Newcastle Willing To Pay £4.5M For Unknown French Midfielder?

There is some persistent news that Newcastle are in the lead to get Dijon midfielder Benjamin Corgnet this summer.

Benjamin Corgnet – French attacking midfielder

Reports on French radio station RMC Sports are that Newcastle are zoning in on the capture of the 24 year-old French attacking midfielder.

The player plays for Dijon FCO in the French first division and they are currently in 15th place, but just 3 points above the drop zone.

The news in early January was that Newcastle bid £4.5M for the player but it was turned down by the French club,  because they wanted their star player to stay with them until the summer, to help them stave off relegation.

Benjamin helped the club to gain promotion only last year,  and they want to ensure they stay in the French first division, but the indications are they are ready to sell in the summer, and there are constant rumors that he will join the Magpies.

Liverpool (of course) and Arsenal are also said to be after the player, but it seems that Newcastle have moved in quickly,  and it wouldn’t surprise us if they have already agreed terms with Dijon for their impressive midfielder.

Dijon manager Patrice Carteron said this in early January – so it seems they would be willing to let him go this summer:

“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.”

Benjamin has been at Dijon for two years and in all competitions has  appeared 56 times with 50 starts and has scored 9 goals.

The midfielder turns 25 in April and moved to Dijon after being spotted playing in the fifth division of French football, so we suppose this lad has been a a late developer?

With Newcastle being continually linked with the 5’11” player,  we wouldn’t be surprised if the Magpies sign him up in the summer, although a £4.5M fee seems high – so he must be good. 😀

After all that’s what Newcastle paid for French International attacking midfielder Yohan Cabaye last summer.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • LewSpi

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    In Graham Carr we trust.

    Sorry for repost, Ed ALWAYS posts at the same time as me.

    I went to the game last night, was a good contest. Was very impressed with 4 players, Remie Streete, Lewis Storey (2 CBs), also Ben Sayer and Brandon Miele (2CMs). Ben Sayer in particular was awesome, bossed the midfield, like a hybrid between Cabaye and Tiote.

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2


    in carr we trust, yes, but i dont trust pardew, he has changed cabayes game since he came, and that i dont like, he has most of his players thinking defense first and they seem scared to push up the field

  • bollance

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3


    Which player will be playing for Gateshead next season?

    Campbell was a big miss last night?

  • davybtoon

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Catchy pardew has n is done a great job were 3 pts off 4th n ppl like r still moaning, cabaye playing the same way he has always played

  • bollance

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5


    We were as high as 2nd at the beginning of the season based on a rock solid defence.

    For me the turning point of the season was saylor getting injured.

    The difference is now we give the ball away cheaply so we spend more of the game defending. That was the problem against Spurs.

  • ParisToon

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve seen Corgnet on French TV and he looks pretty sharp along with his team mate Kakuta, the rest of the team are crap though! Not sure he’s worth 4.5 mill?

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #7

    when i lived in newcastle, i used to watch the reservs all the time, it was when maceleleno was there, he was class with all the kids, you could see him talking to them all the time, saylor in particular , another one im surprised never made it was bradley ore, that boy was tough and could really play, then he got loaned out , then there was shola and chopra, chopra scored goals for fun and shola always looked good outside the box but crap in it,

  • martoon

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    If we genuinely interested in players like this then that surely means bye bye Guthrie in the Summer.

  • jayphoto

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, Benjamin Corgnet isnt unknown! hes got every team and their dog looking at him in France, Lyon leading the race! Got a massive feeling we’ll sign him though, he wants an english move and his style wouldn’t suit arsenal, he reminds me a lot of a young frank lampard at west ham! He’s not outstanding at anything but hes a 7/10 in every department! He plays just behind 2 strikers as an advanced midfielder at the moment but plays just as well as a deep lying midfielder! Very much an allround player like they used to be in the 80?s rather than a specialist in 1 position! I honestly couldn’t see him replacing cabaye or tiote, but he’d certainly fit in if we played 5 in midfield for some games! Loyal lad aswell, he wanted the move in january and didnt kick off and throw his dummy out, just said he will do whatever his team want him to do! was non league 2 years ago so appreciates the chance hes been given, very professional lad! I guess he’s a little Rob Lee like when I think about it!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Catchy in norway – I saw the lads train a couple years ago and i swear shola nearly took the net off on every effort, the defenders couldn’t get the ball off him either! Looked like a different player, was almost drogba esque – i guess training and reserves is a million miles away from the premier league!

