenal manager, and it seems that both clubs are now keen on Dijon midfielder Benjamin Corgnet.

Newcastle were said to have made an offer for the Dijon midfielder in early January,  and that was said by the Dijon manager  at the time to have been a large bid from Newcastle, but it was still turned down by the French club.

The 24-year-old was born in Thionville, France and was signed by Dijon after he was spotted playing for amateur club Monts d’Or Azergues in the Championnat de France amateur 2, the fifth division of French football.

It’s clear that Newcastle are after an attacking midfielder this summer, and only a couple of days ago we were linked with 22 year-old attacking midfielder Romain Amalfitano, who is a free agent in the summer and the news was that Newcastle were ready to offer the lad a three year deal.

Corgnet looks to be a very good player and there are now a number of Premier League clubs taking notice, including Arsenal and Newcastle .

The 5’11” Corgnet is a very good all around player,  and has a phenomenal work rate, and he can also score the goals and has 9 goals this season so far for Dijon.

Of course Newcastle have scoured the French market and we expect some unknown players to be signed up after Chief Scout Graham Carr has continued to check out up and coming players across the English Channel this season.

Since joining Dijon Corgnet in 2010, he has played 60 times for the French side and scored 10 goals, and this season he has made 27 total overall appearances with 9 goals, and has been Dijon’s star player.

This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with this player, and in early January we reported that Dijon had turned down an offer of £4.5M from Newcastle for their player.

It looks to us that Newcastle are really interested in acquiring this player in the summer, and at the time their manager Patrice Carteron had this to say:

“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 wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle get this lad into the club early in the summer.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Old news Ed 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Damn it! I am on fire today 🙂 lol

    Keep the posts coming Ed…

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    But since we are realizing a dozen of players this summer, maybe we should look at getting some talent for our Academy.

    Those players we have been linked with lately are for the first team…

  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Can he play on the wings? Only midfield position I’m concerned about is the Right wing. With Obertan failing to find consistent form and Raylor’s lack of pace, its the only MF position at the moment that I feel needs strengthening. That is under the assumption that Arfa won’t be deployed in that position ofcourse.

    Our defence need’s strengthening the most Bring in a couple young prospects as cover.

  • davybtoon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Gt89 agreed fergie probably our best winger

  • pardew no 1

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    cant wait for the match like it will be me first time to watch cisse properly and has not impressed me

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    realizing = releasing 🙂

  • gaz 44

    Feb 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    so glad i got tickets for today feeling really up for it.. cisse first full home debut.. cabaye and tiote back.. a team with something to prove after a 5-0 rubbing.. HWTL

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Depending on alot of things today, but I predict a 1-0 or 2-1 victory for us.

    But as I said earlier if AP gets a lot stuff right this time around it could be even bigger 🙂

  • gorgonzola

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    @ Papiss Toon


  • gorgonzola

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #11

    It will be interesting to see the following.

    1) Home game
    2) Weak opposition and vulnerable now
    3) will HBA be given a chance over a lackluster Obertan
    4) most probably not

    And NO I am not starting the “same argument” but indulge me am I wrong?

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    How Raylor gets a start ahead of Benny tells you absolutely everything you need to know about Pardew. Benny will leave at the expense of an honest, workaday, but no star quality journeyman in Raylor. Benny is the closest thing we’ve had to the second coming of Beardo and Pardew is going to blow it.

    Take today, we should be going all out, guns blazing against Wolves, but we will make it difficut for ourselves by not having our best players on the pitch and negatively worrying too much about the opposition, a la Allardyce, instead of imposing ourselves.

    Pardew prefers artisans to artists and doesn’t know how to play a system to suit the good technical players Carr has assembled for him.
    It’s like asking Cabaye to be a Sunday park player.

    Messi would have a hard time getting a gig under Pardew, just ask Tevez and Madscherano, 2 world class players dumped in favour of Harewood and Mullins.

    This is why pardew’s highest achievement has been finshing 9th one year.

    Hard work is very laudable and a much needed quality and attribute, but if you can’t incorporate a flair player in your team, you are never going to reach the heights, as fear of flair fixes a certain mindset, but not a winning mentality.

    Pardew mirrors Allardyce in just about everything.
    We have some great players who maybe are partially succeeding (not taking in to account the 2 recent thrashings and the embarrassment at Brighton) in spite of Pardew, not because of him.

    Pray to god I will be proved wrong and Benny plays a blinder in a front 3 with BA and Cisse.
    Never happen with Pardew.

  • gorgonzola

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda the messiah

    +1 mate


    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    jesperfugslag: @3

    Do you mean “Releasing” and not realizing?

    Sorry just noticed your post @7!

    Is this old news though! Typical that Arsenal are after the same players we are! While Liverpool just want to buy the players off us we already have!

    You,ve more or less predicted the scoreline for the game today and i agree!
    It is,nt going to be as easy as everyone on here seems to think though!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Cheers Gonz,

    Also didn’t pardew say some bull about wanting players who got fans off their seats. Sorry perch and raylor over benny doesn’t work for me. I’m firmly rooted to the spot.

  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda – Agree with you on most of those points! Especially the worrying too much about the opposition like Allardyce! Very good comment.
    Buts lets not take away from the fact Pardew has done a top job, but I feel if we are to utilise the fortune we’ve had this season, it’s by using the best players at our disposal, not average try hards, essential as they are at times.

  • ganiyu

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #17

    any links for todays game??

  • davybtoon

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    The problem is your saying benny shud b in over obertan when actually he shud b on the left wing not ryt wing

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #19


    I would say that pardew’s strength is that he is a good motivator, maybe even exceptional on a few occasions, ie manu and stoke. That you can’t deny in any shape or from and both matches were superb management.

    However, if Pardew could only lose the so so rigid formula of 442, playing long ball, playing a high line with slow turning defenders etc and have a plan B and make more adventurous game changing subs, not putt on more defenders when we are losing a game, so we don’t lose by even more, then you could really start to believe in him.

    As someone said the other day, Willo turns slower than a pregnant woman in heels. If a man on the street sees that, why can’t the man who has the power to react and change the system not?

  • Tommyy

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda – again spot on. I agree wholly with what you’re saying, there are some really annoying traits Pardew seems to have. Mainly that stubbornness to try something new and use our top ball players.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21


    we can only live in hope. I just hope there is a happy ending for benny and that we can finish the season strongly with him being part of it.

  • Dyer8

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    If Sochaux Relegation

    Marvin Martin, CM
    Ryad Boudrbouz, WG
    Sebastian Corchia, RB

  • sparetheman

    Feb 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #23

    I need to stop reading these blogs. Too many sheep getting on Pardew’s back for the smallest of reasons and patting each other on the back for making your ridiculously negative comments. BORED TO DEATH OF IT!

  • toonincheek

    Feb 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #24

    spaqretheman –
    We should abandon a few threads to the neggers and let them get on with it.
    There are far more positive vibes from blog contributors than negative ones, it’s just that the neggers seem to take great delight in posting and re-posting the same comments over and over again and I for one cannot be bothered to re-post time and time again, putting a positive perspective on Pardew et al.

  • theleckworthbird

    Feb 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #25

    All well and good, however if we don’t win today, the vultures, if not actually gathering, will undoubtedly be preparing to take to the air.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #26

    spare the man, then, it’s a forum, an exchamge of views or do we all have to agree with you, oh enlightened one.


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