The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United Football Club By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle Now Reported After Lyon Center-Back

12:08 am, Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 72 Comments

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?

Note: We are trying to help Ingo Hagemann who is an International student at Northumbria University studying for an MSc in Sports Marketing, and he’s doing a survey as part of his Masters dissertation. The survey is on the controversial sponsorship between Wonga and Newcastle and it takes only five to ten minutes to complete.

Please help Ingo by taking the survey here – many thanks.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at


Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


72 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    We into triple figures with players linked yet?

  • 2 HullMag6 // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM

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

  • 3 Miguel // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM

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


  • 4 RonVanDam // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    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

  • 5 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    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.

  • 6 ONLINE GUY // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    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

  • 7 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    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

  • 8 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    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

  • 9 toonicle // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    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.

  • 10 musomag // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    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?

  • 11 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    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

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jul 25, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    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.

  • 13 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    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?

  • 14 ONLINE GUY // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM


    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…

  • 15 lesh // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    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?

  • 16 lesh // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    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.

  • 17 jarnytoon // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    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

  • 18 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    “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.

  • 19 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    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

  • 20 ONLINE GUY // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Lesh, have you ever spoken to Keith Harris .

  • 21 ONLINE GUY // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    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.

  • 22 LeToonARMY // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    Check out this vid..

  • 23 Mister Tuff // Jul 25, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    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.

  • 24 LeToonARMY // Jul 25, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    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.

  • 25 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 25, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    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.

  • 26 shearermania // Jul 25, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    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…

  • 27 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    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!

  • 28 lesh // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM

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

  • 29 whatsup // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:33 AM

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

  • 30 Crow59 // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:48 AM

    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

  • 31 89Norcal // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:50 AM

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

  • 32 shearermania // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    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

  • 33 89Norcal // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Shearermania was that really you?

    Thought i saw some people talking about it on twitter.

  • 34 shearermania // Jul 25, 2013 at 3:59 AM

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

  • 35 Toon73 // Jul 25, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    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. :)

  • 36 jimmysmith // Jul 25, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    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!

  • 37 Ben3arfa // Jul 25, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    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!!!

  • 38 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jul 25, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    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!

  • 39 p // Jul 25, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    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

  • 40 Toon73 // Jul 25, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    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.

  • 41 Santon03 // Jul 25, 2013 at 6:12 AM

    players that we need to sell are Amalfitano, Gosling, and Cisse.
    Players need to go on loan are Tav, Abeid, and Sammy (if we signed wide or strikers).

    Cisse definitely need to be sold imo. His mind and heart are nolonger with NUFC. There are others with the same belief but didn’t act like him. Wonga sponsorship was announced early this year, why act now when transfer window is open? and what he’s doing gave us more bad publicity outside UK especially in countries where muslims are majority.

  • 42 Ben3arfa // Jul 25, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    By the way I dont think anyone noticed but Ed has a pic of the wrong Bakari Kone .

    The one above is the very short forward from the Ivory Coast and who previously played for Marseilles

  • 43 Santon03 // Jul 25, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    On our transfer targets, I had this feeling that the names that are mentioned so far are not our real targets.
    I think we will sign 1 or 2 players before mid august, new signings has to be right and worth the money not just any player or we will have another Amalfitano, Gosling, and Obertan.

  • 44 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 25, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Don’t rate this lad at all, not much of an upgrade on Willo IMO!

    Just get the strikers in… ASAP!

  • 45 Hatem's better than Messi // Jul 25, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    95000 at a Liverpool friendly … about 6 in the crowd at the Portugal friendlies.

    Even preseason is a f… up (again). Unplanned and cobbled together at the last minute.

    It’s a joke no bids put in yet. No time for new players to train together and learn each other’s game.
    The club is so badly run, lucky it’s WC2014 or we’d be relegated.

  • 46 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Interesting article/interview with the new Archbishop of Canterbuy

    ‘Payday lender Wonga is facing a fight for survival after the Archbishop of Canterbury insisted he wants to “compete” it out of existence.
    The Most Rev Justin Welby wants to force it out of business by expanding the Church of England’s credit union plans.

    He told Wonga boss ‘we’re not in the business of trying to legislate you out of existence, we’re trying to compete you out of existence’,” he told Total Politics magazine’.

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Interesting story that. Not sure that the Church of England will be capable of fighting Wonga out of competition. They are huge out in South Africa, and I’d imagine they are in other countries as well (definitely Canada, and I think Poland but could be wrong there). They are always advertised during sporting events (probably during other things, but I only watch the sport as I don’t have TV at my house so go to the bars.)

    At the end of the day, the Church of England will not be able to compete with a company that has won numerous credit technology and consumer awards since its beginning without charging high fees as well. Or, it will result in the financial complications for the CoE.

  • 48 sparky55 // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    WELL SAID ARCHBISHOP…While you’re at it can you try to install that kind of mindset in our beloved manager who it appears doesn’t seem to want to compete at anything nowadays.

