Newcastle Target Drops Hint – He’s Interested

26-year-old Mathieu Debuchy has said that he would like to play in England.

Mathieu Debuchy – would like to play in Premier League

The Lille right-back scored his first ever International goal five minutes into the second half of the home game against Iceland last Sunday, and that started France’s comeback from two goals down at the half,  to finally winning the game with a couple of late goals.

That was his 4th cap for France, and Mathieu was included yesterday in Larent Blanc’s final squad of 23, along with Newcastle’s Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye, and all three could start against England in their first game in Euro 2012, a week on Monday.

Mathieu knows there are a number of English clubs after him this summer, including Newcastle, and he talked yesterday about wanting to play in the top English league:

Debuchy had this to say at the French training camp,  just south-west of Paris:

“I would really like to, why not, go and see what it is like to play for a club abroad.”  “Other leagues please me as well, but I really like the English style.”

“However, I don’t know any more than that, I haven’t discussed anything with my club.”  “For the moment I am preparing for the Euro and I will leave my agents to deal with such matters.”

“If I stay at Lille, I will be happy as well.”

Diplomatic words from the French international, who is a good friend of Yohan Cabaye, and he combined well  with Newcastle’s Ben Arfa down the right wing  against Iceland last Sunday night.

Lille qualified for the Champions League for next season for the second season running, but have said they will not stand in the way of their long serving player, who has 288 appearances  with 17 goals for Lille, over eight seasons.

But other clubs like Manchester United are also said to be interested in the Frenchman, and maybe the fee – anywhere from £6M to £8M  according to reports – could put Newcastle off, especially if  other interested clubs drive the price up.

And the Magpies could turn to Crystal Palace 21 year-old right back, Nathaniel Clyne – who would become a cheaper option.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • MacToon

    May 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Would be a good signing imo but not gonna hold my breath.

  • PontiusLee

    May 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    please debuchy, come to newcastle.
    up the league we go!

  • archaeomag

    May 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Good plan; Lets try to recruit the whole French national team!

  • out of toon

    May 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    i think we’d all welcome him with open arms.

  • archaeomag

    May 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Fancy a laugh:
    This is Carroll showing off his quick thinking and decision making skills

  • sirtoongospel

    May 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Would be a super signing for us. On another note, If Demba Ba leaves, then so be it. The 4-3-3 which suits us best doesn’t suit him, and he was clearly not a happy chap when Papiss was scoring for fun……..which WILL continue next season.

    Surely it is better for us to have a none african striker to replace him, so we aren’t as short when the ACON comes around???

    De Jong looks super, but I have to say I really like Rodriguez, young, talented, wages won’t be an issue. Could be a great player.

  • indian

    May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Indian…isn’t anil ambani a newcastle fan? tried to buy d club a few times too…would be like our own Roman abramovich 😀

  • FatmanJoe

    May 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Rodriguez off to the saints.

    Another striker is a must though. 2 if demba leaves!

  • Klatoon

    May 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #9

    I would really hate NUFC if i were a Lille supporter right now 🙂

  • out of toon

    May 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Fatman – you’re right. 2 strikers to replace Ba and best/loven

    De Jong is the big hope. There are plenty of bargain buys around tho.

    Correct me if i’m wrong, we’ll only scoop about 3.5mil from a 7mil Ba deal?
    Wonder what Mashley would be willing to put up for another new striker?

  • Swede

    May 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Let the management develop the club as they see fit. The youth will become more important next year. Sell the players that wanna go to outrageous prices. All players are replaceable, and if you get money in carroll status for them. You will develop the squad. I saw a note that most of the squad cost about 20 million. while Carroll was sold for 35. Have 15 mikkion for the youth development program. That is a good business anywhere. I say we put the trust in the guys and MA for a change. He knows business and Pardew knows football so let them do their work HWTL….

  • Indian Magpie

    May 30, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #12



  • lewytoon

    May 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    has anyone saw the sun website, adam johnson wants to quit man city and us, sunderland and totenham may move for him.

  • David

    May 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #14

    We need to consider the fact that Demba Ba looks to be a likely player to leave, Lovenkrands is leaving, Sammy is learning, Shola is a sub and our team will be stretched with the European Cup.

    We need to be looking at stikers early instead of snatching one or two right at the Transfer Window deadline.

  • David

    May 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Also, will there be another ACoN this year? Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 30, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Fatman as much as i liked rodriguez no way was the lad worth nearly £7 million!

    No wonder ppl dont butly english players anymore!

    Also does any1 know if we recieve payments for andy carroll through international caps??

  • FatmanJoe

    May 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Lewytoon – angers me when these English lads move to big teams and then sit on the bench. It’s Chelsea all over again with Parker, Glen Johnson etc

    Having said that – doubt very much we could afford Johnson. I’d love it! Him and Richards would solve a lot of our problems but both on high wages so doubt it will happen.

  • FatmanJoe

    May 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Yeah there’s another Acon. Don’t kno about carroll’s caps but I doubt even Liverpool would be that stupid seen as he got his first cap with us and was certain to get more within 5 years. But kenny likes spending money so possibly…

  • FrankfurtMag

    May 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    ACoN is a yearly thing unfortunately. Our earning potential has dropped rapidly now that blind Kenny has been sacked 🙁 Seems like Demba is off. If we could get a decent out and out winger like Johnson it wouldn’t be a big loss.

  • newcastle29

    May 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #20

    The ACoN is played every two years! There is however another one this year as they want to swap to odd years so it does’nt clash with other comps.

  • Ketsbaia9

    May 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21

    We don’t really need a right-back. We have Santon, Raylor, Perch, Tavernier and Saylot who can play there, whereas at left-back we just have Santon.

  • Ketsbaia9

    May 30, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #22

    I’d take Yann M’villa, Cissokho, Marvin Martin and Giroud from France.

  • TakingThePapiss

    May 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Is he actually coming?? Apparently Lille want 8m, something we, apparently, aren’t able to match.

  • HKTP

    May 31, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Would be a brilliant signing for us, would link well with Ben Arfa down the right. Gives us much more balance.

    It wouldnt bother me too much if Ba left, I know strikers are greedy but fair few times in the 2nd half of the season he would shoot from 35yards rather than putting someone through for a straightforward 1-1. We need someone like Hoilett or Adam Johnson on the left side of our three attackers. Would love Johnson but think he would be too expensive. De Jong is a good player but he would be vying for the Cisse’s role, Im not sure Cisse would be good on the left side.Similar story to Ba. As for our upcoming striker, I think we could put some faith in Sammy Ameobi, he looks the part so far.

  • Neun78

    Jun 1, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #25

    cisse is a newcastle player to january because no player can play for 3different teams in a year, he has played for freiburg and newcastle so far


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