Are Newcastle After This Top Cameroon Defender?

Newcastle will be concentrating mainly on bringing in some strikers this summer, since that seems the number one priority, but with James Perch having left, and Dan Gosling seemingly on his way to Crystal Palace,  it could be that Joe Kinnear will also try to move center-back Mike Williamson out of the club.

Nicolas N'Koulou

Nicolas N’Koulou – 23 year-old Marseilles center-back

Mike didn’t play much at all this year, once the five Frenchmen were brought in, and while he wants to stay on Tyneside, there will be a number of flubs interested in the 6’4″ central defender if he becomes available

And if that happens Newcastle will be on the lookout for another center-back to bring into the club this summer.

One center-back we were linked with in April is Marseilles 6′ defender Nicolas N’Koulou, who still has a couple of years left on his contract at Marseilles.

And this is another in our series of focusing on young players who Newcastle may be interested in now, or in the future.

Nicholas signed on at Monaco in early 2008, and he stayed at the French club for three and a half years, and then signed in June of 2011, on a four year contract at Marseilles.

The right-footed center-back was in top form last season, and that helped Marseilles reach second place in the French League with 71 points, although they still finished a full 12 points behind Champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The player has attracted a number of Premier League clubs already, and the news in April was that Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr has been watching the player this season.

N’Koulou has played 36 times for Cameroon and he has played around 90 times for Marseilles and played around 90 times for Monaco.

With Fabricio Coloccini deciding to stay at Newcastle,  it could be that Nicholas will now not be a target this summer – and he wouldn’t come cheap.

On the transfermarket web-site he is listed as being worth around £11.5M, which is high for Newcastle, but anything seems high for Newcastle these days. 🙁

This lad is an excellent defender and he was linked with Arsenal last January, after he didn’t sign a new contract at Marseilles, but he still has two years to run on the four year deal he singed at the Mediterranean club in 2011.

Here’s some video of the 23 year-old.

What do you think?

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21 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Having his fat head used as a sanctuary for seagulls with dysentery is to good for Ashley.

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t think Ashley would pay that much for a defender but hope he proves me wrong.

  • cyprus

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    No.8 sounds an interesting approach.

  • bills-son

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Mike Ashley in a rare interview said “I love seagull shit me”.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Just couldn’t quite get him over the line 🙂

  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    personally I think sackho would be more in our price range.
    n’koulou-sackho-alderweireld, any would grace the toon shirt.but I cannot see any of the above options coming here to sit on the bench unless there is still uncertainty over colo

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    How many can see that one happening?

    …we are even paying that for a forward!

  • Slank

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think a central defender is the club’s priority. May be next year when Colo eventually leaves. At the moment we need a central striker, perhaps two, above all else.

    I don’t watch foreign games and so unlike many on this blog, don’t have much knowledge of strikers in other leagues. In the Premiership, the two strikers who have impressed me have been Remi and Lukaku. Of local talent Shane Long has long been a favourite. Suarez is exceptionally good but I just don’t like him as a person, a real nasty piece of work.

  • pawl250

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Are you kidding,

    If STaylor is exchanged for Remy which is a bargain if you ask me then we need a defender!

    We would have 4 what seems to be rarely injured defenders in Williamson, Mbiwa, Colo and N’Koulou (6m).

    Would love to get him, and by doing so free STaylor for the exchange! Allowing Remy to come in!

    Only remaining target for the window is De Jong (7m), you are talking 12-13m net spend. Less if we sell anymore players….

    I would certainly look to let Shola, Gosling and Obertan on! Maybe get a total of 2-3m for all them would mean we only spend 10m maybe less on better players!

    As far as I am concerned Simpson, Harper and Perch are replaced with younger talent or players bought in Jan.

    We would have a stronger team than this time last year if we could bring those 3 in and only lose the dead weight in the process, espeically with no EL games.

  • sparky55

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Typical Pardew blaming the players for what wrong last year.

    The plaque on Pardew’s door says the buck stops with him but just like always he’s blaming everyone else but himself.

