Newcastle Suffer Transfer Disappointment

Well would you believe it but Remy Cabella, who we are supposed to have bid for this week, has come out and said he wants to stay with Montpellier until the summer.

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Remy Cabella – staying at Montpellier

So much for the news that the skillful midfielder was keen to join Newcastle, because other clubs, like Manchester United as one example, and maybe even Arsenal,  will be in  for the player this summer – and we cannot compete these days with those clubs.

We know that because Alan Pardew keeps reminding us of it.

This is what the French U21 International said today in the French press as he wants to stay and help Montpellier avoid relegation:

“The Montpellier President Laurent Nicollin and I have an agreement to see out the rest of the season together.”

It’s an admirable thing for Remy to do – to try to keep Montpellier in the top flight in France, after it was only the season before last that they won the French title for the very first time.

Of course some of their top players from them including captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa now on Tyneside, and striker Olivier Giroud is at Arsenal.

Now here’s a thought – if Newcastle were really ambitious we could now try to seal a deal to get Cabella to Tyneside in the summer, since we are already supposed to be in talks with Montpellier.

And we could agree a pre-contract deal this mointh – agree the transfer fee with Montpellier and the terms for the player – to be executed in the summer.

That’s if we were really ambitious.

What do you think?

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19 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I find it very hard to believe its the players faults,

    IMO its the style that is drummed into them by pardew, sit back , contain, and nick a goal rather than go for the win

    also, it was a whole new team that was playing, some of them have had very little playing time this season, how many were match fit?

    then throw into the fact Cardiff had just got a new manager, all players have a clean slate, playing for positions, the players were playing for a winner, a guy that’s has won everything at club level, and also won 2 championships here in Norway, he has instant respect

  • cjtoon

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2



    Exactly my view also, there must be something in it since it happens at some point in almost every game! It is Pardews responsibility to rectify it either way, I really would like to hope its not a conscious tactical set-up although quite regularly ‘contain’ is the game plan.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    means nothing that comment…if we offer what the club want they will sell

    for example, if man utd oferred then 20mil not would he say? no

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Slow down Ed

    It’s a worry if the players don’t listen to the manger and think he’s lost the plot.. Can’t blame them mind. One of pardew’s ” containing ” pre match chats would tune you out.

    For the frontal lobotomy jobs who think pardew is better than Laudrup and Pochettino, we have a far stronger squad than either of Swansea and Soton and both of their managers play a vastly more exciting, entertaining and watchable brand of football than us. Think what either of them would do with our squad.

    8th place is the bare minimum of where we should be.
    The fact we get little to no enjoyment from watching it is all down to pardew. Laudrup and Pochettino are both much younger than Pardew yet Laudrup had a trophy in his first season and Pochettino was a breath of fresh air,

    Pardew is pardew. Average to mediocre record everywhere he’s been really, allied to some of the most negative, mind numbing football you’ll ever see.

    What a council of war. Ash knows nothing about football, JFK is still drunk from the 90?s and Pardew’s coaching never left the 80?s, while all 3 are pathological liars. Happy days.

  • Dannyo

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    That isn’t even half of the interview Ed.
    There’s quite a big chance of us getting him, no doors have been closed whatsoever.

  • cjtoon

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6


    I was saying on monday how i think i enjoyed watching the barton, nolan, carroll squad. I think we went out to win and at times played some brilliant (to the point of unplayable) football.

    This caused a bit of a stir with a few but by no means did i insinuate we had a better squad then. I just think we had drive,ambition, heart, commitment and a natural attacking outlook.

    Whereas now we have a really excellent squad on paper. Including cisse who just needs a more switched on creative midfielder behind him imo. We are poor at creating chances for strikers, they either have to work with scraps of do it themselves normally.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7


    exactly….if pardew wants us to sit back i feel it’s wrong and boring, if he doesn’t then why do we? got to get them playing attacking football.

    but the slow paced, boring stuff does get him results, and i guess as a manger that’s all you care about.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8


    We just seem to be a bit cursed.

    I know we haven’t won anything really meaningful since 1955.

    However, I’ve long abandoned hope of winning anything but I just want to see some good, attractive, attacking, passing football.

    When you are playing at home against a second string, bottom end of the table club with a barely new manager, the last thing you want to hear is the manager say ” I thought we contained them well” as if they were Barca or Milan !!!!

  • cjtoon

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Everything coming out of the club suggests we are looking predominantly at striking options.

