Italian Powerhouse After Newcastle Midfielder In January

There are several reports, one of which is in the Mirror, that Italian club Roma are interested in getting Yohan Cabaye in January, and maybe there’s some credibility in the report, because former Cabaye manager at Lille, Rudi Garcia is now the Roma manager.

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Yohan Cabaye – Roma now interested in Newcastle midfielder

Garcia was manager of Lille for five years from 2008 until last summer, and he knows all about Yohan Cabaye, who has been in good form for Newcastle this season, but we hope all the summer talk about him leaving does not all start up again in January.

AS Roma are currently top of the Italian League after 11 games played, and 10 wins in a row and 25 goals scored and only two conceded, and Roma are 3 points ahead of both Napoli and Juventus.

Roma seem willing to make a £12M for Cabaye, but this is still not near the £20M fee that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will demand for his favorite Newcastle player.

We have to hope that we don’t have another circus this January, and we also hope that Yohan’s head is not turned by Roma coming after him, like it was when Arsenal came in for him in August,  and he refused to play for the team.

Yohan needs to keep his head down and keep playing well for Newcastle, and by January we have a chance to be higher up in the league table.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #1

    their owners are like mike ashley, may be slightly better.

  • Ciaran

    Nov 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Before it became abundantly clear that Ashley had no ambition for this club, I actually thought we had a chance of hiring Garcia…

    Simpler times…

  • Graeme

    Nov 5, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #3

    The FCB parting with dreamboat – you know it aint going to happen.

    I can see why he was so desperate to leave for the arse, our stated “Mid-table at best” was never going to keep him happy. Cabaye wants to win things, MA does not. His stated goal of “Mid- Table” isnt what our top players want to hear.

    MA may be happy with survival – the players most certainly are not. If MA doesnt shape up, he will have 4 or 5 formal transfer requests on pardew’s desk in March, if not sooner.

  • Blofal

    Nov 5, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Atm I think if we aim to attack then Anita needs to be on the pitch. However when we need to sure things up Tiote is the man.

    I can see Sissoko being an extremely damaging player going forward and agree with persisting for the time being. As long as Pardew decides finally on a formation so he can figure out where to play him.

    HBA is just not good enough at the link up play… he slows us down with his trickery and it stifles our flow. If he could just get his head out of his own ass and play for the team we would have a magical player on our hands. Sometimes it’s just easier to pass the ball around an opponent than take him on and lose possession 4/5 times.

  • Blofal

    Nov 5, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Case in point… Obertan and Antia linking up to create our second goal. HBA would have tried some trickery or just bombed the ball in. Anita and Obertan stretched the defenders and a clever little chip from Anita suddenly had him in space inside the box where Remy was waiting. No step overs, Now crossing and hoping for the best… just good old fashioned link up play.

  • scout

    Nov 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Sell him if its 20 million

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #7

    There’s no need to hope we don’t have another circus this January, we’ve got one all ready and waiting for the clowns to stumble into the ring.

    With Kinnear as ringmaster, he’ll have been honing his diplomacy, charm and persuasiveness to their best in preparation for the January window. He’s been polishing up his French, Spanish, German and Italian in advance of intense negotiations over targets and departures.

    This’ll be a window that’ll make the Chron, Journal et al reflect on and regret the folly of disproportionate reporting.

    Hey ho, welcome to the pleasure dome that is Newcastle United.

    Yes, we can all see him in action in what’s sure to be another shambles of a window.

  • bills-son

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #8


    I’ll tell you what a shambles of a window is:

    Norwich spending £13.5M on three strikers who have one goal and six shots betwern them, ManU spending £28M on Fellaini who cant get a game ahead of an 18 year old, Swansea spending £12M on Bony who is fit enough or quick enough for the Prem, Sunderland signing 14 players all useless, West Ham paying £17M for the crock that is AC and £7M for Downing who has been rubbish – I could go on.

    We didn’t sell one top player – despite all the predictions – and our one signing has six goals in his ladt six games.

    And you and others call our transfer business a shambles??

    Not great – but definitely not a shambles imo.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #9


    Those clubs may have failed with signings but at least their owner backed the manager with the players they wanted.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #10

    i think it’s also too early to say those players have failed….its not even been 3 months, players need time to settle like our jan signings did last year.

    only carroll was totally stupid as he is never fit so 15mil was madness.

  • cyprus

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Good points and a positive outlook. Still, not signing anyone just in case we dodge a bullet (you forgot Bent) isn’t exactly moving forward. We do need a permanent CF, a winger and a Colo replacement IF no one leaves.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #12


    I think we have our colo replacement in Mbiwa, what I think we need is a willo/saylor upgrade. A big, commanding CB to play alsongside Mbiwa for the future.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Managers are always judged on results and their transfer dealings. I am not thinking of Alan Pardew but Chris Hughton who was backed by his bosses in the summer with £20 million to push on from an 11th place finish.

