Newcastle Now Reported After Lyon Center-Back

There is news in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle are trying to arrange for the transfer of 25 year-old Lyon defender Bakary Kone, and as far as we can tell this is the first time the Magpies have been linked with Kone.

Olympique Marseille's Kone runs for the ball during his French Ligue 1 soccer match against Paris Saint Germain in Marseille

Bakary Kone – Lyon’s 25 year-old defender

Kone was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and moved to French club Guingamp in 2006, and he joined Lyon in August, 2011 and he signed a five-year deal for €3.8M (£3.2M).

Cardiff City are also said to also be interested in the 6’2″ right-footed center-back, who has played 23 times for Burkina Faso.

Last season he played 27 times with one goal for Lyon, and Kone has a total of 72 total appearances for Lyon with 5 goals over the last couple of seasons.

And while at Guingamp,  the 25 year-old played 129 times with 9 goals.

The news is that Newcastle are willing to pay out £10M for Kone and Gomis as a double bid, and the cash that Newcastle pay for their transfer targets will certainly help  Lyon out on the financial side of things.

We’d be a little surprised if Newcastle do bring in a  defender, but if we do, we would then expect Mike Williamson to be moved out of the club before September rolls around.

What do you think?

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72 comments so far

  • Bring Back Laurent Robert

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #1

    We into triple figures with players linked yet?

  • HullMag6

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Sounds promising. We’ll see…..
    Night y’all

  • Miguel

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Bring kone, gomis, remy in for 16 mill
    Sell willo and cisse for 16 mill


  • RonVanDam

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Willo actually had a better game then Saylor yesterday. If willo added more pace, reflex and balls to his game i bet he’ll start ahead of Saylor

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Still yet to be persuaded we’ll make more than one signing this summer.

    Hopfully, as that’s JK’s only remit, he will be be held accountable for such failure. Even though he was likely appointed knowing barely anything would be spent.


    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #6

    LATE NEWS LADS N’ Lasses, been on the road …

    Was at my brothers wedding on Friday with
    John Beresford ..

    We offered Cisse to Swansea City + for Michu ..knocked back .. Amalfitano might be added to the offer . .thats the patter going round the corridors as of last week

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Who needs cisse when u have a front line of HBA Gomis and remy, and hopefully Cabayes behind Gomis, not Sisoko!
    Possibly better than HBA Cisse and Ba when we finish 5th. More suited to 4-3-3

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #8

    This is what the team can look like next season
    Not my prefered, but how I can see Pardew lining it up

    Debs – colo – mbia – santon
    Cabaye – tioti
    Hba – sisoko – remy

    On paper looks a solid side. Although I would swap cabs and sisoko, but like I said can see Pardew settin up like this

  • toonicle

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Would he be happy playing behind Mbiwa, Colo and probably STaylor? I doubt it. I suppose him and Taylor playing Cup games and the like could work.

  • musomag

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Sick of all the speculation and no activity.

    Any jobs going at NUFC Mr Ashley? Sounds like a cushty place to WORK, what do you Reckon Joe? Alan?

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Can’t see this story bein true, as there has bein plenty of confirmation about gomis, but not this guy. Pardew says he feels we’re strong at the back

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #12

    online – evening – if your info is correct it looks like it might be curtains for Cisse.
    I would have thought that anyone up to date with what is happening in the PL would know that Laudrup has signed Bony -in order to form a partnership with Michu – not to replace him. (They may well tear the PL defences apart this season). So a bit, just a bit disturbing that the Toon are wasting time taking an interest in players who are clearly not available to anybody.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d like to know the full worth of this Wonga deal. It surely has to carry far more benefit to Newcastle than the apparent cash involved for Ashley to sanction it, considering he surely at least must have had some idea of the fall out that was to come with it. Or is this just another sorry blunder in a never ending hapless saga.

    I back Cisse to the hilt, despite the shades of grey surrounding his integrity. How can you force someone to publically endorse something they find unconscionable?


    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #14


    Had a few laughs with Bez …Swansea are valuing Michu at 20 mill ! ..Michu is more of a midfield player? in his normal natural old role? ..I think thats right although last season he was more of a out and out striker … really thoughtful quick thinking player …If we bought every player we have been going after as first choice we would be top 4 according to bez . I never like to push too hard with questions …one or 2 is fine but after that its best to leave it, after a pint or 2 you learn something ! I will keep you posted as Bro is with him for the next few months…

  • lesh

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #15

    musomag…. Submit your application by all means but you know how it is, Ashley uses advisors to sift through the many thousands of application the club receives daily.

    Then, there’s further shortlisting, assessment centres, psychometric testing, and then the field’s narrowed down to a final six for a series of series of interviews. Then, the best three are invited for drinks with Ashley at the Orange Tree. Last one standing gets the job!

    But in certain cases when there’s no need for the preliminaries as the candidate is world renowned in his/ her field, it’s just drinks with Ashley – again, last one standing gets the job.

    But, he warned, he doesn’t take bull-shitters. You still keen?

  • lesh

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Mr Tuff, it may be disturbing we appear to be wasting time taking an interest in players who are clearly not available to anybody, but it surely can’t be surprising can it.

  • jarnytoon

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #17

    that’s the wrong bakary kone

    that pic is arouna kones bother – he’s ivorian and 33ish

    the one from lyon is 24/25 and from burkino faso

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #18

    “If we bought every player we have been going for we would be top 4”

    That’s speaks to the very heart of the ambiguity surrounding Newcastle. Does Ashley have genuine ambitions for the club and is being thwarted by circumstances he can’t control, or is his pursuit of top players non existent beyond paper talk and idle conversation.

