Newcastle Cabella Deal At Standstill Because Of Agent Problems


Le Parisien French football commentator Julien Laurens has been talking to talkSPORT,  and he has talked about Remy Cabella whom he describes as one of France’s best young players, and that Newcastle fans would just love him.

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Remy Cabella – hasn’t got an agent

This is what he said to talkSPORT yesterday about the situation with Cabella:

“Newcastle are very keen on getting Remy Cabella, who is a young promising French player, very skillful and pacey and the Newcastle fans will love him, and he’s really keen on going there.”

“But the problem is he doesn’t really have an agent and a number of people have tried to jump in on the deal and it’s been annoying to both Montpellier and Newcastle and to the player himself.

“So Negotiations at the moment are at a standstill because so many people are trying to get in on the deal, but I still think it could happen, not now, he will stay at Montpellier for the season, but they could strike a deal for him now for a summer transfer.”

Laurens also talked about the bad mouthing of both Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis and President Louis Nicollin about Newcastle, but it doesn’t seem to have had much effect on the 23 year-old who seems keen, even very keen,  to join Newcastle.

It seems from that interview with Laurens,  that the chances of Joe Kinnear signing a deal now, for a summer transfer of the 23 year-old are good.

What do you think?

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226 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Hasn’t he just hired a new agent? Could be trying to speed things up

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2014/01/24/newcastle-revenue-drop-due-to-these-two-things/
    Surely the biggest arguement going as to why the hell SD should be paying for advertising?

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    As good as this lad seems to be, it seems to be a poison deal. Id half expect us to get fined or something if we signed him, due to bad practice or some technical cr@p. We are that unlucky

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  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/5397479/Javier-Hernandez-wants-to-quit-Manchester-United.html

    Hernandez wants a new club to strengthen his WC-chances.
    Something to consider (if he’ll accept a drop in wages)?

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  • thai-mag

    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Another one bites the dust because of agents

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Even a signing to bring in for the summer is better than nothing. Got to admit no players coming in for the second transfer window would pretty much sum up ashleys intent for the club

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t get this system in football regarding agents!

    …it’s like the god d@mn wild wild west!

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  • Spoof

    Jan 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    tads

    they should be paying, yes I can understand why people view it as senseless due to it going from one Ashley pocket to another, but it could be used to reduce the debt, which again can appear ludicrous as it is a debt for Ashley from Ashley, but for football reasons there is the affect of the Fifa fair play and for the debt it affects the value of the club for any perspective buyer.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    It may just be me and my suspicious mind, but could the club be using agent fee’s as an excuse for not getting the players signed, I could be wrong but I don’t recall other clubs having as much bother as we seem to get ?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    jesper

    It’s no where near as bad as clubs make it out, they use agents as an excuse.

    The FA regulates agents, need licenses, also FIFA have regulations which must be followed strictly.

    Clubs know how things operate and it’s no different to agents working for any other business, they all push for the best deal for themselves and their client.

    People seem to think agents dictate where a player goes, if they sign, etc….it’s up to the player to take or leave a deal at the end of the day.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Well Spoof…if money is of no importance then of course there will be no obstacle 😉

    …money is not really the problem here, too many trying to get their hands on it is the problem!

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #11

    At least we are still in with a shout judging by them comments. Quite positive IMO.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    spoof

    well last jan when we needed 5 lads in to save us from the drop the agents fees weren’t a problem….it’s a useless tactic clubs use to appease fans.

    also on the payment from ashley to ashley with advertising…for me I only care about NUFC, not sports direct so i don’t care how they do, they should pay like another company should to be associated with our club.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    TS…what are those regulations to be precise? and how do the FA regulate agents?

    I no they need licenses, but that is not really the problem here is it? or I am the only one seeing the problem here?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    jesper

    I can’t remember/don’t know them all, but sky did a good piece which said the FA regulate them very strictly, but each nation has their own regualtions (within a FIFA system).

    http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/organisation/footballgovernance/playeragents/regulation.html

    It’s the same as any situation though, agents will want their cut of the deal, same in any environment, if you help a deal you want a cut, only fair.

