Why £7M Isn’t Too Much For This Defensive Target

We reported on Newcastle’s efforts to bring in Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate to Newcastle in January a couple of days ago, and there have been additional reports that Newcastle are indeed interested in this 22 year-old, who was born in Dakar, Senegal.

Cheikhou Kouyate – £7M rated Anderlect Defender

The lad has played 5 times for the Senegal National side, so we expect that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has already checked with his two Senegal strikers on just how good this defender is.

Cheickhou can play center-back and also in defensive midfield – so his versatility will be a plus for Newcastle – as we need to bring in players who can play in a number of positions, so they provide more cover – in case we have lots of injuries – the position we are in at the moment.

The 6’4″ defender joined Brussels FC in 2006, from his home town club ASC Yego Dakar, and he then was signed by Anderlecht in 2008, after rumors that several top clubs – one being Arsenal – had been scouting the player that summer.

Anderlecht are said to want around £7M for their defender, and that may be too much for Newcastle to pay, although we don’t know how much owner Mike Ashley will be willing to give Alan Pardew in January, to save Newcastle from a potential relegation – if our results don’t start to improve quickly.

We think this lad is a good player – but £7M may not be good value for Newcastle, and that has to be the problem with signing this lad.

However,  given that we’ll lose millions and millions if we are relegated from the Premier League in May, giving Alan Pardew say £20M in January would seem like a good investment by the Newcastle owner – if only to to keep Newcastle in England’s top flight.

Next season is when the new TV deal takes effect and there’s a 70% increase on what it cost over the previous three seasons, so the PL clubs will see a big increase in the money they get from the local TV broadcasting rights next season – and surely Mike Ashley wants Newcastle to be in that kind of money?

We don’t know – because Mike never says anything about what he thinks or what he does.

We’ll put a bit more out on the new TV deal and what it could mean to Newcastle in another article – but Newcastle must stay in the PL this season,  and that’s almost a good target – given where we stand at the moment with all the injuries we have picked up with the extra European games.

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14 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed in our situation, they are priceless

  • Graeme

    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Is he better than Douglas?? Mbiwa?? They are both cheaper and Lambs arse loves a bargain as we all know!!

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    can we stop signing African players?

    they end up missing an important part of the season every other year….it’s not like they are cheao buys anymore either, you pay the same as for any other nationality.


    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m looking forward for January now, question is will we spend? I’m up for a shock

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5


    Why would teams take jonas is a different question.


    Every professional player is committed, you should also bring something to the table.

    Good on pards for having faith in him.

  • south coast toon

    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    just buy cbs i dont care about other position or he can play right back ,left back just a decent centre back and decent full back,just poeple who are bloody good in there position being able to pass the ball would be a bonus at the moment and they all need to be purples theres no piont in bringing in players for cover,bring in players that will push each other.get yer cheque book out fatboy u know you messed up in the summer now put yer money down for a proper roll of the dice mr 8 yr contract

  • nufc_eire

    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #7

    What about Stefan de Vrij from feyenoord as a good CB option? Looks like he is available for 3.5m and he’s stalling on signing a new contract. And apparently he can also play right back

    Perfect Ashley signing

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Jonas is pardews problem.

    We should be selecting players who can threaten the oppoistion not just ones who can stop the opposition. thats just me view, I think being overly defensive invites way too much pressure and if you are subject to pressure for long enough mistakes will happen.

    The problem for Pardew is Jonas works hard defensively. We also aren’t blessed with great wide men to challenge him so he gets the nob as those coming in aren’t impressing that much either or doing as much defensive work which is what Pardew seems to like.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #9

    over the past 5 years only 1 prem club has had a lower net spend in transfers than us and that’s arsenal.

    It shows as they have gone from title challengers and regular tropy winners to battling for top 4.

    We need to invest mroe if we want to be around the top 8 in the league. If ashley just wants to keep us in the league and have the odd good year when it clicks then that’s fine, his choice, but I would love us to be back fighting for regular european football.

  • HullMag6

    Nov 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    Too many african players will kill our season every year theres an acon. Look elsewhere

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    I have outlined previously how I think Ashleys buying policy works but i am getting sick of it. If this guy was 19, highly rated and cost 2mill we’d be in like flynn! If he was worth 11 mill and reduced to 7mill, we’d be in, no problem, because Ashley buys primarily where discounts applies. Quite simply, this is no way to build a club. Sometimes you have to pay for the right player, at the right time, at the going rate. If the guy is good, like Debuchy, just go for it man!

  • woolerbill

    Nov 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    We will end up with more third rate Africans, up not until they finish this years cup cakes.
    It’s sad when you can’t have faith or trust in your clubs management.

  • woolerbill

    Nov 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #13

    This is not the post I sent ,who has access


    Dec 2, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #14


    Good shout on Stefan de Vrij from Feyenoord !

    A lot of clubs in Holland are having problems financially at the moment but a Brit style TV deal has just been done by Fox which will be mean that some money will be paid to clubs for broadcasting rights!

    Not sure when all this is going down but when this does happen? It will not surprise me if transfer fees for players in Holland will go increase considerably. So time to sign any prospective talents from here can better be done before this new TV deal is done!


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