Arsenal Move In For Newcastle Target?


There is news that Arsenal are now after a potential Newcastle target –  Lucas Biglia of Anderlecht – who has played 8 times for the full Argentine side.

Lucas Biglia

Lucas Biglia – Anderlecht’s defensive midfielder

Newcastle have been linked with this player a few times in the last month or so, but we have a hard time believing Newcastle would be interested in a defensive midfielder who is valued at around £8M, when there’s a certain Moussa Sissoka, who would be available for so much less, with his contract at Toulouse running out in the summer.

And Sissoka can play either attacking or defensive midfield, and he’s only 22 and, we think this lad would be a great signing for Newcastle, and if we cannot get him through the door in January, then hopefully we’ll have a chance of getting him in the summer, given that we retain our Premier League status.

As for Arsenal,  they see Biglia as an ideal  replacement for Alex Song, who isn’t exactly doing great things at Barcelona these days.

Biglia has a couple of years left on his contract,  but we’d be surprised – make that shocked – if Newcastle try to get this player to Tyneside, either this January or in the summer, although there have been reports that Alan Pardew has watched the player, and may want to add to our Argentine contingent.

Alan may want to do that in an attempt to balance things out a bit in the dressing room,  with rumors persisting that Newcastle may change their strips to all blue – we have so many French players in the squad. 😀

It’s probably a long shot that we can sign Moussa Sissoko this month, but it seems to us he’s exactly the type of  creative and dominant central midfield player we have needed over the last couple of months.

We think he would be a great signing for Newcastle and a good bargain too.

Over to you Mike Ashley.

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271 comments so far

  • rainrix

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Who? 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t really know the player, but it’s not in a position we need so they can have him.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    toontinka

    congratulations on your research…..1) how many of those injuries were fabrications (at least half)

    2) how do you argue against the manu performance and arsenal for 60 minutes? those were performances with a ‘decimated’ squad yet they were our best by far of the season…..you can still play good football with back-ups. it’s how they’re set up and how they’re coached.

    the real question you should be asking is how you manage to lose 12 in 14 with no answer….

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    don’t know much about him….supposed to be good. one of the slowest players on fifa, mind 🙂

    really hope sissokho can happen

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    He would be a great signing by all accounts of the lad. Can’t see us getting him, think bigger clubs with more to offer will be in for him.

    Matty

    Agree with you…..its not just injuries….injuries would account for a lower level of performance than last year no doubt, but not this low.

    We attacked man utd and arsenal. If we had attacked swansea, west ham, fulham, etc with that much intent we would certainly have done better than 3 losses which is what we got off those games.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    ToonTinka
    Like you to do a list from last year and see how it compares

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #7

    just watched some videos of that aubameyang guy…..this kid looks like an incredible athlete….and his resemblance to Neymar doesn’t hurt either haha

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #8

    TS

    wasn’t even that we lost those matches….it was how we lost those matches against WHU and swansea and seemingly every other team….there was no heart, no organization, bad tactics from the getgo and even worse decisions mid-game by the manager

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #9

    This window I don’t care who we sign or how much they cost.

    We need a CB, striker and possibly a midfielder who can come into the first team right away.

    I don’t care of they cost 20,000 or 20,000,000 just them into the club asap

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  • Dannyo

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    This is a player AP has actually declined interest in.

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #11

    I hoped we’d get Diame last season when he was on a free. Just the sort of steel we need in our team now.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #12

    A press release has already been put together by the club and a copy has been leaked.

    ‘We have tried everything to get our top targets over the line, but money is tight and no one wants to sell in January so transfer fee’s are over-inflated. We have a duty to care for the long term financial future of the club, but we will go back in for our targets come the summer’

    Exit Pardew left, red faced with embarrassment and a nose thats three foot long.

    https://twitter.com/Alain_Pardeux/status/288645847896453120/photo/1

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    wayay

    was calling for diame for ages…..always thought he was a better tiote

    now he’s got a bit more freedom at WHU than at wigan he’s showing what he can really do

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Matty

    I’ll be honest, I like pardew and still want to give him more time but he does confuse me.

    We defend against west ham and Swansea at home when we should take the game to them and keep them on their own half worrying about us.