    For me they are very rarely a problem yet people blame them.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15

    The situation here was that cabella didn’t have an agent so a few were pushing to represent him, now he has chosen one, according to GFN france, the deal should be easy to discuss.

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16

    This blog indicated we were first interested in signing Remy Cabella 22 days ago, if he were a ‘must get’ transfer a deal would have been made. The fact is he will be one in a number of possible players and yet again NUFC are unsettling targets , waiting for them to fall out with there clubs and pick them up. Otherwise known as gathering ‘windfall’, it makes economic sense but risks the core of individuals become rotten.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #17

    jesper

    Idid say agent fee’s, but perhaps I should have left out the fee’s part of it as you rightly say it’s the agent(s) generally rather than the fee which appears to be the problem here, but we also had problems with the agents of Edinc, Gomis and I do believe that it was Ba’s agent who was instrumental in Ba leaving, whether it be a fee or another issue we do seem to struggle to deal with agents which is concerning as TS is quite right, they are regulated, so it does make you wonder whether it is the fault of the agent or could the problem be us ?

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  • lesh

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #18

    If the agents fees are the obstacle, Ashley needs to wake up to the real world of agents. They’re greedy bstds true but if he’s fighting a lone battle then we’ll sign no bugger. The only way these fees’ll be capped is if Fifa set some rules down.

    On the other hand, this could just be the smokescreen we’ve seen before and will result in the ‘couldn’t get a player over the line’ crap – again!

    If it doesn’t happen, then Ashley’s with Kinnear’s help are just taking the pi$$.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    spoof

    it’s the same with how we value a player, it’s almost always just slightly less than they will accept….it can only happen so many times before people begin to question it….either we are poor at valuing players or we are deliberately under-valuing them.

    I just find it annoying that when we meed deals done quick they are, then when no rush we always find a reason to put it off…transfer fee, agent fee, wages, medical

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #20

    His father is his agent. Just more media bs. Don’t expect any signings this month. All thanks to that tight tubby waste of time. Wish he would leave and never come back.

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  • bishopblaize

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #21

    What exactly the problem as every1 has their price .. I tried too hold back on one of me kids prezzies @ Xmas waiting for a better deal and best that happened a newer version came out with a bigger price tag. Oh we’ll

    Look at Suarez, what he gonna be worth in summer?

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  • Slank

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #22

    1toonarmydownsouth @ 1

    There maybe legal and/or City rules and regulations why Sports Direct cannot pay Newcastle for advertising. For example:

    If you pay contributions from your pay packet to a pension company that then buys shares in a public listed company in order to receive dividends and/or increased share price how would you feel if the directors of that public listed companies then authorised that company to pay its directors for advertising on the property that the directors owned which could possibly then dilute the amount of dividends that your pension company received and by default diluting your contribution to your pension?

    I don’t know if there are rules and regulations but I can imagine the outcry from all the pension funds if they discovered that the directors of all the public listed companies were authorising payments to themselves because they had the power to do so by reason / excuse that were advertising their employer on their own premises.

    Food for thought.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #23

    TS…have you aver heard about “the book of the secret player”? 😉

    …it tells a rather different story!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24

    Agents are part and parcel of football, get used to it Ash every other club in the world has too!

    Spoof
    With Erdnic and Gomis wasn’t it an arguement over who’s responsibility it was to pay out there loyalty bonus (Erdnic) and sell on fee (Gomis) as well as wages signing bonuses etc?
    But yeah with Ba there was something about an agent fee , which Chelsea paid, just like other clubs do 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #25

    TS…for me agents are the problem!

