Debuchy Moves To Newcastle – But Only In His Dreams

There’s a report in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today that says Mathieu Debuchy had not given up on his dream move to Newcastle United, and will instruct his representatives to try to get the deal done in January.

Mathieu Debuchy – still wants move to Newcastle

However, there’s also news today that Newcastle may go after Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the French International, who is a free agent next summer, and also FC Twente’s Douglas, who also becomes a free agent next summer, and both players could be picked up for peanuts in January.

And with those players only 23 and 24 respectively, and Debuchy now 27, we’d be surprised if Newcastle will be willing to pay out over £6M now for Mathieu, although we had hoped he would arrive in the summer.

Debuchy is currently out of action for Lille, after he injured his ankle playing for France against Uruguay in their 0-0 draw in that friendly that took place in August, just three days before the Premier League started up, with Newcastle beating Tottenham 2-1 at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle had though they had reached an agreement on the transfer price with Lille (reported to be around £6.3M) in the summer, only for Lille to move the goalposts, and that not surprisingly has put Newcastle off negotiating with Lille for the player.

But it seems that Debuchy is still keen on a move to Newcastle in January, but we have to think the chances of that happening are very slim.

Of course Mathieu is extra keen to join Newcastle, because his best pal Yohan Cabaye is at the club, and Yohan’s star has risen significantly since he arrived on Tyneside, and Yohan is now one of France’s best players.

But Debuchy may dream of a move to Newcastle – who wouldn’t – but we don’t think it will happen now.

What do you think?

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15 comments so far

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Too old I’m afraid, especially with a 6-7M transfer fee.

    Lots of younger FB’s available for smaller fees.

    Shame Debuchy would have worked well with HBA down our right hand side.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle are a magnificent club, but rather one for the initiated. It’s odd that I keep hearing it as being described as his dream move.

    Dream move for us more like. I’ve had my heart set on it for about 6 months. I’m not sure I can take much more of it.

  • Tommyy

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Got to agree with Jawball, I doubt we are a dream move for any player that isn’t a Newcastle fan tbh.
    Above average midtable club (one good season last season doesn’t qualify as as a true top 6) , fairly moderate wages, not much visible ambition money wise, no real cup winning history of note in any players lifetime, brief skirmish with Europe on a few occasions.
    Our great assets are fan base, stadium and city.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Ah, that’s right, I forgot, the French have been somewhat smitten with us since Ginola sparkled for “The Entertainers.”

    We’re more revered on the other side of the channel apparently.

  • Tommyy

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s nice being the underdogs though, I’d hate to support the same team as every single glory hunter in the land. Most of them know nothing about football anyway.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Have you been listening to that song – ‘I’ll be home for Christmas’ Ed?

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 13, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Great kit too, Tommy! I think it might be our finest asset.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Can no one else see the benefit of not buying some of these players in the summer and swooping in January for a smaller fee (Much like with Cisse)?

    I appreciate many feel let down by the summers activities, but that doesn’t mean we wont be bringing in any players, does it? We may not have got what we want, but we did bring people in.

    Manage your own expectations by all means.

  • Kyo

    Sep 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Not buying in the summer is silly. It’s a huge gamble on the first half of the season. If you’re fighting for scraps and knocked out of all competitions before January then good luck buying anyone.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10


  • HullMag6

    Sep 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #11

    If he wants it so bad, MATTHIEU PUT A TRANSFER REQUEST IN. Otherwise you’re all talk.

  • deeeeeeano

    Sep 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Who is he? What’s he like?

  • wynsleap

    Sep 13, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza @ 8 – Understand your point but if we only buy players in the January window each time (when we get them cheaper), instead of the summer window when we really need them for the start of the season, that means we’ll always have to ‘make do’ with what we have for every half season. We’ll then only ever have the team we REALLY want (or should have) for half a season each time? (If you get my drift).

  • davis_toons

    Sep 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    We will not get him, His club owner is a stubborn person as he have said.

    So is MA, the club owner.

    Unless he puts in a transfer request or else it will be very hard.

  • Charlietoon

    Sep 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #15

    I do love looking back on this and remembering all the Real Madrid talk that came out right near the end of the window. Saying a price of $7mill had been agreed and practically advertising that if we bid $7 mill as well he’d come to us. Obviously a rumour put out by Lille and one that was completely false. They would have been having a big laugh about that in the board room at Lille if we’d have paid so I for one am glad Ashley did not fold. Sometimes it is hard to take as a fan but I do believe these decision will help strengthen the club over time and give us a no bu11sh1t reputation in the transfer market in the future.


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