    Then in games at old Trafford and the emirates we go all out attack when really we should be looking to be solid and stifle them and hit them on a counter. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wan lt us to go there and park the bus, but you need to be sensible and not just go toe to toe with man utd.

    It’s just stable things like that I don’t get.

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  • t00ntime

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #15

    @matty + @ts

    Does that not mean AP is learning? We have been getting better recently. Against man utd +arsenal we were passing it around (yes alot at the back but atleast there was less longball). Of we keep playing this style it will surely benefit cabaye+hba when they are fit. Which means we will have more chances AND therefore it will be better for our whole team. If AP keeps learning we can only get better right?
    Atleast imo

    Only problem is he doesnt seem to know when to drop players, lik jonas will definitely be back in on sat, even though marv is better. Imo jonas shud come on to close a game off.

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  • dinosaur

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #16

    I have a great idea: since we were so much better with ten men against Brighton, lets begin the Norwich game with just ten. Then at half time bring on the eleventh, and throw on our three subs. It’s bound to work.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Dannyo
    U mean Biglia?

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #18

    off topic what a tit does joe hart look like advertising shampoo infact he does look poo

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Matty

    Also I agree on lack of effort and fight.

    Last year we saw players diving in front of shots, last minute tackles, great goalkeeping, commitment all over the pitch with everyone running their socks off.

    I dont know if players this year are thinking they can live off lasts years achievements of finishing 5th and with only 1 new player coming in maybe think their position is safe and they can cost by.

    I dont know this for sure but we seem too complacent as a team.

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  • geoff777

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Over to you Mike Ashley … love it.

    We’re still waiting for the marquee signing we we’re promised when he bought the club.

    He’s also pocketed 35M+ in transfer fees.
    No doubt eaten up by bore holes and helicopter rides to Liverpool.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #21

    west brom

    42 injuries in that time,,
    Marc-Antoine Fortune Injury Hamstring Injury 2013 January 5th
    Zoltan Gera Injury Knee Injury 2013 January 5th
    Youssuf Mulumbu Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 December 26th
    Jonas Olsson Injury Groin/Pelvis Injury 2012 December 26th
    Goran Popov Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 December 26th
    Steven Reid Injury Calf/Shin Injury 2012 December 13th
    Liam Ridgewell Injury Ankle/Foot Injury 2012 December 8th
    Claudio Yacob Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 December 1st
    Billy Jones Injury Illness 2012 November 29th
    Jonas Olsson Injury Calf/Shin Injury 2012 November 24th
    Zoltan Gera Injury Groin/Pelvis Injury 2012 November 24th
    Youssuf Mulumbu Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 November 17th
    Gareth McAuley Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 November 14th
    Youssuf Mulumbu Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 November 10th
    James Morrison Injury Groin/Pelvis Injury 2012 November 10th
    Ben Foster Injury Groin/Pelvis Injury 2012 November 5th
    James Morrison Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 November 4th
    Shane Long Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 October 28th
    Claudio Yacob Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 October 20th
    Youssuf Mulumbu Injury Knock 2012 October 18th
    Romelu Lukaku Injury Ankle/Foot Injury 2012 October 6th
    Jerome Thomas Injury Illness 2012 October 3rd
    Gareth McAuley Injury Knock 2012 September 30th
    Billy Jones Injury Knee Injury 2012 September 30th
    Chris Brunt Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 September 30th
    Liam Ridgewell Injury Calf/Shin Injury 2012 September 26th
    Boaz Myhill Injury Thumb/Wrist Injury 2012 September 24th
    James Morrison Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 September 22nd
    Goran Popov Injury Groin Strain 2012 September 11th
    Zoltan Gera Injury Knock 2012 September 7th
    Steven Reid Injury Hamstring Injury 2012 September 1st
    Romelu Lukaku Injury Ankle/Foot Injury 2012 August 26th
    Peter Odemwingie Injury Groin/Pelvis Injury 2012 August 23rd
    Jonas Olsson Injury Knock 2012 August 15th
    James Morrison Injury Ankle/Foot Injury 2012 August 15th
    Liam Ridgewell Injury Hip/Thigh Injury 2012 August 10th
    Jerome Thomas Injury Knee Injury 2012 August 6th
    Steven Reid Injury Knock 2012 August 2nd
    Chris Brunt Injury Calf/Shin Injury 2012 July 22nd
    George Thorne Injury Knock 2012 July 17th
    Jerome Thomas Injury Knock 2012 July 17th

    is there squad better than ours

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #22

    whore holes ehh

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  • theroosta

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Sage, to be honest our manager is a mess of contradicions.

