Newcastle Bid For Cameroon International Defender


We expect Newcastle to bring in another defender before February rolls around, but there are claims today that Newcastle have bid for a Cameroon International left footed defender who usually plays left-back.

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Gaeten Bong – Valenciennes left back

Gaeten Bong is a 6’2″ 10 times capped Cameroon left back, and he is fast and strong left footed defender who is very good in the tackle, and Valenciennes president Jean-Raymond Legrand was asked about his player today, and this is what he told le10sport.com:

“Newcastle are very interested, they have made an offer. We will wait and see. But I will not sell players unless I can replace them.”

We’d be very surprised if this news is true, but  Bong’s four year contract does run out in June, and he could presumably be brought to Newcastle for a nominal fee this month.

But a center-back is what we really need this month, and it’s interesting that Newcastle have been linked with Valenciennes 21 year-old French U21 center-back Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, over the last couple of months.

That’s the player we would have expected to possibly sign for Newcastle this month, and we find it hard to understand why Newcastle would be going after a left-back – although perhaps Bong can also play at center-back.

And maybe Newcastle are thinking of selling Davide Santon to some Italian club this summer, or simply increasing the competition for places across the back four, which would be good..

And the Newcastle manager has said the club are trying hard to bring in new defensive players this month:

” It’s a position that we really need to strengthen as we have let in some loose goals this year because we have not had the competition, and the likes of Davide Santon have needed a rest at times. That sort of pressure has told on us.”

“There is no doubt we are beavering away in the background to try to get players in.” “At the start of the window you get all sorts of mixed messages and it’s very difficult to cement somebody down to a decision,  because they’re waiting to see if another club gets involved.”

“But it will accelerate as we get nearer the end of the window. The problem for us teams who perhaps need to strengthen is trying to get those decisions made.”

That’s a hint at a left back coming in to help out Davide Santon, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle have indeed bid for the 24 year-old, who joined  Valenciennes  from Metz in 2009, and he is a French citizen.

What do you think?

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388 comments so far

  • jettson1971

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #1

    who really knows???
    i doubt that we will bring in anybody, altho the statement from there President, could addd some substance, pls just bring in a propoer centre half, striker, and Sissoko!!
    Has anyone noticed that S Taylor is always injured for the Christmas fixtures??

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t know much about Bong but I’m a fan …
    a) name
    b) wears some ridiculous outfits (see http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalimbaba/6411694637/ and http://4d.img.v4.skyrock.net/8093/76598093/pics/3124666153_1_3_xWrdD01p.jpg)
    c) Every piece of footage I can find of him and he’s smiling.

    What else do you need to know about him besides that.

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  • ?Miguel?

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #3

    (If remy moves at all thread) 1:56pm ?miguel? Said what people?????

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #4

    jettson…..So you’re thinking the same as me then, Steven Taylor is Santa?

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #5

    WTF is this. What about santon? What about the CB? Why from cameroon? We have other positional priorities

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #6

    2 goal…thanks for that 🙂

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  • Super Magpie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s always good to get extra competition in for positions but there are more important positions that need to be filled.

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  • ajcrawfs

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #8

    @?Miguel? you said gaeton bong lb!

    interesting got any more ITKs?

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Smells like bullshit.

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  • ToonTinka

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Tads,

    The CB will be in soon aswell mate. Don’t doubt that.

    Where not messing around this window. We all should no this by now.

    Also, to the people who are slaughtering are style of play?

    Do you really expect development players and fringe players to be able to produce the type of football are senior pro’s can deliver. Its called abilty lads. And where lacking in it once our first 11 is hampered by injuries. Or the best part of.

    Hoofball. Don’t make me laugh man. The only people i have seen knocking it long this season is williamson and simpson. This could be down to any number of things. Confidence, under performing midfielders not showing for the ball. Blaming pardew for it as a tactic is a very weak argument indeed.

    Toon-Prodigy

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  • Byker Boy

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Thank God for that at least it shows that they have given up hope with Santon.

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  • ToonTinka

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #12

    There is a major problem with fans on this blog how they jump at the chance to have a go at Pardew for any given reason.

    I can agree, that he has made mistakes yes. But some people have got it in bigtime for this bloke.

    Disgusting really, considering he took us to fifth last season.

    I feel these individuals are going to be eating alot of humble pie starting in the next 4-6 wks.

    And deservedly so.

    Toon Prodigy

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  • Jarra_Mag

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #13

    BING BONG…. Get wa gannin man!!!

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  • Super Magpie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #14

    I also think Santon is one of those players who we should not sell unless we get absolutely ridiculous money, and I mean in excess of £25m. The lad has the potential to become one of the best LBs on the planet. He can only improve and has been one of few positives this season. His defending can improve, but with an unsettled back line then it is harder to stay organised.

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  • bills-son

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #15

    We need a left back who can defend.

    Santon is every bit as much a weakness in defence as Willo or Simmo – if not more.

    His connstant runs upfield and failure to get back quickly are leaving us time and again with a three man defence. Any fan who can’t see that is looking at Santon with rose tinted specs. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Pards was looking for a new left back.

