Newcastle Interested In Top French Center-Back?


We reported last Wednesday that Paris-Saint Germain’s top class defender Mamadou Sakho was available, after his French club said they would let him leave in the summer.

Mamadou Sakho – top young PSG defender

Sakho lost his place in the first team towards the end of last season, and he is looking for first team football, and if he cannot regain his place he would rather leave for first team opportunities elsewhere.

The current PSG and former Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti,  is trying to bring in a new center-back, so lets hope he’s not too interested in a certain 6’4″ Brazilian called Douglas, at FC Twente.

When Sakho was made available, the news is that Newcastle were immediately informed of the status of the 9 times capped French International, although we think he could be a little expensive for Newcastle.

This lad is highly rated and probably worth close to £10M, but the fee last summer was said top be £15M when a number of top clubs were said to be interested in signing him.

Sakho doesn’t turn 23 until next February, and he has played for all the French Youth sides from U16 through U21, and he has played for the full France side 5 times, and the 6’2″ Paris-born player can play at either center-back or left back.

He’s obviously a talented player,  but there’s probably better value elsewhere – like £5M for 24 year-old 6’4″ FC Twente center-back Douglas as one example.

But we don’t feel too confident about Newcastle getting Douglas to Newcastle in late August.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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37 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    As i said if we signed him

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  • Colo-Sus

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Wont happen, move on

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes please.

    Colo-sus have you seen this guys stats on FM?

    Ibiza I cannot even remember my own detective name. It feels so long ago. I swear this transfer window makes time move slower! It’s like bullet time in the matrix only less exciting

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #4

    “It’s like bullet time in the matrix only less exciting” – Beautiful Beattie….just beautiful.

    You’re officially the blogs poet figure.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #5

    2+2=10, wud be a great signing, same old ed, publishing made up pap!!!!

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Thanks Ibiza

    It means a lot to see my work get the recognition it so rightfully deserves.

    Maybe in time when people look back on this blog my artistic flair will be looked upon with such envy that only Van Gough can draw a parallel. Hated in life, loved in death.

    I’m going to cut off somebodies ear because I am too scared to lop off my own lobe.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    darren…”made up pap”….how can a question like “Newcastle Interested In Top French Center-Back?” be made up? It is a question put out there to inspire discussion, views, etc.

    Might be unlikely, but ease up

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  • cabayeclass7

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Although I think this would be a great signing.. I’m realistic and don’t believe it will happen. I think we will sign Douglas, if not I think we will sign someone we haven’t been linked with

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  • FAU

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d prefer Sakho over Douglas alot,

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  • cabayeclass7

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Can I claim to be ITK even tho I’m not? Debuchy in by Saturday haha

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    @darrenfletcher88 people like you do my head in! I work in online journalism so let me explain to you how it works. If Ed hears a story about Newcastle of course he is going to report it on his blog…THAT’S HIS JOB!!!! By doing so we then click on the link etc and he gets lots of page impressions and unique users. The result of that is, with any luck, advertisers want to PAY to have their advert on Ed’s blog and therefore he can AFFORD to keep offering us a brilliant service FREE OF CHARGE. If you don’t like what he’s doing then simply don’t come on here but posting a comment critiquing HIS blog is just rude. He does an amazing job with this blog and the fact that most posts gain a lot of ‘comments’ relating to the STORY highlights this. If you have nothing of interest to say I suggest you keep quiet.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Beattie…I’m pretty sure that would leave people with the memory of “you remember that crazy b*st*rd who cut off someones ear”….but maybe worth a go 🙂

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  • estechco

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ll probably get slated, but I thought he looked a bit clumsy from the DennisWiseTube clip posted a few days back?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Shearer! Shearer! Shearer!

    Or should it be Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Oh no he didn’t!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry i am with Darren

    It is made up “Pap”

    What ed does it right but you and i Both know what chronicle and lee ryder are all about

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    won’t happen. he’ll probably end up with Bayern or 1 of Europe elites. now for some realistic transfers please.. getting frustrated.

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    @Indian

    90% of the transfer target speculation is made up pap m8, but it gives us something to talk about

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  • ToonAndy

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    What about—

    ————————KRUL——————–

    SANTON–TAYLOR—COLLO–SAKHO

    ————DEBUCHY—-TIOTE———–

    BEN ARFA—–CABAYE—-MAVEAUX

    ———————CISSE——————–

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Big pappa Cisse

    some more belivable than the others

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Pap? Don’t be daft. The title of the article says it all.