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #11

    davybtoon // Feb 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM
    bollance // Feb 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    we have changed a lot from the start of the season, and i dont believe saylor is the reason for that, yes i think he made our defense very strong, but that dont change the fact our midfield is getting worse no matter who plays in there and that has to be the way they are being asked to play,

    yes davy look at the table, cos now we are in free fall, and its not just 1 result at wolves, this is now going back a lot of matches now, even if you take it from the brighton game to now, we have looked very poor in every game,

    so again yes look at the table cos that 4th place is only gona get further away, hmmm didnt you say look at the table we are 1 point of 4th last week? haha, open your eyes and see it for what it is,

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12



    so why have all the others be let go and shola still here??

  • listie

    Feb 28, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Hopefully he’s mustard!

    Sorry i’ll get my coat now

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    davybtoon, is the same song from you over and over again.

    Just because we’re 3 points off 4th doesn’t mean we play well…

    There are 12 more matches to go and in all fairness we could miss out on 36 point. Now add that up and where do you think we potentially could finish?

    We have a great opportunity here this season and we’re throwing it away.

    I my book, catchy has a valid point.

  • Tom

    Feb 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Listie that was great I’m going to start using that phrase!

    The French Revolution continues. I completely trust our scouting team to bring good young players in the club, I’m really excited about Newcastle’s future.

    The thing with Chelsea is that they never created a legacy. Man City will, yes they buy amazing players for millions but they also invest and keep investing in youth. Chelsea never did this and that is why noone has come through to their first team. Newcastle are creating a legacy to be successful by buying young players with resale value, to then further reinvest in the future of this great club.

  • John

    Feb 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Why are we chasing all these midfieders how are Vuckic, Samey, Abeid, Fergie ever going to break into the first team if that dept. is top heavy with players? As long as I can remember we have always been short at RB and LB whats that about signing players we dont need and over looking posistions we do need cover, RB, LB, CB

  • london_mag

    Feb 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    havent we already got a player called BEN ARFA?!

  • florenzo23

    Feb 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Surely we need to be focused on the defence which is letting us down week in week out at the moment with the exception of a few key players? A big spend on a centre back to paid up with Colo makes more sense to me. Just a thought tho!

  • Solaidback

    Feb 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Well if we keep buying all these french players, we may end up playing in the french league instead of the PL.. lol

    I’ve got a funny feeling players like Gosling, Gutherie. Perch & maybe even HBA could be on their way out if we’re looking to bring in even more AMF to play alongside Cabaye & Tiote… unless one of those is going… I wonder which one it will be??? mmmm

  • yonyyuentoon

    Feb 28, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    i just like to see the squad r getting more better plyer that can as well as others we already hav since sometime i can see tiredness from some of our player and we couldn bring on someone decent enuf to keep playing …the likes of these unknown player will come in wit out pressure since we dnr hav a lot big name signing nowaday so that the top 4 will b within the touching distance in a few year but now i’ll happy even top 7

  • Sav

    Feb 29, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #21

    2nd half of the season and its just that teams have sussed out our midfield and are marking closely. Got to be a bit more subtle, that’s all. And yes, Stephen Taylor has been missed anarl. Cheick always takes a few to get his high-tempo game back, too.

  • richardj1986

    Feb 29, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #22

    We are buying him as cover… He is all round player not like Ben arfa or perch who are either attacking or defensive. Thus a great substitute.

    Gosling has showed glimpse of quality along with Guthrie but think about the summer clear out..

    The papers need storys so we will be linked to players that we have been linked with before.

    In regards to the centre backs and full backs we will sign some in the summer but the papers won’t know who until the club want them too.

    We need left back and cover for a right back… As simpson looks set to leave..


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