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  • ?Miguel?

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #16

    I know someone, who isnt a itk but happens to know everything before anyone on here.

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  • jettson1971

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Ibizatoon

    Well he is not a centre half at that time of year, he just always seems to pick up his injuriesa t the same time every year!! A new centre half(or 2) is needed asap, as we will not get 25 gams a season from taylor.

    Santon LW and Bong behind??

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #18

    His contract runs out in June 2014 and not this year 😉

    …he might be cheap enough for Mike to be interested lol

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  • stretchintoon

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #19

    hope its not true,dont want anymore africans,they all bugger off during the ACON & we have’nt got enough back up

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #20

    toon tinka

    spot on mate

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  • NUFCarter

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Put santon left mid if this deal goes throug. Doubt it though.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Obviously someone is using a Bong. What other outlandish ideas can journos come up with? Has Mevlut Erdinc been peddled to Crewe lately? Bah.

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  • Super Magpie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #23

    The other two players we should not sell at all are HBA and Krul. It would be very hard to replace those players and we have to do our best to keep them in the future.

    One way to help now is to bring some new players in so we can start climbing the table.

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  • hotdog

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Ibiza mate. We pretty much sing from the same hymn sheet but these are more comments from pardew that I don’t get. What he is saying, to me, is that the players they are in for might turn around in the last few days of the window and say they don’t want to come or get a better offer. Surely we can’t afford to be waiting for players. Our position is too precarious to allow this to happen, don’t you think?

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Just cos we sign a LB doesn’t mean we want shot of our only LB in the team we need a squad lads hopefully tubs has realised that

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #26

    interesting but will not come to toon
    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/620213699?-11058:809

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Great some crank on Twitter has asked Matthew Upson what he’s doing in Newcastle airport…….. what a shambles these lot are.

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  • mick85eire

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d wager we sign nobody else this month..pard-who will point to the fact cabaye Taylor etc back from injury squad big enough! If we spent 10 mil we could get PEM, sissoko and a decent young defender but big fat mike will NOT spend ANY more money of his own. Unless we sell tiote or cabaye we won’t ever have money to spend

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Proud – Any new news mate? 🙂

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #30

    mick85eire

    we will spend 25-30 million this window trust me. as i have said before a lot of fans will be shocked at what we spend and who we spend it on. including me!!

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  • hotdog

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Proud – I only need to know one mate. Who is your guess at the centre half?

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #32

    torqtoon

    nothing concrete mate. excited tho as i said in my previous post

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Hotdog…I’d love the new players in a.s.a.p, but also understand it isn’t always that simple. I will give them the window to sort it out, but I wont be forgiving with the normal lines of we tried. At that point I would have been trying to be supportive to Ashley and Llambias, but it would have run out.

    I’m not expecting miracles overnight, but I do feel, for some reason, that things will be better at Norwich. There is nothing to suggest a new signing this week would be ready for or have a major impact on the Norwich game.

    Jettson…. Don’t like my Santa theory then? Completely hear what you’re saying. We need in a CB to at least match Taylors ability, but with a better injury record. Two would be great, but being realistic we can do with one for now and then re-shuffle the Willos etc in the summer.

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #34

    hotdog

    imo we will sign two of the following 3

    sakho
    marin
    douglas

    hopefully the first two but my guess is as good as any others?

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Ibiza

    I can remember our chat about it, the thing we kind of agreed on was that it wasn’t good , but had different opinions on the reason why,

    These conversations took place before the Man U game
    I think around the Wigan game,

    In a lot of ways I feel I was right, and the proof has been how he has had them playing since,

    By this I mean in the first 15 games he had pretty close to his full team but chose to hit it long, it has changed , it seems the worse of our squad gets the better we try and play football, so why not play like this in the first games with your better players?

    Cabaye played to deep to have any impact on the game, and between him and HBA IMO we need them higher up and just give them the ball

    And your right , I will never like him while he is here, i think both him and Carr are on different pages when it comes to players, we buy attack minded players which Pardew tries to transform into defensive players
    Now I’m all for players adding skills to there game , but not if it means lose the player you had,
    To many of our players have gone backwards under Pardew,

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #36

    I’m an optimistic guy (don’t fall off your seats anyone), but £25-30m? Did Ashley get a visit from the ghosts of Christmas or something?

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  • DaveD1000

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Move along nothing to see here….this lad is not coming- his name is too short

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  • proudtobageordie

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #38

    if we can get two of the three defenders i think collo will be of to his old mans club on deadline day. what do you lot think

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  • Byker Boy

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #39

    Agree with bills-son Santon is a liability and there are far too many Newcastle fans looking at him through Rose Coloured spectacles He reminds me of Mark Hottiger another one who fans saw through Rose tinted specs. Give me a John Anderson any day to a Santon.

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  • nightfa11

    Jan 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #40

    if we sign 4 players for 25, 30 mio…you need to add another 10+ for agents and signings on fee… no way that will happen..

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