  • 49 thai-mag // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    we cant get gomis “over the line” now we are going to complicate it by going for kone also, what a joke

  • 50 SeanNufc87 // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    How many pl clubs have a starting 11 all international players?

  • 51 JAMSHA // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:43 AM


  • 52 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Maybe they should ban Pay day loan ads on television as they do with cigarettes – Who gives the awards probably other banks and the Tory government who get large donations from Wonga directors

    Don’t know how but some way somehow something has got to be done.

  • 53 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    I’d say that probably half the clubs in the Prem could field all international player 11′s. Maybe more, but I would have to actually look at it.

  • 54 onepeterb // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Perhaps the Church of England should consider sharing some of its own wealth

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Morning lads!

    Does anyone know what Joke Kinnear aka the selfcrowned “Fisher King” keeper of the Holy Grail is doing?

    …he is not signing players apparently!!! Maybe he has forgotten how to ;-) lol

    Amateur Club!

  • 56 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Most of the awards are from Newspapers, an consumer groups, with a couple from internet awards for website and digital innovation. Only 1 is from a finance group. Anyway, largely irrelevant there awards.

    The CoE has had plenty of opportunities to help out the state and the public in its history, but has more often being interested in maintaining or increasing its own wealth.

    As for Payday lenders, the fact that they exist is because there is a market for them. That is a problem that Governments globally and society has caused. The only way to remove them without causing greater harm to a large number of people is for society to lift itself above needing them. In this age of corporate and personal greed, there is little chance of getting to that stage without an initial meltdown of the economic institutions.

    Sad and a damning indictment of life and society today, but true.

  • 57 Bambams // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    We have not put any bids in for players because we have not sold any yet to pay for them
    Ashley is waiting for PSG bid for Cabaye……
    Self financing club
    That’s my take, it does not take this long to sign a player!
    Can be the only reason

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Regular internationals or just internationally capped?
    I suppose the top 3 ie Manure Citeh and Chelsea
    Arsenal maybe? Possibly Spurs and Liverpool? And us!

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    The net spend in 2012 was about 12M and this year it has been 11M so my biggest worry is that if a big bid doesn’t come in for a big player then Mashleys game of chance will see us try to do without another striker.

  • 60 Slank // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:09 AM


    Well said.

    This is the same CoE that has opt outs of the law on equal rights for gays and women. This is the same organisation along with the Catholic church that turned a blind eye to its employees sexually abusing young boys and girls.

    Glass houses, stones and people come to mind.

  • 61 G // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Sorry I’m late to the party. I’m more impressed that Online Guy’s brother has married Bez.

  • 62 Jamiemac // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    I’m usually an optimist but this is starting to pss me off now! We know who our targets are so stop being a stingy b*stard MA and pay the small change you can easily afford. We’re so so close to having a great squad

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    From the Happy Mondays ?

  • 64 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Does anybody know who the bloke in the picture actually is at the top of the page!

  • 65 Toon_Tom // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    TADS – it is Yssouf Kone i think

  • 66 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Ah lol! Must of been early when ed looked for a picture! ;)

  • 67 BRABOT // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    N 64
    Good Morning
    It is Baky Kone,un petit ailier ivoirien qui a
    joué a NICE et O Marseille 5,6 Yeats ago

  • 68 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    And still we wait…

    The situation was ridiculous before, and still we mess about. The longer we go on making hard work of transfers the less time they have with the players to start to blend in. They’ve already missed this vital part of pre-season. It leaves Pardew more ammunition for his cringeworthy list of excuses.

    It’s so frustrating when morons are dealing with something that you have no control over, whilst everyone man and their dog can see it needs handling differently.

  • 69 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Has anyone got their tickets for the Rangers friendly?

  • 70 lesh // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew // Jul 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    It’s not just that Kinnear’s forgotten how to sign players, I wonder if he even knows how to dress himself these days!

    Oh, and good morning all, big smiles to start the day?

    Say yes and let’s all try to be positive today eh?

  • 71 musomag // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    @ 15 haha Lesh you’re absolutely right. To be honest though I was really just chancing my arm asking for a job as I would be totally out of my depth at NUFC……..actually, scrap that, I’ve just been offered an 8 year contract !

    There appears to be some confusion relating to the player being mentioned in the original post; allow me to clarify…
    What Joe actually said was “it’s a larvly day, I’m off to the shop to buy myself a cone, probably call at the bakery on the way coz Pardew’s looking a bit light”
    Apparently we’re being linked with a player called Greggs

  • 72 hadthetshirt // Jul 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    How would “Bez” know who were trying to sign.Even jfk doesn’t know that man.
    Another ITK
    as a matter of interest has any of the so called ITK’s ever been right.They slag some numpty on twitter and have the gaul to say they know better hehehehe only at the toon.

previous post: Lyon Still Waiting for Newcastle Offer For Gomis

next post: Newcastle Pursuing Dutch U21 International