Newcastle Could Bring In Two Of Their Three French Targets

With Newcastle struggling in the league this season, and with our squad obviously not big enough to be competing in Europe this season, it’s not too surprising there are a lot of stories about Newcastle looking to bring in players during the January transfer window.

Loic Remy – Marseilles striker would cost a bit

And in CalcioMercato yesterday, there was a report that Newcastle were lining up three players in the French League to bring to Tyneside in January.

And those players identified were Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, Moussa Sissoko of Toulouse, and Marseilles striker Loic Remy, who Newcastle were first linked with back in 2008.

Newcastle tried to bring Mathieu Debuchy in over the summer, but wouldn’t pay the fee Lille were asking at the time, but it could be that the French club have softened their stance on a player who has played for the Lille first team since 2004, and would cost around £6M.

Loic Remy is a talented player, but he would cost quite a bit to bring in from Marseilles, where he has a contract there until 2015 and cost around €15M when he was transferred from Nice to Marseilles a couple of years ago.

And we don’t think Newcastle would pay nowhere near that amount, even for a 25 year-old, so we don’t really see how Newcastle can get this player on Tyneside, he looks to be too expensive.

Moussa Sissoko is a different case, and his contract runs out in the summer, and maybe a £2M bid in January would allow Toulouse to get something for their central midfielder, and not lose him for nothing in the summer. But there are also other big clubs interested in acquiring the French International.

Of these three we think it’s plausible that Newcastle could bring in both Debuchy and Sissoko, but we also need reinforcements at striker and at center-back, and we would hope some deal can be done to strengthen those positions too, but that may be difficult to get so many players in during the January transfer window..

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #1

    ian,, hello and welcome

    honestly a great reply,

    my dislike for pardew is not based on things i have read but my owen obsevations, in which i try to back up with stuff i try and find from the net

    however, based on what i have seen in 2 years from the guy i believe my first judgment was a correct one

    since the day he came i have not seen many good footballing matches, i have some of the best bits of skill from a player, but i have not seen many team performances
    this is all subjective to any one individual, as one might like defensive some might like wingers some like 433 and some like 442,
    me i like attacking football

    firstly CH, i said right at the begining, he would not be my choice, but i was willing to give him a chance, as we where not in a position to say hey jose you wana join my gang, if you know what i mean, my reason for not wanting CH was down to the fact he had never really maneged before, but i tell you what ,, that guy will alway be a top manager for me, a gentilman

    now pardew,, wiki might not be 100% but i tell you what the positions he finished in are corect on there, and well documented all over the web, he gets teams to play offs a lot, , thats just ok, nothing great
    he finished 9th in his first season at west ham, ok they got relegated the season after even if he was not the guy to take them down he sent them on there way,

    now if you take last season and this season, and dont look at the table,, for most of the matches, we played like a team that was in the bottom half of the table, and every week ppl said look at the table , look we are good, no one talked about how we played well as a team as we never played as a team, many moments f magic, iliverpool and chelsea both helped our position,,

    i sit and watch him move players around the pitch as if he is playing chess claudio got slated for this at chelsea, tinker man

    jonas is and never will be a DMC

    aita has played DMC RB LB

    does it make him a good coach because he can move a player around the pitch,, and most of the time to what affect?
    take swansea game, simpson goes off, fine
    why move santon from LB TO RB anita to LB from DMC to brin bigi on??
    i could understand simpson and anita to a degree, why not just sub anita for bigi 2 DMC players fresh legs
    why was santon moved, wich please watch the goal, anita was no where at LB, how often does he train there??
    that was just 1 of many crazy subs used by pardew that has no way of explaining
    he was trying to win the game so he made a defensive change

    the fulham game last year, i was in england with friends, first half not bad, secnd half we got hit by the same goal nearly every time, we could see it yet he couldnt,,

    sorry, the guy is not good enough and never will be,

    and ps i will not be the fan that says i told you so,, it hurts to much, he is killing my team, he is no better than JFK, JFK kept wimblton in the prem for many years with his shit football,, i hope we dont have 8 more years of this,

  • toonLYF

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #2

    some fcker needs to ‘step up to the plate’. How much longer can we depend on Hatem and Demba?

    By the looks of it we’ll be lucky to start a total of 10 games this season with our first 11, due to Cabaye coming back to see Cheick leaving for ACON, probably within the same week.

    Come back Perchy! Anita or Bigi don’t really fill me with confidence in the centre of midfield just yet. Perch//Cabaye is alot more solid looking.

    Any more suspensions or injuries and my head will explooood.

    – On Remy…never looked THAT good when i’ve watched him to be honest. Fairly injury prone as far as i know. Better options out there for the price imo.

  • Spellcheck

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Catchy you are like a broken record,always bangin on with the negativity. Give it a rest will you!!!!!!!!

