Newcastle May Have Transfer Target Signed Up


With a number of players definitely going to leave Newcastle in the summer, we just hope Chief Scout Graham Carr and others at the club are working hard to identify their replacements, and then going about trying to get them to the club, and they don’t have to wait until the end of the season to do that.

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Remy Cabella – Montpellier actively looking for replacement

Two players we tried to bring in last month were Remy Cabella of Montpellier and Clement Grenier of Lyon, and there is news in France that Montpellier are currently actively looking for a replacement for Cabella.

Montpellier didn’t want to sell their winger in January, because of a number of reasons, and one good reason was they were threatened with relegation and Cabella was their top scorer.

And also Montpellier President Louis Nicollin also made the point that he didn’t want to pay heavy taxes in this financial year,  by selling one of his best players.

There’s no doubt that Cabella has had an excellent season, and in 29 appearances he has 10 goals and six assists, and while Montpellier were struggling in January, they are now 11th top and 10 points above the drop zone.

Ever since they appointed their former manager Rolland Courbis in mid-December to replace Jean Fernandez who resigned – Montpellier have started to pick up wins, and they now seem to be in little danger of the drop.

And Cabella has kept scoring goals for them, and we have to hope Newcastle  have already set up a deal for Cabella to move to Newcastle in the summer.

There was news last month that we had agreed a deal for Cabella for a summer transfer, so we must have been close then, and hopefully have continued that work and tied up Cabella, who was said to be very keen to join Newcastle.

We will have a lot of players to sign this summer, so hopefully Newcastle are working on some of their deals now – and being aggressive and (even) ambitious in the transfer market.

If they are not – they should be.

For the record, Cabella has played 104 games in total for Montpellier with 24 goals and 17 assists, and he would be a great (early) acquisition for Newcastle this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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28 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    I think this is highly doubtful. Who exactly are we relying on to set up the deals? I can only see it being Charnley or Irving at the minute, and that would be as well as the day to day running of everything that isn’t the football side. Just can’t see it. I think we are more likely to be wiring to take stock in the summer, as I would guess will be Cabella.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    lil

    a possibility though given the club stated that when kinnear was here he didn’t negotiate the actual contracts/finances so possibly with the advice of Carr and Pardew those two have gone off and began deals.

    then again we do nothing on time so i can’t imagine we would have

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    lil

    also on the last article…i never meant to imply you didn’t want europe, just stating that i do want it…apologies.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    I tried to bring in a Ferrari last week. I offered a hundred quid. Apparently that isn’t enough so it won’t be coming.

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    then again we might not

    i think we all know what is more likely

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    pardew is talking about only signing British players. Not quite sure where that leaves Carr tbh.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ll be amazed if this lad rolls up on tyneside! Hes becoming too good and too high profile! Think they ‘ll want more than 10-12m too! My guess is his story will mirror Aubameyang amd he’ll sign for a dortmund /Roma/ liverpool/ Valencia style club for about 16m

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8

    rotonda

    he is a scout….so surely he scouts where he is told.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Sage,
    But they also have huge other responsibilities, particularly Irving as we are coming up to the end of the financial year, he will have plenty of work at the minute. I can’t see us having anything set up as of yet, and don’t expect us to until we have a clearer picture of squad requirement for next year.

    It would be interesting to know how MYM is feeling, and his thoughts on whether it is a good move for Cabella. I’m certain they will speak about it, and the Montpellier president obviously doesn’t think highly of us, so MYM would need to give us a glowing report.

    Is he linked with other clubs at all, or is it just us?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    TS

    Yes but it would be a horrendous misuse of all his contacts lists if he is now confined to the UK if Pardew now has more say since JFK left.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Lilo

    Hopefully MYM is Colo’s replacement

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Sage,
    Don’t worry, didn’t think you were implying anything mate!

    Rotonda,
    There is no way we are just looking at British players. So I wouldn’t be too worried on that. Anyway, Carr isn’t limited to France, I’m fairly certain he can travel around.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #13

    rotonda

    maybe he will continue to scout abroad and look for exceptional talent…can’t see them writing off all his info.

    Lilongwe

    True, but I presume they will be able to delegate some task, and these deals could be started with phone calls providing we offer the right price it won’t take long at all.

    I agree though it’s unlikely. Also can’t see Mbiwa having much good to say given his lack of game time, but i have no clue, just a guess.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda,
    Yeah, that is what i think most of us expect, but currently Saylor is ahead in the pecking order so I don’t think it is that simplistic.

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  • Slank

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Lil @ 1

    My understanding is that Charnley has been involved in nearly all the previous signings working alongside Llambias, Carr and probably Pardew.

    The difference I suspect,apart from Joe not being around, is that possibly Irving who is the Finance Director is more involved now that Llambias is gone.

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  • Slank

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda @ 6

    I would imagine that the club has scouts in nearly all the major football leagues. In the UK it would possibly be down to quite a low level.

