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Newcastle Linked With Senegal International Defender

9:22 am, Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

Newcastle United were first linked with Anderlecht center-back Cheikhou Kouyate last summer, and we were also reported to be interested in the player last November.

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Cheikhou Kouyate – versatile player

The 23-year-old 6’4″ Senegal International has been linked before with Arsenal, but the most recent report is that both Newcastle and Southampton are interested in the defender.

talkSPORT is reporting he’s a target of Newcastle, and it seems that either Fabricio Coloccini or Mike Williamson will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, and even both could be moving on – so we will be linked with a number of center-backs this summer.

The Dakar, Senegal born player moved to Brussels back in 2007, and then joined Anderlecht the following year, and has played around 200 times for the Belgium club.

Cheikhou has played 5 times for the full Senegal National side, and also for the Senegal U20 and U2 sides, and he can play at center-back and also in defensive midfield – so his versatility would be a plus for Newcastle.

The right footed player  is rated at around £7M by his club, which should be within Newcastle’s budget, and it will be interesting to see if we can get this player through the door this summer.

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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // May 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Should have signed this lad in January, such a powerhouse

  • 2 Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand // May 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Did I miss the announcement that we’ve changed “over the line” to “through the door”?

    Don’t tell me we’ve also changed the “purple” theory too?

    I can’t handle this much change.

  • 3 woodsee // May 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Cant we buy anyone with less than 8 vowels in there name,very difficult to make up a chant

  • 4 NUFCarter // May 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    If anyone thinks our away kit is bad take a look at liverpools away kit…….

  • 5 archaeomag // May 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Toon linked with . . .
    Toon player linked with . . .

    I declare open season for buckets of poo thrown at the News Wall – till some of it sticks. . . .

  • 6 Rainrix // May 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Bizarre i didn’t know the BNP had a big presence in belgium, good on them for branching out! :)

  • 7 roshan MAGPIE // May 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    we have an African forward a mid fielder now if we sign him we will also have a defender so if we have ACON then we will loose three players there itself forget about injuries and suspension s more reasons for pardew to give to the press

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Woodsee, Repost
    Anita received 3 MOM’s in a row, and then was dropped. He is adjusting to a new culture and league, and to do that needs games. By you logic there, last season Routledge was just as good as HBA, as both had only had a few good games for the club. Anita is still a Dutch international, 1 poor season doesn’t alter that, just like Guthries handful of decent appearances don’t change the fact he is an average player.

    As for the selling issue, Man U sold Ronaldo for Cash, (Carroll), Stam as he caused issues with his book (Barton), Van Nistelrroy as he was aging and wanted a long contract (Nolan), Pogba left as he wanted out (Enrique). All of that makes them just as much of a selling club when compared to our notable departures since promotion.

  • 9 Markaccus // May 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Rainrix…. I was more concerned with the irony of a black man wearing BNP on his shirt!

  • 10 Rainrix // May 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Markaccus…. :) they should blow that image up and use it as there official banner, might be good publicity for them.

  • 11 Markaccus // May 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    It sounds like a sneeze…. it sounds like a sneee-ee-eeze
    Cheikhou Kouyate,
    it sounds like a sneeze.

  • 12 Markaccus // May 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Rainrix.. yeah with the slogan:-

    BNP…..Honest, we’re not really racist!

  • 13 Spoof // May 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    At 6ft 4″ this lad might score from a corner, providing of course that Cabaye learns how to take one?

  • 14 Rainrix // May 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Markaccus…. In fact we’re offering all non-white people a special welcome package on joining. A crucifix, twine, nails and petrol. Join today! :)

  • 15 stuart no9 // May 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    one has got to ask the question – if every thing is ok in the dressing room , and things are as pardew reckons ‘ ok with players and they are all together , why is it then , that the season hasnt finished yet and cabaye ia already on the plane back to france , or wherever he will end up ? not the actions of a man having a ball – or relishing the thought of another year playing nonsense football under pardew. I Thought players came to england to enhance their international career ? maybe they do ! but this is newcastle we are talking about here.! also – has the 5 year plan officially been scrapped ? or have they started another one ??? 7 years would be a good plan ! that would bring pardew up to retiring age , and make ashley mega bucks for his daughters inheritance.!

  • 16 Transfer Sage // May 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I think we need to stop buying African players until the ACON moves to once every 4 years.

    Every two years losing a player in a crucial time of the season for up to 6 weeks doesn’t help at all.

    They may well be excellent players but we already lose 2 boys to the ACON, that’s enough.

  • 17 tom68 // May 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Morning guys,

    On SSN now they are reporting that Pochettino May be leaving Southampton. He has them playing lovely football

  • 18 Rainrix // May 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Sage… Is there a reason they dont move it forward to the summer? If they do it odd years they can easily avoid clashing with the world cup.

  • 19 Tsunki // May 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Hang on whats all this about Wayne Rooney?

    Has he really got silly big ears? :)

  • 20 Markaccus // May 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    NUFCarter. Those strips….. Welcome to the 80′s!
    Didi you see one of the comments.. “The home shirt looks like a manc top and the other two look like the screen when a commodore 64 freezes”
    That made me chuckle

  • 21 Transfer Sage // May 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM


    I think it is to do with weather/temperature, not 100% sure though.

