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Newcastle Target At QPR For Talks

8:55 am, Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

There’s a report in L’Equipe today that €8M (£6.5M)rated Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep is currently in London for talks, but it’s being reported he’s at QPR and not Arsenal, and that Newcastle are the other club interested in the young striker.

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Paul-Georges Ntep of Auxerre – at QPR

The player has been invited to QPR by manager Harry Redknapp, so this news could cause both Arsenal and Newcastle some concern.

Newcastle are said to be interested in the striker, but this is the first time we’ve seen any link with this player.

The 21 year old Auxerre striker joined the French club back in 2010, and has played for all the French Youth side, including 7 appearances at the U21 level with 6 goals.

It gets a little bit more complicated than that with Rennes having already said they have agreed a  €6M fee for the Cameroon born player, although Auxerre deny that – so we suppose at some point the 21 year-old and his agents have to decide which club he will be joining.

It had been thought that Arsenal were in prime position to sign the player, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying this about the youngster:

“Paul-Georges Ntep has the potential to have a great future. Whether he will or not depends on his mind.”

These are the types of youngsters Newcastle are after, young players who can improve big time after being brought to Tyneside, although the French report suggests the two London clubs are moving more aggressively for the player than Newcastle are.

Where have we heard that before?

The youngster has played 61 times for Auxerre with 19 goals, and he looks like a young striker with lots of potential – as the Arsenal manager has pointed out.

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Jan 15, 2014 at 8:56 AM


    Must assume that Colo will be gone this summer and, as Ed rightly says, with his best mate Jonas going too it seals his departure.

    I remember Llambias saying when they bought him that he was a star but almost immediately there was a huge outcry from all the ‘knowledgeable’ fans that the club was wasting its money on a dud and his initial performances suggested as such but that, as it turned out, was just a blip in an otherwise excellent playing career and captaincy for us who remained loyal when so many others jumped ship when we got relegated.

    I wish him and Jonas well.

  • 2 Slank // Jan 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Bit of a risk for Paul-Georges Ntep thinking about going to QPR who are not certain that they will be in the top flight next season.

  • 3 Markaccus // Jan 15, 2014 at 8:59 AM


    Yep, both excellent profesionals for the club. I hope.Gutz plays really well for hoots at Norwich

  • 4 Markaccus // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Probably be silly wages and a release clause just like remy. Shocking way to do business. I hate qpr. No way a club like Arsenal should be out bid by qpr. It highlights the problems of the financial side of the game.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Another misconception about loyalty, as much as I’ve liked Collo he and others stayed because Ashley couldn’t get rid because of wages, anybody who found a club who’d pay them similar wages were sold, I’ve no doubt that Jonas and Collo would have been sold as well had they found suitable clubs, Ashley was a headless chicken at the time and tried to get as much money back as he could.

  • 6 Markaccus // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM


    A couple of players came out and said they wanted to put things right. I am sure Jonas was one of them. Not sure colo did though. Its all a blur now :D

  • 7 G // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Markaccus, Jonas deffo did, Colo remained silent.

  • 8 SuperShearer // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    If we are to lose Colo, Ameobi, Remy and potentially Cabaye in the summer then Mr. Ashely will have to seriously step up and invest otherwise we’re in le poo.

  • 9 catchy in norway // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM


    it is a sad fact that pardew only does one day a week on attacking football,
    we run out of ideas in the final third and just shoot,

    we don’t need a coaching badge to put 10 men behind the ball, we can all do that

  • 10 G // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Anybody seen Ntep play anyway? Don’t think I’ve seen an Auxerre match since they dropped out of the top flight.

  • 11 catchy in norway // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM


    Williamson is still the same poor defender he always was, he just has more help from the MF

    he is 6ft4, he is a pussycat , he is our main threat from set plays, but he never attacks the ball, he should get at least 5 goals every season,

  • 12 Markaccus // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM


    I have never even heard of him. Its probably just because he is young and french that we have been linked. We can’t out bid Ars, and no one is willing to pay more than insanity fernandez at qpr

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM


    It makes me seriously question the quality of coaching badges. Surely they must give you the skills and training drills to play attacking/passing football.

