Are Newcastle Still Interested In This Top French Striker?


Newcastle will have their scouts watching the European Championships this summer in Poland and the Ukraine.

Olivier Giroud – Newcastle still  interested?

And Alan Pardew has said there are a couple of players in particular they will watch, but these summer tournaments can also be dodgy.  How many times has a player shone at the tournament, his price has gone up, and he moves, and is then a flop at his new club.

That happens quite a lot,  which is why Newcastle have already done their homework on the players they are after this summer, and Alan hopes they have lousy tournaments so they will not attract the interest of other clubs.

This is what the Newcastle manager had to say today to the local press:

“We’ll be represented at the Euros.” “There are a couple of players we’re looking at in that tournament and, as far as I’m concerned, I hope they have an awful one!”

“The valuations will go up and down – we’ll look at that.” “Someone’s reputations will go through the roof, and someone’s won’t. That might affect the price.”

“Most clubs want to hold off to see how their players do.” “You all want the bonus of your player being the star, or having a big tournament.”

We didn’t think Newcastle were still interested in Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, but they are due to bring in another striker in the summer, but we thought that would be a younger player than the 25 year-old.

But Olivier looks a good player,  and he brilliantly set up Montpellier’s winning goal in stoppage time last Sunday, put in the net by Karim Ait Fana, to give his team a vital 1-0 win over high flying Lille.

The French striker has scored 25 goals for Montpellier this season and also has  8 assists in his 41 games played, and maybe Newcastle are keeping tabs on him, just  in case Demba Ba moves on

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had a decent game for Montpellier in central defense, although the Montpellier captain should have been sent off in the second half for a wild tackle, but the referee didn’t give him the caution – he obviously remembered he had given him one in the first half.

Yanga-Mbiwa has been linked with Newcastle all season, and of course it seems we are also afer Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy, who also played in Sunday’s game at right back for Lille, and is Yohan Cabaye’s friend.

Yanga-Mbiwa almost moved away from Montpellier last season, when the asking price was £5M, but that’s gone up to £7M.

Yanga-Mbiwa was born in Bangui, in the Central African Republic but moved to France as a toddler, and has played 8 times for the France U21 side.

Those are three players Newcastle will presumably be keeping an eye on, but another target – Erik Pieters will not be part of Euro 2012 due to his foot injury.

But the problem with all three players above, is that other top clubs are also very interested in the three of them, and they include Arsenal and Manchester United, to name just two.

Comments welcome.



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103 comments so far

  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #1

    From the last post

    Diame is nothing special but in that regard neither is Tiote.

    The job they do is not pretty but it is very effective.

    If Diame replaced Tiote I’d be as furios as the next person but if Diame came in to play alongside the great man himself I can guarantee you we’d be the hardest team to break down in the PL and 5-0 drubbings would be a thing of the past!

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  • tomtoon7

    May 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    why not

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Giroud is effin’ beast!!

    If we sign him then I’ll be best mates with Toontom

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Tomtoon rather

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyway Giroud needs good service so he’d struggle in our team as we have wingers that couldn’t even serve in a restaurant.

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  • Edd Case

    May 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Will be an exciting summer no doubt.

    Hoping we sign 6 new first teamers as I reckon 3 will go.

    Simmo, Best and one other, maybe Tiote or Ba.

    Would not be that arsed if we loose Jonas or Willo either but I’d love to keep the rest.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Beattie…are you implying you’re not everyone’s best mate already? I find this hard to believe 🙂

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #8

    One thing that’s keeping me positive is that Pardew often refers to all his
    Players as ‘big’ players.

    So when he says we may loose our ‘big’ players he could mean Willo, Simmo and Best.

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    There can be only 1 best mate in this virtual forum and he lives in Ibiza

    Shucks… I’m blushing

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Seriously if we sign Debuchy and Giroud I’m turning to bat for the other team.

    In a none gay way they are hot!

