It’s been reported that Newcastle tried to bring 25 year-old French International midfielder Etienne Capoue to Tyneside, but we didn’t get him and we suppose we were not willing to pay the price that finally got him to Tottenham for €11M (£9.4M).
Etienne Capoue – another Newcastle target
In July, Capoue’s club Toulouse accepted a £9.4M bid from Premier League newcomers Cardiff City, but as in the case of Tom Ince of Blackpool, an agreement could not be reached and Capoue did not join the Welsh side.
And then in mid August the 7 times capped Internatioanl completed a £9.4M transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.
So our question is if Newcastle really wanted this player, where were we when both Cardiff City and Tottenham agreed the transfer fee with Toulouse.
Of course it could be that Newcastle were only interested in signing the 7 times capped Frenchman if Yohan Cabaye had left Newcastle for Arsenal.
But if Newcastle are going to build a good side for the future, we must beat smaller and lesser known clubs like Cardiff City to our top targets.
Mike Ashley must also become more aggressive and more ambitious for Newcastle, and he also has to be willing to spend the money, when we are going after top players.
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