Yohan Cabaye has said once again that his big friend at Lille – Mathieu Debuchy – wants to join Newcastle United, and it’s not the first time he’s said that this summer.
Cabaye and Debuchy together during training at Euro 2012
It’s thought that Yohan’s close friendship with Mathieu, they played together at Lille for seven seasons before Yohan arrived on Tyneside last summer for a bargain €5M, has been a key factor in Newcastle’s pursuit of the French International right back this year.
And Alan Pardew said yesterday that he expected at least one new face through the door before next Sunday, and maybe even two, and Mathieu is expected to be one of those players coming in – we hope he’s one of those players coming in.
Newcastle may still get a good deal on Debuchy, but maybe need to go higher than what they signed Yohan for, but the effort to get this lad to Tyneside this summer has proved very difficult, very difficult indeed, for the Tyneside club.
Yohan has spoken to his pal a couple of days ago, and this is what he had to say to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“Mathieu has made a very difficult decision to leave Lille but he has made the decision,” Now I hope Newcastle push for Mathieu and I want them to do the deal.”
“I spoke with him two days ago and he told me he wants to come. I hope Derek and Mike Ashley will do the business.”
“He wants to play for Newcastle and I hope that he comes to Newcastle because, of course, he is my friend but also a very good player for Newcastle.”
Everything seems set up for Newcastle to get Debuchy now, after Lille signed right-back Djibril Sidibe last week from newly-promoted Ligue 1 club, Troyes, but these things seem to have a way of becoming very complex – especially when Newcastle are involved.
At some point we’d love to know what the truth is on why Newcastle have found it so difficult to get this lad to Newcastle, and then exactly how much we had to pay for him. All we really have over the summer of course are glorified guesses at what’s going on – that’s a fact.
But getting Debuchy to Newcastle could break the log-jam for Newcastle, and Vurnon Anita of Ajax is another player thought to be close to joining Newcastle.
And 19 year-old Melbourne Heart center-back Curtis Good is expected to sign along the dotted line for around £400K this week.
We hope the signing of Curtis is one of a number of signings Newcastle can make over the next couple of weeks, as we’re into August on Wednesday, and our first game against Tottenahm is a short two weeks come Saturday.