    Wed have 4 dreamboays then. Cabaye, Debuchy, Giroud & Shane Ferguson

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  • aussietommo

    May 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Is he too expensive for us? I cant remember.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Find it amazing how many people wouldn’t be bother about losing Jonas. He’s such a hard worker and has great experience with the club and at international level, we need this experience with a new young squad. He’s just signed a new contract, plus what do you think we would get for him if we sold? I can’t imagine it’d be a great amount, so why lose him? Should he be a stater week in week out? That’s open to debate. He should definitely be in our squad

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  • Murray100

    May 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Giroud if i am right has a £13 million release clause!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Awww Beattie…you smooth talking b*st*rd. I bet you say that to all the bloggers 😉

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  • southerngeordie

    May 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Tweet from Demba:

    Demba Ba ? @dembabafoot
    What a great season we had. I’ll miss sjp and the atmosphere for few weeks. Cant wait to step back on the pitch and feel the noise again…

    Sounds promising

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  • southerngeordie

    May 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Literally just tweeted this 2mins ago

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  • aussietommo

    May 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #17

    Would be a nice addition to the squad.

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  • tomtoon7

    May 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Likin the sentiment 2nd comin. ur footy banter is top class shame u av a filthy mind in ur comebacks. I always get burmley&barnsley mixed up,but who cares,they’re both s***e.

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Swear to god I’m at work and this lad has just walked in and he’s the spit of Bendtner. Even got the same silly hat he always wears. It’s not him as this guy is a lot smaller and lacking the Danish accent but I want to punch him I’m his gut… What’s wrong with me??

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Transfer Central TNC ? @TransferNewsCen
    Newcastle United have sign Carlo Del Fava, duration and the money involved still a secret. -F

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  • Beattie25

    May 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Indian

    That’s for rugby you lovely foolish hero

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  • Tino99

    May 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #22

    YOU ARE A JOKER!!!! RUGBY

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  • aussietommo

    May 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    @ Beattie25 post !9, your only human mate. I got a lift home form a mate the other night and didnt realise till I got home he had a mackhems sticker hidden on the back window. I wanted to torch his car.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #24

    I got Conned

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  • jayphoto

    May 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Wouldn’t want giroud for what he’d cost! Watched Montpellier a fair bit, with the chances created he should have more goals than that! Belhanda on the other hand is an unbelievable talent who is definately leaving in the summer!

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  • Nick 69

    May 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Indian – Carlo Del Fava is a Rugby player, he’s jsut signed for the Falcons

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Indian, He’s a rugby player LOL

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #29

    I was DUPED

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #30

    JAMSHA U 2

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Reading between the lines Carlo Del Fava plays Rugby.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    May 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    Or maybe he’s Tiotes direct replacement?

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Maybe indian is on to something – Willo is pretty good at handling strikers but his grip is a bit weak. Maybe this egg-chaser is his replacement. Now a basketball player for those ‘hand of God’ goals….

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  • toonlad57

    May 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #34

    He signed for Newcastle falcons .

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    If he’s a penalty taker maybe he’s Pards secret Dead-ball specialist ? 🙂

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  • Tom4Nufc

    May 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Reading between the lines he’s Demba’s replace, cracking signing BA the fact he play’s rugby 😉

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #37

    ..one thing’s for sure he won’t be off to the ACoN. Oh wait, when’s the rugby world cup……

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Transfer Central TNC ? @TransferNewsCen
    Make a mistake with the Newcastle news… its a rugby news… sorry. 🙂 -F

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  • north east lincs toon

    May 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Beatie what your saying about tiote and Diame is they don’t look that fancy to watch but they do what it says on the tin and get the job done

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Indian – tell me you didn’t read that article jamsha posted ha ha ha. What didn’t strike you as weird? The Cech-type headgear? The long vertical white post in the background? The new team position of ‘Lock’? He he he. You nugget.:)

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