Newcastle Linked With Another Senegal Striker


Newcastle will be losing at least two strikers in the summer, Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy, and maybe Papiss Cisse too, so we expect Newcastle to be linked with a number of strikers from now through the end of the upcoming summer transfer window, which will be an important one for Newcastle United.

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Diafra Sakho – 24 year-old Metz striker

And sure enough there’s a report in insidefutbol.com today, that says Newcastle are interested in 24 year-old Metz striker Diafra Sakho.

The 24-year-old 6′ tall striker was born in Guédiawaye in Senegal, and joined Metz in the summer of 2009, and so far this season he has scored 12 goals in just 21 appearances for Metz, who are top of the French second division.

So it will be huge jump in class for Diafra to come from playing in the French second division to the Premier League, and over his career at Metz he has played 75 times and hit only 20 goals for his French club.

It wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle are interested in this lad, but it’s only been this season he has been scoring goals, and there are a number of other clubs, apart from Newcastle, who are keeping tabs on the striker.

On the web-site transfermarkt.com he is listed at being worth around €2M – and Newcastle can at least afford that fee.

He has never played any International football for Senegal.

What do you think?

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235 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    repost

    I don’t mean the whole squad of over 30s, maybe just 2 or 3 but not in shola calibre. I know re-sell value is 0, but you could get them cheap even for free to help the squad play better to achieve more TV money. If with 2 or 3 over 30?s cost like 2 or 3 million can help us get 20 or 40million from where we finish in the league, I’ll say that is good return.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Tevez did not refuse to come off the bench. He refused tk warm up because he had literally just finnished doing so. Mankini took as much of a strop at him.

    Having said that, the guy does not exactly have a sparkling attitude. I think some of it may stem from his life before football stardom. That scar round his neck is not from wearing his bow tie too tight!

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  • BandB

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Laurent,

    Carrying on from previous thread….

    Yes, Pardew both publicly called them out, and sent them into the wilderness.
    He wanted to make a point to Ashley, and they were handy fall guys too.
    It was opportunistic and ruthless, and at odds with the oft-stated claim that he is a canny man-manager.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree Santon, players hit their peak at later times now and play deep in to their 30s much more often that they used to. The model that Arsenal have has proved to work, only offering 1 year deals to players over 30 and that can limit ‘failures’ such as Campbell etc.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    T sage

    He always maintained he would still have played, but mankini wouldn’t put him on for not warming up. Both parties in this affair eventually accepted they could have behaved diffetently. Tevez only effed off to Argybargy becausd Mankini said he would never pick him again.

    Two big arrogant personalties clashing. I think it would have been very different undet their current boss.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Tevez clearly has a bad attitude no doubt about that. His scar clearly was made before he hit the big time in fact a long time before he hit the big time, even before he could walk. He was 10 months old when boiling water was spilled onto him -thus causing the scarring. Bad attitude at 10 months old.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #7

    markaccuss

    mancini was like that but imagine if he had done that when at man utd, not a chance he’d have played again for them. He was lucky sit needed him back in the team.

    I still think the guy is a grade A @#!!$# though…top player but horrid attitude when off the pitch. But it’s what you put up with for the quality and effort he gives on the pitch.

    Still wouldn’t take his word for anything.

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #8

    my view is the players who will be going are :

    remy (not a chance he’s staying)
    gosling ( we already admitted he’s an emergancy)
    shola ( think even those most loyal can honestly say he’s past it)
    guti (pastures new and all that)
    colo (i suspect his injuries are down to self motivation as part and he wants out)
    newton (he’s spent too long on loan and will be used to first team)

    players in :
    luuk (really impressed with his motivation in his short time here and looks like he has talent)

    means we must sign players and van der vaat is the only over 30yo i personally think will be a huge hit for us if he signs (and he is a realistic signing)

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  • Macas

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #9

    BandB – Pardew didn’t hang the kids out to dry at all, in fact he gave them plenty of praise throughout the season. But sometimes instead of always building players up you have to criticize them the odd time if that is how you can get your message across to them that they need to do better. It seems you have conveniently forgotten all the times he boosted their confidence as well.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    croftus

    agree with those outs….could possibly add others to that like tiote if rumours to man utd are true.

    I do like luuk, think he held the ball well when played into him, laid it off for those around him and then found space….just look very rusty with shooting and the pace of the game, I think he’ll get there though.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Rebbeca from 7 miles away

    il still take the cuddle, 🙂

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Macas

    Go look up Pardew’s post-match comments following the FA Cup defeat to Brighton last season.

    He most certainly did hang them out to dry.

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    yes i agree.

    also not sure wether cabaye will try get deb’s to join him but not sure if i’m just panicing lol.

    one things for sure we definatly wont have a strong enough team next year if they dont make signings

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  • G

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Does he have dual citizenship? If he hasn’t played for Senegal, will he get a work permit? Or is he married to an EU citizen?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Ciaran
    Aye he gave them a right dressing down after the Brighton game
    Rightfully so
    They were a bloody disgrace along with the rest of the team that day, maybe he should of had a fee strong words to throw at the seniors too

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  • Macas

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Ciaran

    He criticized them once, how is that hanging them out to dry? Just because they are young does that mean they are beyond any criticism?

