Newcastle Linked With French International Midfielder


There is news in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle has made an enquiry about Malaga defensive midfielder, Jeremy Toulalan, who has played 36 times for France.



But one thing that immediately stands out is the player’s age, which is 28, and usually Newcastle want to sign players who are under the age of 26.

And defensive midfielder is not really one of the weaknesses of  the Newcastle squad, although both central midfielders Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie have left Newcastle on free transfers this summer.

But the form of both 19 year Mehdi Abeid and new boy 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana from Coventry has been very good in pre-season for Newcastle, and they could back up Cheick Tiote, Newcastle’s number one choice defensive midfielder.

And Newcastle have also been linked this summer with Ajax’s Vurnon Anita,. who played defensive midfield last season for the Dutch Champions, so there are some questions about how accurate this report is.

Toulalan joined Malaga last summer from Lyon,  and his former French club are said to be interested in signing the 28-year-old, and his Spanish club  Malaga are also in financial troubles, and must sell to help them balance their books, and maybe Newcastle are interested, in case they can get a good deal on the player?

Malaga did very well on the field last season and finished fourth in La Liga, and even qualified for the Champions League, but they have spent money they didn’t have (that’s unusual), and the club are in some financial peril at the moment.

But the transfer fee Malaga paid to Lyon last summer for the midfielder was £10m (no wonder they are in financial distress) and there’s just no way Newcastle would pay anywhere near that figure for Toulalan,  especially when we have some great youngsters coming through the ranks.

For the record, Toulalan played 201 games while at Lyon with one goal, and played 25 times with 3 goals for Malaga last season.

We cannot believe there’s much truth to this story at all.

What do you think?

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56 comments so far

  • woody92

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #1

    first

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  • nufc786

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #2

    not sure about this……

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #3

    He ain’t no Scharner, that’s all I have to say on this topic.

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  • Conaldo

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #4

    First
    Second
    Third
    Wait, I don’t actually give a f@ck, as I’m not a
    Socially deprived mutant child that feeds on pigeons.
    Oh wait…

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  • Conaldo

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Ibiza …
    I know he aint bud and that’s something we’re all going to have to deal with. We’re here for you.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Conaldo…Well, it’s your loss. Pigeons are lovely.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Cheers bud. The real pain is it’s going to cost me a fortune flying over to catch all of his games this season. I had already booked my flights to Newcastle, ordered a season ticket the works. Oh well, he’s worth it in the end.

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  • Conaldo

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Ibiza, I prefer rats to be honest, but my great-great-grandfather was scouse so that explains that.

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  • woody92

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Conaldo, go to bed, it’s past your bed time.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #10

    For the love of God, if a single journalist bothered to take the time to look at what we are doing/have done at the club over the past few years they would see that even Debuchy at 27 is pushing the age thing a bit for us, and as for us after another defensive midfielder, sorry Mr. Journalist, but we have enough of them and are looking to strengthen elsewhere FFS

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #11

    The scousers and their rats…no wonder Suarez is so loved around there 🙂

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Would love Toulan he’s still a great player and very comfy on the ball, if he’s cheap he’ll be a great addition for europa games.
    Can’t wait to watch the match tomorrow, then off to Hartlepool away on the 7th woo

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  • Beardsleys Love Child

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Jesus wept

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  • Conaldo

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Woody. Says the guy trying to achieve something by posting “first” on a blog…

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #15

    Gateshead-4-3-5under1and Hahahaha

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #16

    woody…But it is Friday night!

    JB….Ease up mate. They’re just trying to do their job. The poor guys. It’s not like there’s any major sporting event to report on at the moment.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Nonsense. Our midfield signing will be Anita a rising star .

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #18

    If I could spell Toulalan properly might have helped..

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Magpies…First team game?

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Woody the comment “first” says the age difference haha bless

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  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza – Sorry mate, just have a deep loathing for lazy arsed reporters with a massive imagination and little common sense 🙁

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  • naptoon

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #22

    wasted … been skimming thru other threads looks like nowt exciting been happenin… debuch saga opens new chapta …. pl confirms its gonna take up wot we be doin 4 ages … no chance on this … but anyone wud do at the mo.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #23

    JB…No apologies needed mate. They are an absolute joke 🙂

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  • RobertNufc25

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Thanks everybody for telling me about the new article…

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Naptoon, still a while yet to get Debuchy 😉
    I’m pretty confident of signing him tbh

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Robert…You seemed busy directing. Never disturb a man “in the zone”…oooo…..INZ people. Forget your ITK’s we now have our very own INZ.

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  • naptoon

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #27

    ameobi … hope so.

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #28

    What will our u21 team be?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Should we tell nufc786??? 🙂

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Ibiza, why isit that your posts crease me? Its not healthy man!
    Off for the night, let’s hope some signing tomorrow, hopes are high!!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #31

    I would like to wish Joey Barton good luck for his time at Fleetwood Town (wipe’s tear’s of laughter from eye’s) but please try to remember that stubbing a cigar out in someone’s eye, or battering a team mate or member of the opposition is still not allowed in the lower leagues

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  • Beardo Ameobi

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #32

    AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • nufc786

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #33

    debuchy saga will drag on but quite a bit of days left so we cant rule out anything yet……

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  • RobertNufc25

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #34

    I was left there all alone,It was lonely..

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Alnwick
    Tav – Good – ? -Drummet (Have I got that right?)
    Biggy – Abeid
    Amfo – Fergie
    Sammi – Ermmm…it’s late, you know, whats his name *Jesus Wept Once Again*

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  • nufc786

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #36

    not even tht messi transfer still pending…… im pretty sure thts over the line…… 🙂

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Beardo, need mum?

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  • nufc786

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #38

    RobertNufc25
    hey i was there…… but then again yeah it was lonely 🙁

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Adam Campbell?!

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  • nufc786

    Aug 3, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Beardo Ameobi
    its a small world after all…………

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