Newcastle Interested In Top French International Midfielder


The Newcastle Journal this morning reported that Newcastle were keeping tabs on PSG defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

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Blaise Matuidi – Newcastle keeping tabs on player

Newcastle were first linked with Matuidi back in March of 2011, and there is a decent chance that PSG could make the 12 times capped French International midfielder available in the summer.

Newcastle definitely need strikers this summer, but we also are not too well stocked with  central midfield players, and both Tiote and Cabaye had poor seasons last term, and new boy Vurnon Anita didn’t seem to be given much of a chance, especially after the five Frenchmen arrived in January.

The Toulouse born 26 year-old started his career with Troyes back in 2004, and then moved to St. Etienne in 2007, and then joined PSG in the summer of 2011.

He has played 84 times with 8 goals for the Paris based side, and it seems Newcastle would be interested in Blaise if PSG decide to let him leave this summer.

Matuidi is a strong tackler and would seem to fit right in with the French players already at the Tyneside club – but this would also go against manager Alan Pardew’s preference for players with Premier League experience.

Matuidi is a good player, and he appeared 25 times for the French U21 side, and stands 5’9″ tall, and when he moved two years ago to PSG from St. Etienne, he cost around £6.5M.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • Constanstine

    May 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #1

    A decent deal if we can offload Tiote.

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 24, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #2

    trouble with PSG players is wages

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  • Mark the Mag

    May 24, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Lets get Tiote back to his best, his is a warrior just needs better coaching. Couldn’t believe it when Pardrew had him trying to burst into the box mid-season, just not his game. The manager needs to come up with a plan for our midfield to get the best out of these struggling players Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Anita – all brilliant players just played out of position by a negative unimaginative manager.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    May 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Sell Tiote and replace him with Matudi

    Instant upgrade!!!

    Why bother with a midfielder who can only tackle and who cant even do that properly lets get someone in who can tackle properly and can also do something with the ball when he wins it

    Get Matudi in watched him play against Spain and him and Pogba were bossing the midfield until Pogba got sent off !!

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  • tom68

    May 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Cracking player would be a quality signing

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  • niafron

    May 24, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Bonsoir messieurs.

    What a fine joke…

    The lad who spread this news really think we are donkeys.

    Sorry to break your wet dreams lads, Matuidi will not sign for NUFC.

    There’s maybe a chance for PEA however if there’s not big offer from Arsenal or Dortmund.

    As long as i m concerned, his profile is perfect for us.

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    May 24, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #7

    What Matuidi? Surely there’s no chance!

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  • jonobbad

    May 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #8

    If we’re supposed to be backing pardew after a terrible season, then why not also back tiote after one too.
    If we get the tiote of 11/12 season back he would be in my starting 11 every game.

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  • niafron

    May 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #9

    There’s no chance.

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  • Mark the Mag

    May 24, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Another French Leauge player were linked with, him, Sakho and PEA. Also hearing Thauvin who we missed out on in January has been on fire and is going to be a big star next season. Shame

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  • Mark the Mag

    May 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #11

    jonobbad
    exactly mate, Tiote could be immense again, he was the best defensive mid along with Song not long ago.

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  • croftus5678

    May 24, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #12

    not calling tiote at all as he’s a great player if he can get his form back.
    but this lad does look good and we can maybe get the cost of him from the sale of tiote !

    however we need wingers/strikers before i will even think of cheering on any other type of player signings ! and if we dont sign strikers/wingers i will only think we have wasted time on these type of deals when we could have spent time on the more priority signings.

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  • S-G

    May 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Wish people would get off tiote’s back. He’s had a bad season, who has’nt in black n white this year? Every player has a bad spell in their career and this is his. Lets stick with him and he will show why he is or can be the best cdm in the prem.

    as for matuidi, good player who i would welcome but we have no cm? Sissoko, anita, cabaye, tiote, bigi, gosling and u can throw in the likes of perch aswell think we have numbers at least there

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  • gfp13

    May 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Matuidi is a top player but for me stocking a team with 1 nationality is only beneficial if its the country the team is playing in. I.e French players in France, British as a generalisation for the premiership…. It could possibly work if we had a French speaking manager but I don’t think it’s a good plan to keep adding French players without offloading a few.

    I think it’s time we started to look at the Portuguese, Dutch, Belgian and other leagues where players are of a high standard but still quite cheap. I’d like more British players too but right now they cost a bomb

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  • Sav

    May 25, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #15

    I don’t want to sound like Julie Andrews, but “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sissoko” is a refrain that keeps playing in my head. Isn’t he a defensive midfielder? There’s no doubt Moussa can be a big player. But how to get the best out of his versatility?

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  • widowmagandapoke

    May 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #16

    GFP, here’s a point. These other countries you mention usually speak fairly good English.The French are not encouraged to learn our language like the others.
    Also we need strikers before anything else.

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