Newcastle Linked With Senegal International Defender


We are hoping that Newcastle will do all they can to strengthen the squad in January, whether or not we are still low down the table, as we are at the present time.

Cheikhou Kouyaté – Senegal International center-back

And there’s news today that Newcastle are interested in 22 year-old Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate, who has played 5 times for the Senegal National side.

Cheikhou is starting to draw the attention of an umber of big clubs this season with his excellent performances in the Belgian league.

The news of Newcastle’s interest is in the Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure, and says Newcastle may be ready to make a bid for him in January, but how much truth there’s in this report we don’t know.

Other clubs like Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg in Russia are interested in the 6’4″ tall defender, who was born in Dakar, Senegal – the same place as Papiss Cisse’s birthplace.

Budesliga clubs Stuttgart and Wolfsburg are also said to be interested in taking him to Germany.

The big lad can play at center-back, but has also played in defensive midfield, so he seems a versatile enough player. He joined Brussels FC in 2006, from his home town club ASC Yego Dakar, and then moved to Anderlecht in 2008, after rumors that Arsenal had been scouting the player that summer.

Anderlecht are said to want around £7M for their star player, but if that’s true we cannot see Newcastle paying that out for a center-back.

That’s because 24 year-old Brazilian Douglas of FC Twente, who is also 6″4″ tall, would be available for say £2M in January, since his contract runs out at the Dutch club in the summer.

What do you think of Cheikhou Kouyaté for Newcastle?

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89 comments so far

  • nick_9

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Rotonda on the previous thread I disagree with you there about midfielders making themselves available. Why on earth would we send it long if a midfielder is available, I am the biggest critique of Williamson and Simpson yet even I acknowledge that there is hardly ever any movement or an easy pass on for them. Many players are happy to hide in the shadows and not want the ball so we never have an easy option. We have very few players who want the ball or have the fitness/desire or whatever to keep on moving into space for the ball throughout the whole game. Best football I have seen us play this season was the ten minutes against Swansea in the second half.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Nick

    I think they’ve just given up. Every time krul has the ball the full backs turn their back on him and trot upfield.
    The only one who ever picks it up from the back is Colo.

    I’m looking forward to seeing this Curtis Good at some stage as I believe he is in the same mould

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  • stretchintoon

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    not another african ffs!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Nick

    You’re right I think fitness does seem to be an issue.

    We don’t play the same team in europe but we still manage to look knackered during games. Just wish we had a more professional set up with diet, exercise and fitness programmes, skills training , good physios etc

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  • Graeme

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #5

    We need another African player like we need a hole in the head!! Every 2 years he’s offski to the ACN for a month!!

    Why cant they play it in July/August, same time as world cup? Obviously as they have now moved the ACN to “Odd Years” it wont clash with World Cup now!! Just a thought!!

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  • nick_9

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #6

    I just typed a reply but for some reason it did not post. I said I agree that sometimes when we are losing it seems we bring on shola and start to lump it forward more. The most recent two home games are evident of that, I’m not sure if Pardew is telling them to do it so we are in the oppositions half but surely even he sees we lose possession more often than not. Williamson and Simpson are two players I do not like at the club but even I have to say the do not always have an easy pass on and I am all for the team being made to move around off the ball more. They both seem to lack composure and confidence on the ball and that’s not what we need but whilst they are here in the eleven we should at least make it easy for them.

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    nick 9 we sent a player to bradford he had one training session with them and was to tired to play in the next match doesn,t say much for our fitness levelsas for kouyate we have to many players from africa now we are luck next year we only lose one to the african cup but 2 years from then who knows

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Here’s a plan to win this evening

    One touch footie . no fannying about giving Stoke time..keep it on the deck…keep possession..take it easy…no rush ..frustrate the hell out of Stoke ..no high balls …draw the foul .

    Start with Marveaux ..He should be told to run direct into the box with ball..Draw the foul or have a pop ,and I don’t mean running at them from the flanks .. Marvo would be good just playing off Demba Ba lots of one two’s around the box , Central.

    Prediction 1-2 to Newcastle and one of them’s a pen.

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  • Klatoon

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    The problem with distribution from the back can easily be solved by playing fb’s who are comfortable on the ball. At the moment this should be Santon and Fergie who have both the technique and skill to receive and pick a pass or run with the ball unlike Simmo.

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  • nico

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Another defeat toinight. 2-0.
    Stoke are an average team, but will be far to powerful for us with this team out.
    Anita will be bullied as usual.
    We need 3 or 4 quality players in January or we’ll be relagated.

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  • nico

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    ONLINE GUY
    We will play 4-4-2 with Marvo on bench and Cisse and Ba up front and lose 2-0

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Come on Ashley give Pardew £15m we could/should buy
    Chadli+Douglas £5m
    Debuchy £6m
    Remy £5m+Remy or find some scouted striker

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Nico

    That sounds about right and par for the course for Pardew.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Marvo is the one player with the energy and skill to wind Stoke right up around the box ..they will try and kick him off the pitch..and you know what happens after that.