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    errr ok


  • ginkoh

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Cissokho will be steal if we can

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Catchy- Pardew selected Perch at CD with Saylor in absence of Coloccini in opening fixture against Spurs. He realised that Spurs were playing with only Defoe up front. Perch played very well . The media pre match had all indicated a starting line up with Williamson at

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Ian Toon

    out of all that,, the least important thing , perch you choose to comment on,,

    when our main point was pardew and why i dislike him

  • toonLYF

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #8

    …and on Sissoko – buying him would give us the best 3 man midfield in the league, easily.

    Balanced, specialised and cultured.

    Cabaye – The Genius
    Tiote – The Aggressor
    Sissoko – The Driver

    Although we’ll have to cough up more than 2m, even though he’s out of contract at the end of the season. Other sides will be bidding in January you can bet your house on it. 7-8m would be a steal for this lad, trust me.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Rehash of rumours, nothing more.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    8 toonLYF
    i agree, great player,,

    how much do you think pardew will get to spend?

    im thinkng 10 million ish

    he needs 3 players min,

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #11

    it wont happen anyway,,

    bigger and better clubs will be after him

    even if he has a low price tag, our wages wont compete with most other clubs ,
    im not saying we are wrong to have this cap, its great,, but it can limit the players you want, as most forieng players see england as a money pit . name your price

  • toonLYF

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #12


    £10m sounds about right, but as has been said before, if the right player is available, for what MA considers to be the right price. I have confidence that he will get them over the line.

    Just look back to Papiss.

    Sissoko + a defender (be it full back or centre back) would be a fantastic window imo…but hey, lets not get started on transfer speculation. There’s not enough paracetamol in the world for us all 🙂

  • tarie4

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #13

    catchy in norway

    some interesting points there. But you have to remember most managers willing to take us on won’t have good records, eg what has Martinez achieved etc etc.

    Dnt look at pards record before Newcastle, look at his record AT NEWCASTLE!!
    I beg you to be reasonable mate, U shud balance out ur views, not only does it help U prove ur point, but it makes u come across as a reasonable person.

    Now pards might have his faults as a manager, but he does have his positives. Like U mention his tactics are sometimes strange, like the example U gave, but another person will say he did get his tactics right against Chelsea away, stoke away etc.

    Another example is pards role at the club. Since he came in, everything has gone up. (now U said the other day, that there hasn’t been an improvement from CH to AP) (which U still haven’t explained to me what U meant by that??)
    Now all the talk is about the football and not too much about the back office I.e stability.

    Now as U can see, there are positives and there are negatives. So its not all doom and gloom.
    U have to be patience and wait till the season is over turn evaluate. Not after there has been only 12\13 odd games.

    But i guess patience is one virtue U do not possess (refer to U comment on the tym U would give a new manager to turn things around I.e 2 weeks 😉

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Catchy- I was at the Fulham game when we conceded 5 second half goals. It really was a game of two halves- we led 1-0 up to h/t and had bossed the game. Second half a dubious penalty from bearly any contact on Duff. Subs were made Pardew pulled off Guthrie for I think perch to bolster midfield. It was a disaster largely from usual suspects that. Pardew has been looking to upgrade Simpson and Williamson. I bet you were cheering in the first half though.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #15

    tarie4 – I beg you to be reasonable – some hope!!!!
    Catchy- Only kidding Catchy don’t listen to what they are all saying about you your alright mate. Are we going to Qualify on Thursday for knock out stage of Europa? That would be cause for celebration. Ooh it’s fun being optimistic!!

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #16

    More chance of me winning the lottery two saturdays on the trot.

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Infact there’s more chance of Catchy asking Pardew to marry him. 🙂

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Catchy@7 – How many different ways do I have to spell it out?
    I don’t share your view of Pardew. He’s doing a good job in very difficult circumstances. I believe our season will pick up. He is not tactically niave . Let’s wait and see. It’s not a case of QED on a mathematical theorem.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Belfast….May have stumbled across the main reason for Catchys dislike of Pardew there… p*ss off you waste of space (Belfast not catchy).

  • croftus5678

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #20

    hehehe love it guys well said

  • toonLYF

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza – is there any room on that fence of yours? This negative NUFC mindset i’ve gotten myself into this week is killing me. I’m the worst negger of all time.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Surely it’s time for Pardew to make changes to our formation against Southampton though? Not another attempt at 4-4-2 please! Go Surely we need Ben Arfa’s skill behind Ba in a 4-4-1-1 or go all out with Ba on the left, Cisse in the middle and Ben Arfa on the right. Put Tiote and Jonas in CM with Anita and the usual back 4. Please try something different Pardew and not too many youngsters (if any).

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #23

    LYF….For you mate, I will always make room 🙂

    Have noticed you’re a lot more frustrated lately. Are you starting to feel we have been mislead completely or is it just disappointment with the current results / performances?