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  • Spoof

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #26

    TS

    on the advertising I totally agree, as I said we have the fifa fair play so if the cash is Newcastle’s and not SD then we have more financial scope (not that we are likely to use mind) and for the debt it could affect a possible sale when the time finally arrives, although it all belong’s to the Mike Ashley pot it is still very important that it is in Ashley’s Newcastle pot rather than Ashley’s SD pot

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #27

    g b n @3

    Hernandez to Borussia Monchengladbach on the back of our transfer fee for de Jong, would be about right!?!

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  • Slank

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #28

    Jesper

    A belated many thanks for all the info about the ‘shareholding’ of the German teams. It was very interesting. Pity it’s not used elsewhere.

    Cheers.

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  • Spoof

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #29

    tads

    as I was saying to Jesper, whether it be agent fee’s or something else, we really do seem to sturggle when trying to deal with them, I have no doubt other clubs will have problems as well but we do appear to struggle more than most, don’t get me wrong,I’m not defending agents as we all know how they can be problematic, but I get the distinct impression that we don’t help ourselves either.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #30

    Slank
    Not sure about that the citeh owners didn’t seem to have any trouble using a company they own to sponsor the stadium or kit

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #31

    Spoof
    Completley agree, we always seem to want something for nout!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #32

    Slank…you are welcome mate 🙂 I cannot take credit for it though!

    …I put it all together from bit and pieces from the Internet (but I did do the investigation work lol)

    The German model is not perfect (but what is), but football in England does seem to be run by the money and I think the fact that they see themselves as the most important league (maybe even more important than the CL) is causing the problem…well that is my opinion anyway.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #33

    TS…personally I just think one should make up his own mind about agents.

    …if you ever get second doubts then I would recommend you to read “I am the secret footballer”…if it won’t get your mind maybe it will just be food for thought 🙂

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  • Slank

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #34

    30toonarmydownsouth @ 30

    As I said I don’t know whether there are rules and regs but the type of financial arrangement I described sounds very fishy, actually downright criminal which is perhaps why I never ever read about it I n the press or seen it on the telly.

    Perhaps there is a magpie supporter out there who knows about whether there restrictions on this type of activity.

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  • Harley

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #35

    Chelsea linked with a player. 2 days later, signed.

    Man U linked with a player. Few days later, signing.

    Newcastle linked with a player. 3 weeks late,r still negotiating!

    We are THE slowest movers in the transfer market in the whole of football. It’s so frustrating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #36

    Spoof…I think other teams have plenty of problems with agent(s), but some just decides to pay the money because they want the deal!

    …it doesn’t solve the problem, but it gets you the player. Maybe some clubs are not interested in changing anything? maybe they don’t know how to go about it?

    …one thing I remember from the book I mentioned is that the author says “…Ask any footballer about agents and they’re likely to have a less than complimentary story. Agents manipulate players, especially young ones. They groom them. Agents begin by ingratiating themselves with players, stroking their egos, promising to look after them like their own children. Agents are salesmen, often with a good business sense, and footballers are their products.”

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #37

    Sage…

    A FIFA spokesman said “The current licensing system is to be abandoned and a registration system for intermediaries must be set up.”

    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/football-agents-will-meet-greg-dyke-to-express-fears-over-changes-8954296.html

    I guess the problem is that each territory will be responsible for ‘regualting’ the agents. So, what will happen in places like Africa and South America, Russia etc god only knows. One thing I do know, is that it won’t be better for the game, just better for the agents.

    Maybe if this Champagne fella gets Blatter out at the next election, he’ll put something more sensible in place like uniform regulations or hey, even better -scrapping the friggin stupid transfer window.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #38

    Salah just went to Chelsea because Liverpool had problems closing the deal. Do you guys think it was the fee that was the problem or was it reaching an agreement with his agent(s)?

    …wonder what Chelsea had to pay his agents 😉

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #39

    one moment his dad was an agent and now he doesn’t have any agent.

    well done.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Wayayman…so you want a drafting system or what?

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