Newcastle Reported After French Defender

There is news in France Football today that Newcastle have moved in for 17 year-old French defender Nathan Dekoké, who has been capped at the France U18 level.

Nathan Dekoke

Nathan Dekoké – 17 year-old Saint Étienne defender

The 17 year-old is currently on the books of Saint Étienne, and he is the type of player Joe Kinnear and Chief Scout Graham Carr are on the look out for, and it’s not surprising that his contract at the French club runs out next summer.

The news is that Newcastle have offered him a contract to join the Magpies in the summer, and because he is so young he doesn’t become a normal “free” agent next summer, and his club will get some compensation although that compensation will likely be small.

Newcastle brought in 17 year-old Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu last January and then young Frenchman Olivier Kemen from Metz in July, so we’ve already brought in two top young players this year.

Of course the earlier clubs sign players, the cheaper they are, but also the bigger the risk that they will not make it, but this is an integral part of Newcastle’s strategy – to try to sign top young players who will then develop and become top players on Tyneside.

Up till  now however, we haven’t shown too much success in this particular area.

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22 comments so far

  • NOVA2967

    Dec 30, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Hoping we get some Columbians in soon. They are moving in on Belgium for talents. Plus who doesn’t love a good columbian team fighting Brazil and Argentina. Get Tino and Nobby on the south american tip

  • G

    Dec 30, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Columbian development players, great idea, somewhat scuppered for the need for a work permit for non EU countries. Lots of other nations don’t enforce it, we tend to in England.

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 31, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds promising. Hope jk doesnt make another koke out of it 🙂

  • croftus5678

    Dec 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #4

    sweet hope we get him as the youngsters we have brought in look good (good/mbabu/hairdryer)

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 31, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Heres a very good half term report from the NZ Herald

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 31, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s good getting young players in early that look quality but if they ain’t being coached by the best then they won’t make it far.
    I know we’ve got Beardo but being a class player doesn’t make ya a top coach
    We seem to be goin in the right direction as a club with the training facilities,young up n coming player investment so hopefully down the road we can see some benefit in it

  • lesh

    Dec 31, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #7


    Now that’s not fair – unless you can evidence Joe having made as rick of things.

    On second thoughts, no need for that.

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 31, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Been watching replays of our last few games and I think its time to play Ben Arfa again as he has picked up his work rate noticeably and is in sparkling form. He must know by now what’s required of him and he is surely one of the greatest natural talents the club has had. It would be a tragedy really, to lose him, which is almost certain to happen if he doesn’t get more game time. I want to see him played in the attacking central mid role with Cabaye and Tiote in tandem behind him, Remy in front and Sissoko and Gouffran either side. If he fails to deliver consistently then I’d say we should sell him, sadly, in his own interest and perhaps ours. There would be no shortage of takers, I’m sure. But such a talent deserves to have a team built around him, be it at the Toon or elsewhere.

  • Blofal

    Dec 31, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Jimmy I agree. Give him a good run and play him centrally. If it fails sell him. He has to find role and make it his own.

    Sissoko was a good player but going missing in games. He has now made RM his own and if his finishing improves he will be a legend at this club. Benny needs to do the same.

  • Toon-Barmy

    Dec 31, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #10

    My line-up for West Brom:




    Sissoko——————-Ben Arfa———————Gouffran


    Sa. Ameobi
    Sh. Ameobi

  • cyprus

    Dec 31, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #11

    When HBA gets 20-30′ naturally he tries to do it all in that time in order to earn his place in the 11. Hence, he sometimes avoids the obvious, eg. pass the ball, in order to pull off the miraculous. Give him a full game or five, guaranteed. If he doesn’t perform, bench or sell. I guarantee he won’t disappoint.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 31, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t want HBA in the side, he still hasn’t learned a thing. Completely evident from the arsenal game where he chose to shoot near post, should have crossed but if shooting at least go across the keeper for a defelction/pushing it back out to our boys. The lad has bags of talent but gets nowhere near 100% out of it.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 31, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #13

    On the academy front, the best in the country for bringing kids through has to be southampton, so many top players come through there over the past 10 years or so. Even now they have loads of good players coming through.

    Pardew was there so surely he knows how it works or at least the people involved, we should look to recruit some of those who are currently, or were previously involved down there, they seem to know what to do.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 31, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #14

    i’f i’m picking a team it would be

    debuhcy, willo, mbiwa, haidara
    tiote, anita, cabaye
    gouff, shola, remy

    I think remy is better from the left, bit more space and can isolate the fullback, think it’s good when we have shola up top to link the play.

    It was a toss up between gouff and sissoko, neither done anything wrong but sissoko has had more goals.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Ronaldinho’s contract expires tomorrow…

    He’s 33 I think but…he’s still Ronaldinho…and he’d be free…

    Probably couldn’t hack the Prem these days but I would have loved to have seen him tearing up the Prem…

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #16

    It seems Benny always gets sticks from going for the spectacular or the goal when both Remy and Cisse are as selfish as they come and Shola couldn’t hit a barn door even if it was right in front of him!

    When are we going to ask more than the usual from mist of our players something out of the ordinary like Benny gives us?

    He is certainly a player that decide us and I know which side I am on ????

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #17

    I didn’t see the Arsenal game but when I read about the game players like Benny, Debuchy and Colo gets praise and then come on here and it is the same crap all over again!

    …it makes you wonder doesn’t it?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #18

    TS why don’t you through Cisse in there as well then you have theme PL’s most incapable and selfish forward line ????

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #19


    Remy is a striker, they are nearly always selfish but i agree he should do more still.

    The problem people have with benny, or at least mine, is that I look at what he can do and would honestly say maybe only suarez is better at going past people and making them look a fool but he doesn’t do enough once he’s done that.

    I am harsher on benny, much more so than other players, because I can see what he could do and what he really should do. It’s not because i don’t like him, i just want him to show his full potential.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #20


    cisse isn’t good enough, offers nothing but goals and he isn’t getting them

    shola holds play up, gouff has goals and defends/closes down well, remy runs the channels and stretches play…they are a good combination.

  • bobby mango

    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #21

    TS – fair point on Southampton. Other stand out club are WHU and Pardew was there as well. He definitely should have some idea of how it works.

    Also agree on Remy attacking better from the left. If Ameobi (or someone playing that role) could score 10-15 a season if would be a very useful forward line.

    Having Gouf and Sissoko wide offers better protection though. Gives us options for different opponents.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #22


    yeh, even if pards wasn’t hands on in the academy he must have contacts and a rough idea of the structure and what happens there.

    thats the key as well, getting an upgrade on shola to lead the line


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