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Newcastle French Target Available For £10M In January

9:30 pm, Monday, November 26th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 20 Comments

We have to hope that Mike Ashley will open his check book in January, and bring in as many as three or four new players, so that Newcastle can have a chance of rescuing our season, and the last thing we want to do is not to be in the Premier League next season – that would be an unmitigated disaster for the club.

Loic Remy - Marseilles 25 year-old striker

Newcastle have a good squad,  but it’s far too small and when our top stars are out injured,  the strength in depth is just not there , and that has been proved over the last four league games, when we have picked up a single point against opposition we would have expected to get a lot more points from.

And news today that one of Newcastle’s reported striker targets – Loic Remy of Marseilles – is available for £10M and Marseilles seem willing to sell him in January, but Tottenham and Liverpool are also said to be interested in the striker, who Newcastle were first interested in back in 2008, when he was a 21 year-old at Lyon.

Remy’s agent is Bruno Satin and he had this to say to Le10Sport today:

“Marseilles needs the money and Remy going could be a solution.” “If they were to get an offer of £10M, the club would let him leave.”

Of course we have to be very wary of what agents say, because they will say and do anything that gets their client sold, so they can make money on the deal.

And it may be that Newcastle do not think this lad is good enough to pay out £10M for, but we need some reinforcements in January, and especially since Shola Ameobi is very likely to be off to the African Cup of Nations, with the Nigerien squad.

Remy is now 25 and in 95 games for Marseilles he has scored a decent 39 goals, and this season he has just a couple of goals in 12 appearances,  after scoring 20 goals in 42 appearances last season for the former French Champions.

Do you think Remy is worth £10M to Newcastle in January – given the situation we are in?

Let us know what you think.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Super Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Yes, but Douglas and Debuchy should be first priorities, then Sissoko and Remy. Can’t see us bringing all 4 in tbh. Even if we are struggling.

  • 2 jonobbad // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Joey Barton has been talking to French media in a French accent.
    Search it now it’s hilarious

  • 3 eaststandgeordie1982 // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Hoping mr barton will put a good word in for us un his new french accent of course :-)

  • 4 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Have to say, striker has to be our last priority,

    I haven’t really seen remy. Is he going to be different enough from ba and cisse to make a difference?

    Also, when is shola back.
    I don’t care if we play hoofball to be honest, it’s time to start getting points on the board then we can focus on good football.

  • 5 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    It puts Schteeve to shame.

    He says it makes him better understood, I think it’s just hilarious.

  • 6 cyprus // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Ed,
    reading your articles as of late, I’ve noticed you’ve changed your tune, much less in terms of singing the praises of AP and the excellent structure. I get a sense of frustration, which I share with you. You, like me, have realised soon enough that we have to get serious about the future. Like your t-shirt to the right says, ‘in Carr we trust’, but it should read ‘in Carr with a full wallet we trust’. No more purchases for the future, we need fully ready top class players (like you say, 3 or 4) now! Your Amalfitanos, Sameobis, Abeids, Obertans even talented young Fergie are not what is needed now. We need Aguero- Suarez type players… yep… So, Carr, forget France for a month, get on the plane and head to South America. Take the wife along, because you’ll need to find your players and SIGN them befor the last minute of the last day of transfers..

  • 7 BelfastMagpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    There’s more chance of Ashley & Llambias growing pony tails & wearing high heels.

  • 8 Kyo // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Ashley spending money? HAH! Good one Ed.

  • 9 Super Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Wizard
    Sounds similar to what happened to me when I was flying earlier this year. 2 children running up and down the aisle. A child kicking the back of my seat, when I repeatedly asked the parent to tell the child to stop kicking my chair they still continued. They were lucky to escape without harm. :) And to add injury to insult there was also a baby screaming for 5 hours.
    Oh, the joy…

  • 10 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Belfast -
    To be fair there is a large chance of Ashley and lambias wearing high heels and wigs anyway… Ugh no bad image…

    Enjoy that image.

    If that’s not enough to make you hurl, them add fishnet stockings…

    And with that delightful image, I must leave you all.

  • 11 eaststandgeordie1982 // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Conaldo ive just read your seat post i almost wet myself mate, great read keep them coming.