    I would imagine that Carr orchestrates all these scouts and is the final arbitrator of whether a player should be pursued.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #17

    Slank,
    Yes Charnley has been involved, as the Club Secretary he is a key component of the process. It is one of the busiest times of the year for Irving at the moment so I just can’t see him being more involved at the minute. With no one else running the day to day, I can’t see Charnley concentrating all his attention on signing this player. There is nothing to suggest that we are, and nothing to suggest he wants to come. All pure speculation.

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #18

    rotonada

    the club have had ample chance to sign young English/british players in the last 2 windows since pards has mentioned his desire for more british players

    most that suited us were not that dear

    who is pardew and the club waiting for to sign sturridge on a free

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  • 70TWO

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Whilst speculating on the players potentially going in or out is fun, most of those suggested for leaving hardly feature in the first team squad and do not indicate large fees being spent on incoming transfers. The reality is that three first team strikers are out of contract, what is NUFC going to do?

    If Ashley does not sell before next season what is the likely minimum? Generally the one in one out theory does not apply, however there will be a need for at least two strikers. One probably being de Jong as a target man who can distribute the ball, the other could be filled with an existing player ie Gouffran, HBA, Sammy or Armstrong. The theory being that when Ashley analyses the squad he is likely to conclude that there is not value for money, as players are being unused and are ready made replacements

    Another option previously used by Ashley is to haul in a number of players on the cheap, in the hope that once established at least one or two can be sold on for a much higher value. This is dependent on how successful he judges this practice to be. But it will placate a majority of fans with the illusion of investment, when in reality it will be NUFC income being spent.

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  • Slank

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Lil @ 17

    Yep. transfers stories tend to be pure speculation until that moment when the player holds up the shirt in front of the cameras with a beaming manager alongside him.

    I thought I had read, soon after Llambias quit, that Mike had seconded some bean counters from Sports Direct to help out at the club.

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d be surprised if we had done a deal and managed to keep it a secret, players, agents and general staff at both clubs have a tendency to leak this information and it quite quickly becomes common knowledge. Kinnear himself would have insisted on a photograph of Cabella holding a shirt with him for his photo album

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #22

    70Two,
    I can’t see HBA being here past the summer. I expect we will see a sale of him, not for a blockbuster price, but for between £5-£10million – club will say he wouldn’t sign a new contract on the offered terms and say it was the only option to sell him.

    As for up signings, I think you can expect free’s to come in. Also, if De Jong doesn’t start scoring, I’d imagine that Ashley will want to try and haggle on the current amount agreed of a reported £6.5million or not at all. I personally don’t see him scoring many, but offering an important role in the side. Will Ashley be willing to pay the cash for a striker who doesn’t score many?

    I don’t mind them incorporating Armstrong and Campbell into the squad next year, but there also needs to be a proven goal scorer as it is too much to rely on untested kids at this level – just asking for trouble.

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  • Slank

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #23

    70TWO @ 19

    Do you actually believe ‘theory being that when Ashley analyses the squad’ ?

    It’s well known and documented that he is the ‘fountain of all knowledge’ about Sports Direct in particular and the sports retail trade in general but personally I think he is the type of man who will let his management do the analysis and then grill them and see whether they stand up to his scrutiny. That’s how I have found working for powerful men (and some women).

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  • 70TWO

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #24

    There is a big gaping hole at the top of NUFC that makes any medium term decision making difficult. At the moment the lack of an apparent Chairman only indicates an unwillingness to invest prior to the sale of the club. I hope Ashley can resolve this issue by the end of march to allow a decision maker to be installed. As the article indicates, there is a need for someone that can take care of the day to day running of the club, over see the summer transfer dealings and engage with fans over mutually agreeable targets for the coming season.

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  • 70TWO

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Slank @23

    analysis / scrutiny, its all the same. Just depends on the grade of comb used. A rudimentary impression one would get from glancing at the squad, is that it is not wholly utilised.

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  • Slank

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Lil @ 22

    I personally doubt whether we would get more than £5M for Ben Arfa even though he is 27 and in theory in the prime of his footballing career.

    Any club going for him will be aware of his reputation, which he appears to have left behind him in France, and will be taking a punt as he hasn’t been first choice for us for some time.

    I would like him to stay as he offers something very special, albeit not in every game and can be very frustrating to the fans, the manager and his team mates.

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  • 70TWO

    Feb 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #27

    Lilongwe Geordie

    “-just asking for trouble.”

    Does Ashley ask for anything other?

    Whilst I agree with projections, I am finding all this speculation about possible transfers in and out a bit disconcerting. Whilst hope is good, is it not too early to be generating optimism that will inevitably end in disappointment. Especially when the owner seems to have taken on the Chairmans role and continually reneges on spending NUFC money?

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Feb 25, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Be really surprised if we manage to sign Cabella!

    But i,ll believe it when i see it happen !

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