News in the Newcastle Journal today that the club’s top Chief Scout Graham Carr will fly out to the Euro 2012 tournament this week, to make a personal check on Newcastle number one target, Mathieu Debuchy.
Mathieu Debuchy waits to give press interview last week at Euro 2012
There was news over the weekend that Newcastle were moving to try to secure the French International right-back, since his performances for France have already attracted bigger clubs like Chelsea, but the Newcastle bid of €5M was turned down by his club, Lille.
That’s how much his pal Cabaye cost Newcastle, but the club did that deal completely under the radar screen, and it seems that Debuchy’s performances art Euro 2012 may have wrecked Newcastle’s hopes of getting this player on the cheap.
Inter-Milan have also been reported to have made an initial inquiry about the player, but Newcastle believe Mathieu’s preference to come to Newcastle will see the Magpies be ultimately successful, in their bid for the top full-back. We hope so.
With Newcastle also in a much better financial position than just twelve months ago, the Newcastle hierarchy believe they can offer the 26 year-old a very decent financial package, which will at least double the wages he is getting at the former French Champions.
Debuchy is very much like Yohan Cabaye, and he is a down-to-earth family man with a young 5 year-old son Lucas, and maybe Yohan’s description of life at Newcastle could sway his French International colleague.
Carr will travel to Poland and Ukraine to watch him play next week, assuming that France make it through to the quarter final stages of the tournament tomorrow night.
Football Secretary Lee Charnley is also due back in the UK today from vacation, and Newcastle will start getting serious about some of their transfer targets later this week, and it seems that Debuchy is the number one priority at the moment.
If Newcastle can get Debuchy to Tyneside, it would abe a terrific first major signing for the club this summer, and it seems that Newcastle are still fairly confident they can do just that.