Robert Pires, the former Arsenal great, has done Newcastle a favor today, by speaking to the French media about Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy, and he advises the 26 year-old to join Newcastle, which he says are on of England’s top clubs.
Mathieu Debuchy – urged to join top club Newcastle
Debuchy has been a Newcastle target all year, and the club have put at least one bid in for around €5M, which is £4M, but Lille manager Rudi Garcia rejected that bid out of hand.
And there was an improved bid reported to have been made about a week ago, but we wonder if Newcastle have indeed gone in with a second improved offer.
But with Debuchy now back from holiday, we could definitely see Newcastle go back in and try to get the top French full-back to Newcastle, very soon now.
The news is that they want £6M, and an 8M fee has also been mentioned, but we think that could be €8M, which is around £6.3M with today’s exchange rate.
The former French International winger Pires played at Arsenal from 2000 through 2006, and was at Aston Villa briefly from 2010 through last year, when Frenchman Gérard Houllier was the Villa manager.
This is what Pires told Le 10 Sport:
“He has a game which really suits the Premier League with his speed. He also has such an attacking game, but is very aggressive in defense.” “If I have any advice to give him, it would be to try his luck in England.”
“It does not really surprise me that English clubs are interested in him. Newcastle would be a very good club for him because he would find his friends Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa.”
“Also, they are one of the top English clubs, with a history and a beautiful stadium. For him and the rest of his career, they would be a nice stepping stone.”
Those are good words from Robert and very true of course.
Newcastle have already missed out on their top striker target Luuk de Jong, who seems to want to join German club Borussia Monchengladbach, so the way we look at that, is that he’s just not the right player for Newcastle.
We only want players who want to come to Tyneside, and from all accounts that’s what Yohan Cabaye’s friend Debuchy wants to do, and we are hoping he will be on Tyneside shortly, and hopefully by this time next week.
What do you think?