    I thought he handled them perfectly, you can’t always be praising players if they are not getting the message, sometimes they need a kick up the backside. It’s hardly hanging them out to dry.

    But why not check out the numerous times he praised them. He may have his faults but man-management is one of his better points.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    macas

    he isn’t a good man manager though, plenty players have told damning stories about the man.

    As for the kids he hasn’t got a clue how to bring them through, 5 mins in a game out of position isn’t doing anyone any good.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #18

    T sage

    Yeah he is an utter (collection of symbols).
    I would have blamed him totally had it been just his word. It is only because Mankini admited some responsibility in it which makes me give him any benifit of the doubt.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #19

    band b

    pardew hung the kids out big time,,

    he was saying something like they did not take there chance, but also in that team there plenty of senior players who DID NOT lead by example, who should of been helping the kids,

    every man for themselves,

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Tuff

    is that what the scar is??

    It looks like he was hung or something!?

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  • Macas

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Transfer Sage – Aside from the fact that Marveaux had been left out in the cold, who of our players has come out and had a go at him?

    I’m not talking about what he did before he got here, I couldn’t care less about that. But while he has been here he has generally been really good with his handling of the players.

    And I would rather he played senior pros instead of throwing kids in, unless they are good enough.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #22

    markaccus

    fair enough then, but i never trust much of what i hear from players and managers as they both try to protect themselves in terms of reputation but also legally, so it’s impossible to get to the bottom of a anything really.

    I just know tevez has done other daft things which makes me not want to listen to a word he says.

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  • BandB

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Macas,

    I don’t criticize Pardew often. I have praised him on occasion.
    So using the logic of your own argument, I am happy to stand by my guns.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Then again, Tuffs only comment has been the slightly stroppy attempt at belittlement. I suspect he googled teves’ scar in the hope of finding a reason to have a go at someone.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #25

    T sage

    I think we can safely say we have reached an agreement, Tevez is a c#nt! 😀

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #26

    Transfer Sage

    you can also add sending tav to Gateshead last year , how is a kid in a premier league team going to learn from players only a step up from sunday league,

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #27

    macas

    Jonas, said he wasn’t told why but to just find another club, weeks before pardew said in the paper he had no problem with him.

    Ba didn’t like being shoved out left when he was top scorer, he then bucked to pressure and shoved cisse out wide right, upsetting him. (not too serious as in my opinion players should play where told, just not handled too well looking from the outside)

    Obertan stormed off as he felt unfairly treat. There are plenty stories.

    As for kids, you need to give some of them a go, why pull them from the development teams to make them travel and not even make the bench or have no chance to get on.

    We have some decent kids, he played them a few games then discarded them. sammy ameobi isn’t fantastic but early season looked like he offered a lot, then he disappeared until the norwich game for some reason, even fell behind obertan.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Macas

    who do you think he has been good with ?

    name players ?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #29

    macas

    I know you don’t care about before but he had a big falling out with players at southampton, still counts against the man.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #30

    From a top level, proven coach where their training methods work I’d be a bit more willing to let a manager make an example of the players in public after Brighton.

    However, there’s Poyet getting arguably the worst team in the league to go on a good run of form whilst also beating Pardew for a fourth time.

    Pardew is most certainly not in that bracket of of top level and proven. Yes, the young players should hold some responsibility, of course they should, but whether silver tongue realises it or not, it is his job to get them to perform both on a tactical and motivational level.

    Just like with the first team, those youngsters aren’t as bad as he makes them look.

    When the going gets tough, Pardew deflects criticism from himself to the nearest thing he can, or simply tells you the opposite of what happened to make it look the part.

    If it ain’t one thing he’ll find another.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #31

    I always thought the idea of going to low level clubs was because they focus on basics, and thus it would help cut out “schoolboy errors”. Tav was prone to those, as are many players his age at the time.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #32

    TS…so it is this season? I wasn’t really sure, but thanks for sharing mate!

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Transfer Sage

    I don’t think players should play where there told to play, far from it
    I think players should be put in positions they are comfortable with and can still contribute to the team,

    putting a striker who can only finish in a position he is not good at only weakings the team,

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #34

    jesper

    no problem, i thought i had seen it in games but had to google it myself to make sure. The refs have a watch which gets a signal saying if the ball crossed the line almost right away, it’s a good system….and still players appeal that it’s crosses/not crossed the line, idiots haha

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Who is this old poster who has taken on the moniker “Rebbeca “?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #36

    catchy

    it’s not ideal but if asked to do something to help the team, you should do it….not maybe over a full season but certainly when short of players or if it is something which is working

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #37

    jesper

    think it’s beattie 25 (2+5=7, 7 miles away)

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  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Markaccus – yes Tevez was apparently accidentally scalded when he was a baby -hence all the scarring to his face neck. He apparently casts aside plastic sugery -coming out with thing like accept me who I am etc etc.
    One could be forgiven in assuming that his scarring was the result of a feud in some slum in Argentina.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #39

    TS….it takes many years to rid players of these bad habits mate 😉

    …it is the same when it’s a corner of throw-in. A player always raise his hand to win the ball! I really laugh a some players at times…it is really sad sometimes 😀 haha

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #40

    mark

    yes tuffers humour is definately laugh at rather than with 😉

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