    I tend to think its just that much more difficult to get real quality to come to us, but at the end of the day who really knows why we miss out as often as we seem to.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m not sure of the exact figures, but I’m sure MA has a done with wonga worth something like 30million over 4 years. What ever it is, its worth more money than Cisse is. We all know which way MA head will turn


    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #20

    Lesh, have you ever spoken to Keith Harris .


    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Jimmysmith ..zat you ?

    hero… Michu, the offer was rea.. totally ..also sniffing around Birmingham City, Guess who ..old news …..Done them a favour with a loan deal for one of our lads ..I already knew that though.

  • LeToonARMY

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #22
  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Lesh – I would not be surprised at anything Toon related. The “apparent” lack of signings so far is a concern, as is Percy yet again altering what he has said previously about the squad, and the need for an extra CB. Really do not know what to believe anymore.
    You never know -there may be things happening in the background to get some named players (quality) signed up -looks so far that most of the quality potentially available forwards have signed for other teams. We surely cannot fall into last years trap.

  • LeToonARMY

    Jul 25, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #24

    I think we should get Alain Traore
    Lorient are thought to want up to £5million to sell the striker, who has scored six goals in 15 matches so far this season.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 25, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Worrying thing is all other clubs r saying let’s get this transfer completed and over the line sooner rather than later, where as we seem to think it will be a good idea to wait a few months and save some spare change. We don’t seem 2 be learning from our mistakes as other teams seem to come along as well.

  • shearermania

    Jul 25, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #26

    in hindsight it probably wasnt the smartest idea i had yesterday when i decided to wear my newcastle kit to the MCG last night for liverpools game against Melbourne…i somehow had forgotten the 0-6 mauling at st james’ last season….anyway about 95000 liverpool supporters reminded me……oh boy the abuse – they didnt peticular like it either everytime Henderson had the ball that i was shouting “dirty mackem b@stard”
    anyway at least Jose Enrique signed my shirt…he was class…

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 25, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Shearermania, more power to ya pal, you’ve won the admiration of any Geordie who reads that post and it epitomizes our hopeless yet fantastic state of being, stupid as mud, carry on regardless. I couldn’t empathize or respect you more, true fan!

  • lesh

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Online……. Keith Harris? As in Orville? Anyway, not as far as I know.

  • whatsup

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #29

    We cant even sign one player at at time never adding 2 into the one transaction.

  • Crow59

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #30

    I know from experience that last year everything transfer wise was very hush hush and even staff within the club were unaware of transfer targets and dealings. But i do wonder under the jfk regime if things are different and some of what is coming out through both the press and the blog are infact correct. Time will tell

  • 89Norcal

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #31

    @NUFCTransfersFB: Speaking on TV ahead of a Real Madrid friendly, Lyon’s President says NUFC’s move for Gomis is progressing

  • shearermania

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    Comment #32

    jimmysmith…thanks for your kind words….must admit most real liverfool supporters shook their heads and thought i was crazy….(luckily for me they dont have a hooligan culture in Oz – otherwise i probably wouldnt be around today)…\
    but i confess to feeling very jealous when 95000 sang youll never walk alone – goosebumps…its such a powerfull anthem…and couldnt help imagining how it would sound with 95000 singing Blaydon Races

  • 89Norcal

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #33

    Shearermania was that really you?

    Thought i saw some people talking about it on twitter.

  • shearermania

    Jul 25, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #34

    yes that would probably be me as i was the only one in black and white im certain….

  • Toon73

    Jul 25, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #35

    hey Shearermania I would have flown down to Melbourne but I hate the Tards with a passion and Liverfool are not on my xmas card list either. Watched the game on 7mate still had no idea who to cheers for. 🙂

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 25, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Comment #36

    Yeah, pretty amazing to draw that sized crowd on the other size of the globe and to have such an iconic anthem sung so genuinely. Football is the shit!

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 25, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Comment #37

    We will always be an ambitionless and clueless club so long as we are owned by Mike Ashley and employ morons like Joke Kinnear.

    whilst sunderland finished one place below us in the table last season, theyve already signed 8 players and di canio is still talking of adding two full backs and a midfielder .

    Our squad has very obvious holes and aeaknesses in certain positions yet half way through the summer transfer window and we have not made one single addition to the squad. We need a new owner to get us out of this nightmare!!!

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jul 25, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Ahh but remember everyone- Sports Direct has ‘sources’ who say we are after Rooney!

    How insulting was that article? I think that may well be the lowest Ashley has gone in this whole thing. Seriously. It was practically mocking us.

    Anyway, I’m still not keen on Gomis. Have many of you watched him much? He’s got a really clumsy first touch and doesn’t make great decisions.

    Also, isn’t it just yet another reason to hoofy hoof the thing as if terrified of the ball? After all, no matter what some national media claim, that is how we played ALL of last season- not just whilst struggling later in the season.

    I just wish we could get a quality, fast incisive forward to play on the left and go back to that 4-3-3 which was actually exciting!

  • p

    Jul 25, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #39

    More bollox, we are not after any defenders

    Also, when was the last time any team did any player swap deal, it never happens these days.

    Gomis, remy and gignac, i reckon we are trying to sign them but trying does not mean we will get them

  • Toon73

    Jul 25, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #40

    Rent and Bent for me. Both can score goals in the prem Gomis is a gamble.

    Either way, looking forward to seeing how we totally fcuk it up and get neither.


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