    Van Wolfswinkel, Hooper and Elmander joined for £13.5m. But they have produced only one Premier League goal. The signings have not yet settled and been fully integrated into the team which is not unlike our Sunday opponents Spurs. Mind defensively they have nothing in common with Norwich.

    I am sure many a toon fan will be hoping that as well us beating Spurs that Norwich beat West Ham.. Chris is a thoroughly decent bloke who deserves a break and I would like to see him at SJP fighting for his survival. November has always been a sacking month but let’s hope not for Chris.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #14


    Well put, houghton is a very honest, hard working manager who needs a good break for once.

    I think people seem to think that every signing must be a success, it’s rare in football to get more than 60/70% of signings right…even alex ferguson had his fair share of flops.

    Especially for managers around norwich’s level where you can’t go and buy the 30mil pound player who will hit the ground running 9 times from 10.

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Well well, well, Wonga hauled in front of a Parliamentary committee to explain itself and that business today.

    More top-drawer publicity for Newcastle United – will Ashley ever learn?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Van Wolfswinkel and Hooper were always going to struggle in the Prem – I’ve said that since we were linked with both last Jan, I’m not sure why Hoots wanted them at all.

    Hoots is a limited manager suffering from similar problems to Pards. He is trying to improve their style of play, but it goes against his natural instincts of playing a more direct game because of that he is struggling to get it right. I like the bloke though, and hopefully he will manage to turn things around.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #17


    The problem is norwich aren’t seen as a stable prem club so not as many players will agree to go there compared with clubs like us, everton, etc.

    He had to ‘gamble’ on those types of players to kick on, hopefully they settle and it pays off for him.

  • south coast toon

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #18

    i think the way we handle ourselves in the transfere market is great,they wanted remy in jan and were very unlucky not to get him, we didnt panic and bring in medoca players instead of him, and you can see why we wanted remy now, all of our janurary signings were good and well priced , grouph is brill and a bargin and will get better, sissoko and yanger are fine and showed patches of good form and are adjusting, harida has been injured but looked a snip, debs is even startin to show his class, we just need them to get a top top striker in jan and hopefully sign remy , i dont see the need for a cb at the mo as we have 4 good ones when all fit,
    as for players leaving in jan i dont think we have any real worries its wourld cup year and all our internatnals are playin regular for us, cant see any of the french lot with a brain in the head leaving before the wourld cup as they are all in with a chance of going to brasil, besides ashley knows if they go there and play well there be worth more,lets get behind them they are playin better than last season and have been carrying 1 or 2 players, we,re headed in the right direction….lets smash spurs to get em all talkin about us now

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Elmander on the other hand is a disappointment. He shouldn’t need time to settle, he has played the Prem before and done reasonably well so he should have been capable of hitting the ground running.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #20


    just think though…that extra few thousand a year must be worth it. No idea why we the club associated themselves with such a companny.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t think it matters whether they settle. The pair are either not suitable for the Prem, or not good enough. I will let you decide which belongs to which category.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #22

    south coast

    steven taylor hasn’t played more than 14 games in one year for 5 years now…can’t rely on him. Colo doesn’t seem to be the player he was 2 years ago and I still think he wants out, but is a decent player for us still. A CB could wait til the summer though.

    And yes we get good deals but not always at the best time…as a fan i don’t care if we spend £1 or £100million on a player, it’s about having that player on the pitch for us.

    sometimes the club need to identify other targets who can do well for us if we can’t get the first target, even if they are just loan signings to get us by.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #23


    Too soon to say, hooper is a player who’s style is suited to the prem, much like giroud just not the same quality…but still youngish so has time to develop this year.

    Not seen enough of van wolfswinkel for norwich as dont see many of their games.

    Think how difficult it is to settle in a team thats struggling anyway.

  • bills-son

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #24

    We should have signed at least another CF and CB but my point is not doing so doesn’t make. our transfer window a shambles.

    You can’t always have it both ways – Ashley’s policy of hanging out for quality players at decent prices has built a very decent squad for not a lot of money. The downside is its been frustrating to get where we are and for the sake of another few million we might be further down the line. I get that and I’m as peed off as any fan that there another two or three quality players on board.

    I just don’t accept that where we are squad wise justifies all of this joke, shambles, unambitious laughing stock abuse that is hurled at Ashley. If Cisse could just find some form we’d be pretty well covered for the normal level of injuries that could be expected in a season – far better than last season when we had a weaker squad and an exceptionally high level of injuries.