    You’re right that we could all say everyone sit behind the ball, double up on men in your area and kick it to remy/hba and let them do something special.

    I don’t think pardew is quite as bad as you say, just my view, but i do think we could do much better than him.

    I don’t see why people want upgrades on shola, willo, marv, colo, etc etc yet won’t accept and upgrade on a manager.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I’ve seen a few players kiss badges in their time as well and say they’re behind the manager 110%.

  • 15 Edd Case // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Sick of us being linked with French players.

    We should be looking at the English leagues and English players, the Scottish youngsters are also looking good.
    In fact, throughout the entire UK there is bags of potential.
    Let’s get some UK talent from the lower leagues in instead of untested and untried European youngsters.

  • 16 G // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    I vaguely remember Wenger mentioning him at a pre match interview, however, the link to Arsenal was agent-talk, nothing more. If I have seen the lad play, I didn’t consider it worthy of committing it to memory.

  • 17 Markaccus // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:21 AM


    I agree, but something would need to be done about the idiotic prices clubs charge for decent english players. When european talent cost less for equal or better percieved skills, then clubs like us are forced to look to europe. Only the big boys can afford the good english players.

  • 18 funguswatty // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    if it is QPR he in talks with we should do what they did to us with Remy and take him from under their noses if the french lads have a word he might sign for us

  • 19 Markaccus // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM


    Yes badge kisser are generally full of it. However, Jonas never showed the slighty sign of itchy feet, and even now, he was only keen to leave due to having no game time.

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    i’ve been thinking since chatting with jesper yesterday and i think we should line up like this on the weekend

    santon, wilo, mbiwa, haidara
    tiote, cabaye
    anita, hba, gouff

    433/4231….basically have tiote hold with cabaye and hba to attack in the middle. Have the anita on the right, better than sissoko and brings more, width could come from santon too. I’d also have remy up top with gouff left.

    we do need a wide man and a good CF in too.

  • 21 FrankfurtMag // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Here is a nice video to show the “off the pitch” side of Jonas. No matter how much people disliked him last season, he never really let us down. Good luck to him.

  • 22 G // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    TS, I take it you mean play HBA in the ‘hole’, as it used to be known? Sort of AM/CF position, Beardsley used to thrive there?

  • 23 Markaccus // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    T sage

    Deffo prefer hba central. It allows more for his luxury nature in the modern game. Our full backs our not good enough to have him out wide and not helping. Anita would do that. Also Cabaye could push forward often with tiote sitting deep and solid as he has been all season.

  • 24 martoon // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    catchy @11 – A little unfair on Willo – this is not a dig but when you actually watch him at the match his positioning and reading of the game is greatly improved and he quite often makes a timely interception. I’m not saying he should play at the WC but he is a no frills solid defender.

  • 25 martoon // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Transfer Sage @20 – Dropping Sissoko – very controversial also I’m not sure about Santon at RB – I thought he looked a bit lost when he played there against WBA I think it was.

  • 26 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    If people don’t like the way QPR go about things, they will understand why I don’t like the way Chelsea and City go about things either, and also why I don’t want some Arab/Russian multi-billionaire to come along and play fantasy football with Newcastle Utd.

  • 27 lesh // Jan 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    If Ntep does meet ‘Arry, then let’s hope the lad counts his fingers, check his watch’s still there and checks his pockets and wallet before leaving Lofthouse Rd.

    Not suggesting anything untoward you understand but…..

  • 28 Charlietoon // Jan 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    First time I have ever heard of him let alone heard we were interested. I’d say our name was thrown in because he plays in France, we need a striker and the writer needed a third club to make his bullcrap story sound real.

  • 29 Sav // Jan 16, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    Never heard of the bloke. What would Kinnear make of him anyway? On-Tap? Instep? Up Top?
    Nah, I don’t think so.

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