  • 12 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Super -
    Sounds awful mate. Now imagine being on a bus to Paris, which due to ice and traffic, took 23 hours. And full of screaming kids on their way to Disneyland.

    I think I win this game of top trumps. :)

  • 13 The_Toon // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Andy Carroll

  • 14 The Prophet Of Doom 01.12.12 // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Tears fall like rain

    Hopes melt like snow

    Fears rise like a 1000 armies

    Truth remains in the heart of the strong

    Find the light in these our darkest days

    The apocolypse will come and claim your soul but you will be cleansed

    You will be forgiven for not heeding the warning signs

    Listen to the word of I, for I am the prophet

  • 15 Super Magpie // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Wizard

    It looks like you do, I don’t think I could cope with that. And I thought the my flight was bad, that sounds like hell. :D
    Anyway it’s time for me to depart, take care.

  • 16 soundoid // Nov 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    What is it with us and injurys??

    As a club we need to get to the bottom of it. If Raylor and Vuckic were fit we wouldn’t be having this problem or to a lesser extent obertan and gosling as replacments for Cabs and Benny.

    I think we’re missing Guthrie but if all of the above were fit not so much.

    I’m not really a fan of Pardews style of play but to do what he did last season with the players he had was outstanding.

    He’s been a victim of his own successTBH. Aye and maybe a bit cocky to think he could do the same again across the PL and the EL.

    The injurys are screwing us.

  • 17 MagpiesFlyHigh // Nov 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    A lot of fans on here are lashing out at the Manager, Owner, MD, various players, our small squad, and even the over-expectation in SJP from fans for the current yo-yo downslide.

    A lot of mid ranking teams (and we are) yo-yo from one season to another but there doesn’t seem a magic wand way out… like changing formation, playing the youngsters, spending £30m+.
    We could easily lose the next few games too.

    Its a confidence thing. And confidence brings luck. with it. Okay, so we have half a side of journeymen, and need to strengthen, but average players can play well enough to deliver decent results if they are on form. Neither our flair players or second rankers are playing well, those who are not injured or suspended.

    If the side doesn’t gel they won’t win.

    The test of a really good manager isn’t how he performs when the team are playing well, its how he deals with the inevitable drops in form, bad luck and injuries. AP handled last season pretty well, but he doesn’t seem to have the toolkit necessary to pick the side up, turn our fortunes around and build squad confidence. This has nothing to do with tactics or formations. Its a much more complex set of skills needed.

    TBH it is far too soon to judge, but the signs are all there that AP is a fair weather manager. If he doesn’t succeed in getting us the bounce back by the end of January, then I’ll join those who are wanting a replacement, because another ten games with only a handful of points and it’ll be obvious he hasn’t got the ability to manage the pick-up. Until then he has my support. Being Toon manager is one of the hardest jobs in the EPL and he deserves our support as much of our current circumstances and lack of strengthening are not his direct responsibility despite what the blamegamers on here think.

    Even brilliant managers have teams who have drops in form, what matters is how quickly they get out of it.

    Patience is not a football fan (or owner) quality as its so results driven. AP has made huge improvements during his time at SJP, and lets all hope he is a quick learner and get can us out this situation.

    This is my last post on here for the forseeable future. I’m not going to come back under another name. I’m totally demoralised by the fans on here who repeat the same tedious post dozens of times, bang out the same negative message, and sidetrack those guys with whom you could have a good craic, bit of banter and argument about the Toon. The blog is being dragged down and life’s too short to try to argue with no-hopers.

    See you all at the end of the January window. This will finally prove what our revered owner really wants for the club. No way can any manager succeed with an owner with low expectations. The worst thing for us will be if the owner settles for mid table mediocrity and AP can’t turn our form round.

    Meanwhile …. HWTL !!

  • 18 Magpies-till-d3ath // Nov 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Yes! £10 million is a no brainer!!!

  • 19 mal68 // Nov 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Agree with Super Magpie in first post with one change. Priorities should be Douglas, Debuchy (or another rb) then sissoko. But then we should get Aubameyang and not Remy, far better and younger

  • 20 obatoyou // Nov 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I say we buy him even if it’s 11m




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