    It just goes to show he’s got no clue and no class….he’s probably just had a bollocking off Ashley and probably JFK too…so he immediately goes and gives the players a bollocking when there’s no doubt in my mind most of the blame lays squarely on Pardew’s shoulders…it was his tactics, his set up, his mindset, his reliance on picking players who should clearly not be playing, his instructions to defend deep every time we scored a goal, his refusal to play a system to get the best from the great squad we have, and his very poor management of the fitness of our players that got us to the dizzy heights of 16th.

    There’s no doubt Ashley didn’t back Pardew she he should have last summer and there’s no doubt the players need to take some portion of the blame for their very average performances last year (mind you it must be difficult to go out on the pitch every saturday being told to play hoofball to try and sneak a goal then defend deep!) …but at the end of the day Pardew must take 80% of the blame for where we ended up last year.

    If he had any sense a reality and just a modicum of common sense he should have said something like…”lads…I got it wrong last year and I must apologise for that…but this year it’s gonna be different…we’ll be playing differently, we’ll be setting up differently, we’ll be playing to your strengths, we’ll be playing football in such a way we’ll let you express yourselves, we’ll be more expansive, we’ll be playing possession football and we’ll remain positive throughout the 90 minutes…so play for me and we’ll back in Europe next year.

    BUT NO…He tells them they’re shit and they’ve gotta step up or ship out…he’s a fcuking clueless moron

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Apart from the bloggers from different countries the majority of peoples knowledge on these obscure foreign targets is done from a filter search on FM .

  • Greebol1892

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    This is a non-starter. We are playing a dangerous game letting players go with no sign of any coming in. Changed my mind on Remy and would like to see him signed for 7m. Was our 1st choice for a long time.
    Keep that alleged footballer (no.23) away please – time up. Should be fairly easy to find better players than Gosling, Perch, Willo, Obertan, etc. Could do with a couple more like Gouffran & Sissoko (cheap but quality!)

  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Good morning Chiefs

    Today the rumour is that NUFC Officials are in Paris.
    Maybe to discuss a move for Cabaye or Gameiro to NUFC as PSG has just enrolled E.Cavani

  • Slank

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14


    Thanks, I’ll now search for ‘obscure forwards, must be foreign, must play for foreign club, and must be cheap’

    That should do it.

  • sparky55

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #15

    morning rant over…sorry for the weird spellcheck changes…does my fcuking head in but hey!

    re saylor…glad people are starting to see what a klutz he is…he’s slow on the ground, slow in the head and his only endearing feature is his application and effort…but that’s just not enough in the modern game is it!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #16

    If Remy, De Jong and replacements for who ever left were to come in then Mashley would rightly get the credit he deserves.See opening word of post !

  • Slank

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17


    I think buying clubs travel to selling clubs and not the other way round, hopefully !

  • geordie157

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Harry Maguire, Wijnaldum and S.De Jong please. Plus maybe a young striker

    Let Gosling, Shola, Williamson and Obertan go, would rather see some youngsters have a chance than them, ie Inman, Newton, Dummett.

    If Debuchy has a poor first half of the season, bring in Corchia or young Byram from Leeds in Jan.

  • pawl250

    Jul 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19


    As much as I think Pardew if average, you have to remember the players are the ones on the pitch.

    Ultimatley the players are to blame more than anyone.

    Like any job though MA/DL would have told Pardew it was not good enough, his superiors.

    It is then Pardews job to relate the same to his team of coaches and players. I do not think this is him placing blame. More like I had my a$$ chewed so this cannot happen again, we are better than this and I expect 100%. Its more like a motivator than him placing blame.

    Thinking he is trying to avoid blame is just biased hatred.

    As stated in my profession if my superior told me off, I would then relate the same feelings to my team as they are part of the problem. Definetly in this case!

  • wynsleap

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed – you keep putting out headlines like “Are Newcastle after this attacking midfielder?”, “Are Newcastle after this top young defender?”, “Are Newcastle in for this exciting young winger?” etc.
    When are you going to do one which says, “Are Newcastle in for anyone?”

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail for Ashley @ 1.

    Seagulls are a bit choosy where they do their ablutions and finding one willing to enter that void may prove tricky!


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