    Even once every 4 years in a winter is fine, it’s just with it every 2 years.

  • 22 Tsunki // May 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Hmm. Southampton not full of stars either.

  • 23 Spoof // May 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    They won’t move it to the summer due to the high temperatures in Africa, I’m afraid that we will be stuck with it for the forseeable future

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I think his scoring record is pretty poor, he has 1 in 30 this season I think, and not many in the years prior either….

  • 25 davis_toons // May 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Alan got to understand that David William Moyes (born 25 April 1963) is a Scottish.

    Alan can only be classified as one of the best strikers in the world.

    Column writing is just past time to full retirement.

  • 26 Rainrix // May 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Sage… Ah that would make sense i guess, wouldn’t be my idea of fun playing football in african levels of heat. Still it does seem like the CAF is making things more difficult than it needs to be.

  • 27 Jamiemac // May 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    want this man!!!

  • 28 Rainrix // May 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Spoof… Sage beat you to it :). But yeah that does make a lot of sense .

  • 29 Transfer Sage // May 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM


    The african countries are often quite poor too so having it every 2 years makes them more money so I think that will continue for a long time.

    Only way it will stop is if FIFA says they must do it every 4 years or be banned from international set up…but they wouldn’t do that.

  • 30 tom68 // May 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Someone like Pochettino would be a great fit for our technical players. If I close my eyes I can picture it now :)

  • 31 davis_toons // May 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    What we are afraid of Alan Pardew was his reasoning.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM


    For half of the continent it is cooler in your summer months than it is in your winter months. Nothing to do with the weather. I’m not entirely sure why it is when it is.

  • 33 Rainrix // May 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Sage… Guess we’re stuck with it then :|

  • 34 Transfer Sage // May 16, 2013 at 9:54 AM


    Well i wasn’t sure how it worked.

    I imagine its the balance, some countries are too hot in the summer months but in winter all will be acceptable, ranging from cooler to hot but still playable.

  • 35 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM


    It is the start of winter in the majority of Sub Saharan Africa now. Granted, it isn’t cold, but it is a lot cooler then when they do play the ACON.

  • 36 Spoof // May 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    That’s typical of us, we need a commanding CB who can score a few for us, and at 6ft 4″ you would think that he fits the bill, but them we find out that he gets frightened at the site of the opponents goalkeeper and never scores a goal, as I said, typical, oh well, back to the drawing board, cheers m8, my morning is now flat lol

  • 37 NUFCarter // May 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    yeah, liverpool fans hate it haha.

  • 38 spitfire_ // May 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Pardew canceled his question and answer time on BBC Newcastle on 19th May without any explanation.

  • 39 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    It will only be the north of Africa that is hotter at this time of year, down here below theequator weare just starting winter. The last 2 ACON’s have been played at the back end of the hot season.

  • 40 Rainrix // May 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Well the next afcon is in libya so that would be a definite no go in summer. The world cup in south africa wasnt to bad. Depends on the country i guess.

  • 41 Greebol1892 // May 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM


    Some brilliant comments on there! LOL!
    Me personally, I love the 2nd & 3rd kits but the home shirt makes me light-headed……

  • 42 Spoof // May 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I did not know that, so why on earth do they play it in winter then, it makes no sense at all, having said that, footballing orthorities don’t seem to be blessed with to much common sense, so perhaps that’s the reason

  • 43 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Interesting that Pardew cancelled. I expected the questions to be heavily censored, as he will get to see them before he goes on air, and the media/pr people will have looked them over. Maybe they viewed it as too much of a risk after hearing what the questions were.

  • 44 stuart no9 // May 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    davis toons @ 25
    Alan got to understand that David William Moyes (born 25 April 1963) is a Scottish.

    dont understand your point here mate.!

  • 45 Transfer Sage // May 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM


    They said they will let all though, providing the people aren’t offensive.

    It has had an explanation, Pardew said he thought it would be better if we finished the season and he kept focus on the arsenal game.

    I agree, after his tongue in cheek comments about not caring about the arsenal game I think it’s important he shows the fans as well as spurs he is taking the game seriously and a Q&A isn’t the best way.

    Can do that next week, hoping for next friday.

  • 46 Transfer Sage // May 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM


    I don’t know the african climate well but just guessing.

    In jan is it safe temp for all countries where summer maybe has some coutnries where it is too hot to play safely for players/fans?

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I’m not sure, I can tell you though, after playing on Saturday afternoon, it was much preferable to when we played in January. Still incredibly hot, but much more bearable. A lot of league seasons are going on at the minute, although they run through the hot season and just skip the rainy season. However, if you grow up playing in the heat you are more acclimatised so they may not see it as a major issue.

    As for Kouyate, don’t get too downhearted! Remi Streete scored from a corner against Consett last night!

  • 48 nufcjohn56 // May 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    this is a piece from a few years ago now but it explains why the acon is in january.

  • 49 Owldman // May 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Transfer Saga temperature in Libya is quite cool in January spent two & a half years there with the RAF, blistering in the summer though.

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