    As I keep saying, imo things aren’t great, but nowhere near a shambles.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #25


    I agree we have a fairly solid squad, we do need to keep improving but all sides, even the top ones need to keep improving so I do see your point.

    If Ashley insists on waiting for the exact right deal I think he needs to start looking at more loans to plug gaps in the mean time.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #26


    From bbc

    Norwich City are in the Premier League’s relegation zone after spending £13.5m on three strikers who have managed just six shots all season.

    No wonder they aren’t scoring many if that’s all the chances they get.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #27

    Bills son

    Tend to agree there .

    Ok no one really came in in the summer, but the SIX players who came in January and Remy now aren’t a mirage !!

    I don’t really get the attacks on Ash from that angle. Great players like Anita aren’t even starters. We have made many very shrewd buys instead of our disastrous previous trophy signings. Carroll is a prime example. Hardly ever plays but because he’s a Geordie some people wanted him back. 36M = best business we ever did

    1) JFK – that is indefensible I’m afraid.

    2) Pardew – well like many fans I am very fickle. 99.9% of the time he drives me nuts but then very occasionally he will produce a last half hour like we had against Chelsea which was from another planet. I guess we’ll never know what the likes of Rui Garcia could do with this bunch of players

    3) Wonga – Again a horrible choice of sponsor but maybe pay day lenders and betting companies is where the money is now.

    4) Rejecting the Mansoors. I guess we’ll never really know the truth there either.

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #28

    bills-son and Sage @8 & 9

    Both very valid points but from where I’m at, we can’t deny that we do have areas of weakness in our squad. We need an have needed a quality striker and CB for some time.

    I’m not suggesting spending for spending sake, but at the very least spending to strengthen the squad where it’s needed. That at the very least would show a semblance of ambition and the desire to move forward, however slowly.

    What we saw last window was a loan signing, albeit a very good one.

    Judge me on my signings said Kinnear?

    We’re still waiting for him to get to know our players!

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #29


    my concern isn’t the numbers…we have options at the back and upfront…what we don’t have is what the manage rhas said he wanted for 2 years now.

    Thats a strong, aerially dominant CB and the same in a CF. It’s not the numbers of players but the type the manager feels he needs to get the most from his side. Thats where he is let down.

  • cyprus

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Yes, I’ll agree, it’s Tayls/Will that need a replacement. Through the years, we’ve seen some shambolic defending, even as far back as the entertainers…
    So, what I’m looking for is forwards, like I said one winger, one CF. Then again, like Bills said, if Cisse – HBA were producing (which I know they can) then we’d be ok. I also agree regarding the abuse of MA. It’s a bit over the top although I definitely agree with Rotonda’s points 1 + 3!


    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #31

    How can anyone be happy with not strengthening the squad in the summer.Yes we have got Remy but there is no way he will be signing for us permanently because MA will not pay the wages required.We will still require 2 forwards and a commanding centre half in the summer as we have done for 2 years.
    I totally agree with Catchy in that Pardew should be gone because i would love to see what a manager with an attacking outlook could do with most of this squad.Whilst the result against Chelsea was great i felt that with Pardews first half tactics of just defending we got really lucky that Chelsea were not on their game.The game only changed when Tiote was replaced by Anita who drove us forward with his quick passing(not Pardews great tactics)
    This is only my humble opinion.

    If only Ashley had a bit of ambition,if only


  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #32

    Transfer Sage @29
    You’ve made the point I was trying to make, exactly.

    ‘Tell be what you want and I’ll try to get it’ said Kinnear.

    He didn’t try hard enough and in fairness to him, those needs pre-dated Kinnear’s appearance on the scene but that should have strengthened his case. As you know, an argument can only succeed where the advocate believes in it. Paying lip service rarely wins a case.

  • south coast toon

    Nov 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #33

    agree with all thows points apart from 3 dont care who sponsers the club as long as they pay to do it and you would of thought who ever puts the best offer gets it, a bit like buying a player.
    the case for bringing in the right player at the right cost and wages i completley back, van winkle, hooper,bony etc they were no where near our first chioces of remy and pea ,thank god they havent gone out and got us lumbard with players like them who we,d be stuck with and would not have remy as we,ve brought in players of a lesser calibre, getting the right players in is the most important thing not any players but the right ones, we are on the up at the moment and we need that quality striker in jan to keep us going forward, im sure there are plenty of cb sat on the benches in other teams all over europe wanting to play in wourld cup year…. the striker is the one we need , with out remy tied up, we could go into the summer needing 2 top top strikers,top striker in , cisse to find form quick and remy signed, would love centre back and winger but right now thats as far as i can see, luckoo ticks all the boxes for me but thats a dream, mr ba back yes, bentekee…..defoe even for a few seasons, im obsseded striker please mr ashley anytime in the next 3 yrs would be nice….


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