    cant knock the fella for last seasons effort against the tide, i can tell you though if man utd had lets say 24 points at this stage and they lost on saturday, Ferguson would probably get the peddler, its all about results, here and now in the premiership, it needs a big shift in tactics at the toon, two more bad defeats and he could be gone 8 year contract or not.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #24

    toontime

    It does show pardew is learning I agree.

    But will he stick with it against the lesser teams or just attack the big ones?

    He used a great system last year…433 with ba cisse and ben arfa. That worked great, why did he go away from it?

    Even if it was to keep Ba happy why didn’t he then just drop cisse instead of consistently playing him in a position that didnt work.

    And why did he cave in to Ba when Ba had no good offers for him in the summer playing left side for us. We moved him central, he got goal and left right away.

    Surely he would have been better having the team set up as it was, Ba unhappy and not scoring as many and then I doubt chelsea would have offered the money for him.

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  • theroosta

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Catchy, that is real hardcore blogging son.

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  • geoff777

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Transfer Sage

    Interesting policy. Play our players out of position so other clubs won’t be interested in buying them.
    Who cares if we score goals?

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  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #27

    And now we are set to offer Simpson the deal he want’s in order to get him to stay FFS

    http://www.newcastleunited-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/ashley_set_to_offer_simpson_the_deal_he_wants_777965/index.shtml?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #28

    the roosta

    it is all about here and now but it depends on what the clubs ambitions are really.

    Is ashley looking for titles, champions league, europa league, top, ten, mid table or survival.

    They never state publicly exact targets, so we dont know what Pardew has to achieve to stay in the job.

    Some here say Ashley is just in it for sports direct advertising, I dont disagree that is part of it, he gets a hell of a lot of advertising which would cost him a fortune and if the club becomes self sufficient then that advertising is free for his company.

    Some say he wants progression and there is a 5 year plan…would love to know whats in this 5 year plan, whats the yearly targets, whats the acceptable level to fall below, does pardew have to achieve the same targets even if llambias fails in his job or will then pardews targets drop.

    Not sure what the club want, no link to any detail of a five year plan or season targets so we dont know if pardew is far off it or not.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Catchy,
    How can you claim never to post here again but yet start posting you sh1te three days after you made your promise,you mate are probably the most despicable character they had the misfortune to visitthis blog.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #30

    geoff

    You have twisted my idea to sound stupid.

    Ba may be better in the middle but the team was better with him out left.

    Instead we buckled to his demands, he played central, did well for himself, the team did bad (maybe not just because of this but it coincided with this) and then we have less points and lose our top scorer.

    I’m not sayign we should have had him left back so nobody wants him but left sided of a front 3 worked for the team even if it didn’t get him the goals he needed for his move.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Jail

    there has to come a point when he gets bored by his own post’s and goes away, well, we can only hope

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #32

    how

    its copy and paste,, the same as he did

    jail

    what ever 😀

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  • rainrix

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #33

    JB…. No quotes, no sources, no substance, id take that article with a pinch of salt.

    We should keep simmo anyway as backup till the end of the season, the kids aren’t good enough at RB frankly.

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  • geoff777

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #34

    JackButler

    That site is worse than talkSport or CaughtOffside.

    The article mentions nothing about him being offered a new contract with improved terms.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Catchy was just making a good counter point regarding injuries there.

    It shows that whilst some of our poor form is no doubt down to missing big players, thats not the only reason for our mis fortune.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #37

    JB
    A contract offer to this simpson fella eh? Not heard much about him tbh, but atleast the club are trying to bring these new signings in

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  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #38

    It would be just like us through to offer a contract to keep the one of the worst footballer at the club

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  • geoff777

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Simmo’s doing a Guthrie.

    If his toe had been okay he wouldn’t have left this window.
    His big pay day comes in the summer.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #40

    tads

    😀

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