    A good young centre back has become available, and no doubt his agents will have been in touch with Newcastle and it’s well known we’re looking for someone in that position.

    So the article headline is a question mark…are we interested? I’d be very surprised if we spent £10M on this lad.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Indian magpie!!! Thanks, am not arguing with anyone, but I’ve just seen ribery in costa coffee in town he told me he’s signing up because he’s French come on lads, 99% 0f storys are rubbish, god I wish they were true but most of the time people make up crap without any concrete info!!!!!!!! And for u super shearer ed Is a legend but get ya tongue out of his bum, lick lick

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Darren

    Hence the word speculation, you should know by now most players we sign are bolts out of the blue and very little is heard until they are at the training ground, Cabaye being the exeption that is.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jul 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #23

    That’s what I mean, people actually make money out of making things up!! God is there out going???

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Articles like this pose questions for fans to post on and debate. If you don’t like the article, simply don’t read it or don’t post any comments.

    There’s a site for reading official Newcastle United news, it’s called the Newcastle United website

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  • Incentino

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #25

    This guy is so good that he is better value than Douglas at any price.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #26

    Sakho wud be a great signing, do we not think Taylor wud save us 5-10 mill only if he cud stay fit???

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #27

    Saylor wouldn’t be happy if Sakho was signed for £10M. Surely he would expect to start if signed for that amount?

    Would rather spend less money on getting someone to push hard with Saylor, with Big Mike as 4th choice. Keep the rest for strengthening elsewhere.

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  • HullMag6

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Sakho rather than Douglas erm yes please. We’d still need the cover whether Saylor was fit or not. Bookings, injuries and fixture pile ups.

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  • Eyeball81

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Something with a ‘?’ at the end is a question…as many others have stated. At no point has ed stated newcastle are interested in Sakho he simply questioned are we?…could we be? Low and behold the question has done its job we are now debating the subject matter…leave your small minded quotes off the blog unless you have something of interest to say.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #30

    About whether or not Sakho would be the better buy compared to Douglas does depend on what PSG would want for the player does it not?

    I am no expert, but from what I have seen of Douglas and heard (not on this blog though) he’s not a £ 10 mil player on any day and with his contract running surely £ 5 mil is not that well spend.

    Sakho was a £ 15 mil player at least before he fell down the picking order at PSG (most say I have not idea why), so if we could him for less than £ 8 mil. I would say he’s the better buy of the two.

    Plus I rate him higher than Douglas and Sakho is more versatile. Again more value for your money.

    …guess the question would PSG sell; it is not like they need the money.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31

    * running out

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  • geordie157

    Jul 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #32

    If Douglas is 5 mill and say Sakho is 10 mill then Sakho is the better option.

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Sakho would be a great buy – at a reasonable price (and salary).

    I’m against the neggers on Ed’s title – nowt wrong with it, with the ? at the end.

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  • WayAyeCabaye

    Jul 9, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Been reading for a year now and decided to get involved in the banter. I say get him signed up. He may cost considerably more than Douglas but he is twice the player and has four times the potential, and being french also helps. Wages might be a stumbling block.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #35

    I would personally sign:

    Sakho/Aldereweild – £6-8m
    Debuchy – £6m
    Cissokho – £6m
    Hoilett – Free
    Anita – £6M
    Luuk De Jong – £11m
    Guidetti or Lukaku on loan
    Michael Dawson or Seb Bassong on loan

    Total expenditure = £35m

    It’s a real shame that Vertonghen and Sigurdsson have gone to Spurs. We need to get some of these alleged signings over the line.

    Think Aldereweild and Sakho are more exciting defenders than Douglas.

    If we are going to deploy Debuchy as a right-winger, then signing Cissokho is a must.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Hopefully Swansea or Reading will pay £1.5m for Williamson and also around £2.5m for Simpson.

    Gosling, Obertan and Sammi Ameobi should be loaned to Blackburn.

    Abeid and Vuckic will be needed as squad players.

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  • geordiejamie89

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #37

    He’s much better than Douglas, however what are Newcastle’s targets. If Newcastle equal or better last season, and reach the group stages, then I think forking out for a good young CB as a signing to last, would be value for money.

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