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  • davis_toons

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #16

    fitness? Part of it. But we cant say that that whole team is the same. We have got International player, I believe it is still part of the game whether you are guide to kick or pass the ball.

    Please dont name teams that Doesnt Not Have International Players and they are playing passing football almost like BACA. Its a shame.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Mind I do think Pardew is in a difficult place right now ..He want’s to win as much as us lot.. and has his hands tied when it comes to buying what he says we need in any transfer window. Seems fiscal policy always comes before the team’s real need’s

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #18

    We could with a leon britton type of player,somebody to take the ball of the defenders and bring it up the pitch.

    And Im not suggesting we should sign Britton,before any one has go at me.lol

    Somebody in that mould who always wants the ball.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Oops *we could do*

    Yous no what I mean anyway. 🙂

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  • 89Norcal

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Tonight should be treated as a must win. Hopefully Pardew has drilled the team and added some stability. And hopefully we don’t lump it half the game.

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  • nico

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #21

    ONLINE GUY
    I agree. I think Ashley is caught between giving some money and then just hoping we don’t go down. In my oppinion, that’s a massive gamble. He surely must give Pards some money in Jan.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #22

    I Nico..and lets sign some class instead of potential .

    Alderwield ..brilliant. Reminds me of Colin Todd ..what a great player toddy was . Check him out ,one of the hardest working player’s I have ever seen. I used to live next to him as a kid ..Great bloke too..

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  • G

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Kouyate isn’t a bad player, but that photo doesn’t exactly make him look made for the Prem does it? You could have found a better photo than one that makes him look like he’s out skipping.

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

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Haha G, ooh no don’t let the ball touch me.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #25

    He will fit right into the current setup like a glove then…..

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #26

    hey guys ive heard on the reports that UEFA might be dropping euro cup and expanding champions league to clubs in the top 7 now imagine the TV revenue that the toon could bring in if we start performing better and getting out of the bad luck of late

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

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeah, the extra revenue will surely be an incentive for Ashley to give us some money to ensure we push on.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Forget Kouyate’s skipping pose , what about Kieron Dyer’s I’m a little tea pot impression on the post on 2 occasions !.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #29

    and 1 more thing i would like to ask what makes you all think that ashley is gonna give pard’s some money.

    Come on lads don’t be daft you kno his policy, ashley wont give him money he will look at our squad regardless the injuries, suspension etc,etc and simply say we have a full squad so deal with it.

    he’s an business man not a true football chairmen, in his mind profit is most important than success.

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  • G

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #30

    @post 29 MA already took that gamble once and lost. Hopefully he won’t be up for repeating that error (At least that’s what I keep telling myself!).

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #31

    i honestly really hope he does spend good in the market but himself as a business man he must kno that you got to spend money to make money.

    look at our key players for instant, hba, cabaye, tiote, he got them on the cheap and now there worth 3 times there value.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #32

    If anyone needs a link to watch the match live, try :-

    http://www.thefirstrow.eu/

    I have always had good service on there.

    Mon the TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON

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  • G

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #33

    I put money on a toon win against the mackem at work today. Please don’t let him win that bet lads.

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  • woolerbill

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #34

    If this club as to resort to more African players, then we are mentally and fincially bankrupt.

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  • G

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Elaborate woolerbill?

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  • toonking

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #36

    although it is not official i have heard the team on the radio which is probable
    krul
    simmo willo colo santon
    perch tiote anita
    jonas ba cisse

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  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #37

    i like how because he and douglas are the same height Ed insinuates their skill levels too are matched 😀

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  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Graeme, re ACON

    a nigerian fan came on here last year and, hearing his side of it, rightly told off many on the blog for complaining about the ACON

    I believe the reason it’s played the time it is has A LOT to do with the weather

    and as for the tournament being held seemingly all the time, it’s because the respective African FA’s would fold without the revenue brought in through both qualifying and the tournament itself.

    seems like valid points he made. of course he elaborated further but, you get the gist

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #39

    With the owner and MD we have I would say we are headed for a bottom 8 finish this season at best. Hopefully not bottom 6 or even worse relegation. A lot will depend on January. Unfortunately I can only see Ashley funding 1 incoming unless we sell someone and I don’t mean Simpson or Willo, I mean someone like Ba or Ben Arfa. Tremendous disappointment after last season but we were set up for it to happen by lack of spending in the summer and having the buffoon Llambias employed at the club (Ashley isn’t exactly a whole-hearted ambitious football man either).

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 28, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #40

    P.S. I love that word buffooon. It suits Llambias perfectly.

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