  • toonLYF

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #24


    Just disappointed mate. It’s mainly because this is only my second season as a ST holder, my first being last season, where we only lost 3 games at home all season; and never two in a row. It’s tough to see it unfold infront of your eyes when players all over the pitch are 2-3 yards of the pace, and recently promoted teams are easily passing around the very same players i watched earn us 5th position just earlier this year!

    My seat didn’t ‘alf take a beating at the weekend.

    Still a massive fan of Pardew, and have every confidence in our players.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m more than willing to give Pardew more time (only the owner can decide that anyway) but he seems frozen in place with his tactics and when he does make changes they often seem bizarre as with shifting Santon to RB but then bringing Bigi on? It’s clear Pardew isn’t impressed by Simpson. He didn’t make a single decent cross into the box from several very good positions. He isn’t even marked when he crosses because other teams know he is hopeless at it. But unsettling Santon just doesn’t make sense and then bringing Bigi in when we are under pressure and losing at home? I need to see some decent starting formations and better subs in the next few games personally.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Team(January 31)

    Debuchy Coloccini Douglas Santon
    Cabaye Sissoko Tiote
    Benny Ba/Cisse Remy

    If that’s what we end up with, I wouldn’t think it would be too long until the good days of last year! But here’s hoping!

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    For me, Sissoko is like Yaya Toure, except I don’t think there’s any CDM’s better than him!

  • stuart no9

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    catchy @ ” first” 100% spot on. pards thinks that by moving players around , it looks like he knows what he is doing , most fans think because he does it, he knows what he is doing, when actually we play worse when he does it , what does that tell you? – it tells me he hasnt got a dolly blue what the f////k he doing. lol lol. i have never seen him make a sub in the PL and it having any effect on the game whatsoever. you watch the next time he makes a sub- to no effect. if i was him, i would scrap those stupid little notes he writes down during games, in fact i dont thinkhe writes owt down , again it is just for effect so people think he knows what hes doing, and watch the game instead, that way he will know who to bring on and where to put players who can “maybe” have some impact. he may have fooled the west ham , reading , southampton lot, even a good lot of our own supporters have been taken in by it, but im sorry , i cant wait for his reign to end even though it may take 8 years- i very much doubt it though.

  • Graeme

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Magpies, that’s not too shabby a team – Has potential to win a game or two!!

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Stuart – he brought Demba ba on at Everton and he scored two goals.

    That’s a pretty effective substitution

    Let me guess though, that doesn’t count for some reason.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #31

    LYF…..None of us know for sure, but I’m confident things will turn around. This season will likely not match last seasons, but I don’t foresee a major derailment like some do.

    Remember at the next game to say sorry to your seat, don’t ever forget the good times you shared together.

  • ToonzGotTalent

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #32

    1st post…
    My view on all this is that sissoko says all the right things, but will never come here, instead goin to russia for the money, debuchy is overrated.. would prefer Rosales from twente and he is cheaper as well as younger, remy is great at 15 mil but i would still prefer rodrigo cause he is younger and as good as remy is now, with potential to improve

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #33

    And don’t lick other people seats.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Stuart….Do you not think that pointing out his use of his note pad is a little pathetic and makes it look like you’re trying to find fault? You may well be proved right about him not being a good manager (incidentally, I think you’re wrong at the minute), but come on, stick to the valid points, not that you think he pretends to use a notepad to trick people in to thinking he knows what he is doing.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Unless its Wizards…then lick away.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #36

    No chance we will bring in 4 players in January Mtd @26. That would be at least 20M pounds and several expensive wages. Not going to happen sadly. Could see Debuchy and Douglas with Ashley taking a chance that Cisse will come back to form. Personally I’ll be a supporter after death as well mate :). I can picture myself watching from on high, sitting beside Jackie Milburn and me dad.

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Ibiza if I ever lay eyes on the venga bus,it’s getting bricked you swine.

    On Simpson..

    I hope he moves on,in the summer.
    And we play Santon at Rb.

    The amount of times an attack comes to nothing,through his crossing,has annoyed me for a long time. lol

  • Tsunki

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #38

    I totally forgot the great solution to all of NUFC’s problems that I came up with last night. I think it had something to do with. Orange Sorbet and a Hovercraft piloted by the Sultan of Brunei wearing puce jodhpurs and singing Miltons L’Allegro to the theme from crossroads in Akkadian. It will come to me I am sure.

    Catchy – can you break your posts up a bit I feel like I should be marking them for your Finals.

    Oh no, don’t bring more strikers in we have them pouring out the back door. Just get someone in who can distribute around midfield properly and allow HBA to roam up front behind the striker(s), and stop the strikers from coming back over the half way line to pick up crumbs. They get in the way of stuff anyway when they do that. Does my head in seeing Ba tracking back and Cisse is completely out of his zone when he attempts it.

  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Im in fear of the Catchy gang..

    It seems to be growing by the day.

    It’s a movement. 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Belfast….Please do. Your hatred towards our joy only makes us stronger.

    G2….Do you think all the fans will still be arguing in the afterlife? 🙂


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