    For me the one position that takes us on a level is a CAM/CF that is predominantly a creator. Somebody assured on the ball, who looks for the 1-2, the pass rather than the shot with great vision. Then all we need to fix is our static movement off the ball :-p

  • geordielad880

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    From what I have heard newcastle are trying to get cabella now, and loan him back to montpellier for the rest of the season, but apparently their is a stumbling block as montpellier want a sell on clause in the deal. I have also heard that we are talking to chelsea about trying to sign victor moses who is on loan at liverpool, would be a good signing

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11


    You say his boring style gets him results, well not with 3 straight defeats it doesn’t and I would say look at his CV and it tells a very different story

    2 record losing streaks in the history of 2 different clubs, nearly relegating 3 different clubs, conceding the most goals in a season and having the worst domestic cup record ever for a NUFC manager. That takes some doing!

    I think Cabella got tipped off and maybe didn’t want to become ”pardewed” like another Cisse, ben Arfa, marveaux, MYM or Anita!!

    Pardew fluked 5th with a combination of factors we will probably never see the like of again, even allardyce came 6th one year, as did Roeder!

  • cjtoon

    Jan 8, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12


    I do feel thats part of the problem, football is a results game and if Pardew can win by being negative containing and hitting on the counter without ‘risking’ too much then i suppose its natural to want to do that. As you say though somehow He needs to rectify it, Especially if the players are doing it without his tactical green light.

    For me his worst ‘contain’ moment was the second loeg against benfica last year, i think he lost the plot totally for a few months at the end of last season! We werent playing that bad and had been pretty unlucky going into that game and we played to ‘contain’ (waste) the first 60-70 minutes of that match and then brought on attacking subs to “have a go” in the last twenty. It infuriated me at the time and still does now. If we went out to win that game from the start I honestly think we could have!


    Im only 24 so havent suffered nearly as long as some fans but we all want the same. Im not too fussed about glory or success because for me consistently challenging for top 4 is (would be) to a certain degree quite an achievement. I can’t imagine us winning a trophy any time soon but we do have a squad capable of doing it. I mean even bradford got to a cup final last year!

    I dont worry about silverware in reality all i want is to sit and watch 90 minutes of exciting ‘entertaining’ committed endeavouring football from the team i love. Yes football is a results game but isn’t it all about entertainment and passion too?

  • geordielad880

    Jan 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda pardew is doing a decent job, i applaud ashley for bringing continuity to the club, i dont like alot of what he has done i.e kinnear, but stability will bring success long term, we are in a good financial position, have a good squad, and also alot of people say we are a selling club, the only players we have sold are players that wanted to go, we have held on to our best players, carroll had to be sold, how can you turn down 35m, what has he done since? enrique wanted to go, ba had a clause in his contract, nolan wanted a long contract, the last thing you want is someone on a 4-5 yr deal when their best years are behind them, and barton sealed his own future, we have turned down big offers for cabaye, krul and santon from what i have heard, we have a young improving squad, that will only get better, m’biwa will go on to be one of the best cb’s in europe, i have followed his career, he is taking time to adapt to the english game, arsene wenger had followed his career for several years, and wanted him, but we had tied up the deal before he had a chance to react, and he knows the french market well, grimandi does his scouting for him in france, but our contacts over there are second to none

  • geordielad880

    Jan 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    we are looking to sign players, but we need to move players on first, not for financial reasons, but for squad numbers, you can only have 25 players registered, so we are trying to move on shola, dan gosling, obertan and marvo, which will free up numbers

  • Sinner

    Jan 8, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    He did say that if 2 clubs did came to an agreement of selling him, he would consider it.If im honest,he has much more of chance making the world cup with us than Montpellier!

  • matias

    Jan 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #16

    What`s up with people continuing discussions of previous topics in new ones? Wouldn`t it be better to discuss whatever topic Ed comes up with under that same topic?

  • simon_barker_9

    Jan 8, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #17

    I actually prefer this decision. The lad is obviously loyal and prefers to battle over what i would assume would be slightly more money. We ideally need a striker in this window. He is compared to Cabaye and HBA (who we already have). I do want the lad, however we have no fear of going down, out of FA cup and europe is probably bad for our depth of squad for now. These are facts and not bitter digs.

  • jimBOB

    Jan 8, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18

    I am not sure that this deal is done, the reason I say that is the guy apparently came out and said he will finish the season at Montpellier, it will be his last season, but dosent want to see them relegated.

    to me that is exactly the attitude you want from a player – hats off to him I say, if we get him in the summer then bonus but I will always respect a player for being true to a club.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 8, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Boring!! Here we go again with the same crap. Signings we need signings, it’s all about the money, we agree a price and the president will push him out the door and he will come as he will not feel wanted and loved by his current club. The president is not due back from holiday until next week so all this paper talk is bullsh*t. He could still come, even though he’s saying the admiral thing that he wants to stay to save his club from relegation.

    It’s all just so boring and tedious. Get someone ‘over the bloody line already!’ geeez.


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