Newcastle Interested In Top Algerian International Midfielder


Mike Ashley owned Football Direct News is reporting today that Newcastle could be interested in signing 24 year-old Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli in the summer – and while the player was born in Levallois-Perret in France, he has played for Algeria 17 times with 5 goals, and previously played for both the France U18 and France U21 sides.

Sofiane Feghouli

Sofiane Feghouli – Algerian International midfielder

Certainly this player seems to fit exactly the profile of players Mike Ashley likes to sign for Newcastle.

Sofiane Feghouli began his career with Grenoble back in 2006, and he made his debut for the French club at the age of 17 in April of 2007, in a Ligue 2 match against Reims.

He ended up playing 63 times with 3 goals for Grenoble before moving to Valencia as a free agent back in 2010.

While at Valencia he has been in excellent form and in 2012 his play earned him two Algerian player of the year awards – the  Le Buteur’s Algerian Ballon d’Or and the DZFoot d’Or.

Sofiane has played 123 times so far for Valencia with 18 goals and 25 assists, and his play over the last year and a half have not been as good as in 2012, but Newcastle scouts have continued to watch the player and have been impressed.

Football Direct News is reporting that Newcastle are still very  interested in the player and he could even come at a bargain price, and of course Newcastle are always interested in a good deal – we know that.

Valencia are not in good shape financially and on transfermkt.com the  value of the midfielder is listed at around €12M, which is £10M.

But the transfer fee mentioned in the article is £12M, but maybe there’s some confusion there between pounds sterling and euros?

This season, Feghouli has made 23 appearances for Valencia with 3 goals and 7 assists, and from what we can tell ,this player would be a very decent signing for Newcastle at around £10M.

And since Newcastle are expected to get over £80M from the Premier League if we finish in 9th position in the league,  there should be money to spend in the summer.

That’s about twice the amount Newcastle received last year from the old Premier League TV deal, so hopefully there could be big money to spend this summer.

Newcastle basically have to rebuild their squad in the summer, with many players expected to leave the club, and we are hoping that owner Mike Ashley will give Alan Pardew a sizable war chest to spend in the transfer market  – and of course we also have the £20M we received from PSG for Yohan Cabaye in January.

The Algerian can play either in central midfield or out on the right wing,  and he is good with either foot.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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37 comments so far

  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #1

    More cheap and cheerful, from the Ashley, bargain bin.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #2

    More speculation, forget big signings Mash owns the club or should I say the business.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Never heard of him

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  • toonking

    Mar 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #4

    what i am stating here is how can a manager be blamed for the chaos when he doesn’t even get the resources needed to do well.

    i said to moses yesterday if it is just very lovely football you want then you act more like a netrual would.

    as a fan you want goal scorers more than anything because goals are what win games not attractive football, sadly newcastle have only got 1 quality goal scorer remy and even he is just a loanee

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  • dufuss

    Mar 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #5

    not worth ten bob

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t be bothered after the display on Saturday

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Sounds like we’re looking to replace HBA

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve still got time for cisse. He’s just low on confidence.

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  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #9

    @6 that’s the best summing up of the weekends cock-up.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry didn’t see the football direct news
    In that case sounds like boll0x

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #11

    HEY
    Lets just sign players the weldsh geordie has heard of !
    Ivor Allchurch
    Wyn Davies
    Thomas the Tank
    that gay full back / he plays rugby but wtf
    and Ruth from hi de hi

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s going to be a long summer with players coming and going

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Jesper
    Why would we appoint a role like Daniel Levy? It would command someone to have complete control over all club operations and finances

    What makes you think Mike Ashley would give someone that much freedom with the club?

    Spurs for me really shouldn’t be a mould to follow
    Revolving door policy on managers and have no identity on the pitch, they look just as lost as us!

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  • toonking

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14

    also what i’m saying about arsenal is they have sold quality players and don’t spend much so what’s happened to them is they have become a 4th place battler.

    i’m not saying newcastle are a title contender all i’m saying is we are currently battling with southampton for 8th place and the fact is we could not expect any better, we sell far to many of our best players and don’t replace them.

    attractive football can be played but swansea are still in relegation battle.
    poyet who so many wanted still can’t get the mackems away from the relegation.

    blackpool were so attractive but the second season and they went down.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Jeff

    Shut the fu?k up you stupid little child

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #16

    by the by the taffs hammered Scotland after the dodgiest red card in the history of rugby and even if they had beaten the sweaties 510 nil they still would not have won the 6 nations

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Jeff from Sunderland more like

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  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #18

    The 15th richest man in the UK, needs to dig deep into some of his cash reserves and part company with Pardew.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #19

    I take it you don’t like the welsh just because you messed up in the rugby.

    Very bad loser my friend very bad

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  • Belfast

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #20

    There’s always been money to spend
    ed. We just never spend any of it

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #21

    tads…if you need closure I left a reply for you on the last thread!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t like the Welsh for many reasons.
    Ireland deserved their day in the sun.
    Any team that beats France in Paris deserves all credit
    However we did beat the Micks , something the Welsh signally failed to do.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #23

    God Jeff you have got it bad you not related to Belfast are you

    Ha ha ha

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #24

    toonking

    are you seriously saying fulham, Sunderland, wba etc have better squads than us!!!

    Come off it, only a very dull and predictable manager doesn’t change things till the 80th minute when his system clearly hadn’t worked against the poorest team in the league.

    yes more and better players would be great but it’s the tactics that stink and it would be the same if pardew had city or chelseas’ squads. Pellegrini on the other hand would always play fluid attacking football whoever he had at his disposal.

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  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Moyes is another Pardew and look what he’s doing to the Mancs.

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  • Belfast

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #26

    That was a pretty crap attempt at comedy there Daffyd Thomas.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Are you aware of the phrase /Dirty Blackleg
    Ironic the weekend Tony Benn died

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvIMWBvuRUA

    Taffies ffs

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  • toon kk

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Which direction will Big Mash take us in next season? up or down the league?
    Any thoughts anyone?

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  • mag

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Tony Benn, a champagne socialist a waste of space.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #30

    toonking

    regardless of how we got there after the stoke game around xmas we were 6points of top spot then we went on absolute awful run if we had bought in cabayes replacement in the middle of jan when cabs was still here it would have been a lift to the team (we knew cabs was goin) who knows where we would be know with a little thought and spending. not for a second do I think were a top4 side

    on arsenal they were selling to pay for the stadium and from what I gather there is a bit of a power struggle goin on in the back ground one bloke wants to spend other don’t, but its a statement spending 40 mill on ozil but we will see who they buy in the summer to see if they want to challenge as there not far away as they have proved this season

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  • toonking

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #31

    RT
    people like yourself are just not thinking depths

    our team has got 1 RB, debuchy so we have to play mbiwa out of pos

    our team has got 0 real wingers so sissoko and gouffran who are the best uses their are needed to be used.

    our team has only got 1 striker capable of the goals so when he is missing, why should we go on the attack when we are just going to miss sitters? fulham yesterday, cisse missed that easy chance so what happens fulham went on the counter and we concede. it’s not pardews fault that cisse misses them chances, cisse shouldn’t have last season needed to learn the offside rule i got taught it at school and if Ba can get back on form after half a season on the wing why can’t cisse manage?

    we are sitting in 8th place which is the best we should expect

    we have only got 1 good forward so we shouldn’t expect lots of goals.

    we have no real wingers so we are going to be forced to play players out of position

    we have lost our best creative midfielder so we will struggle to create chances when our next best choice is a lazy, greedy HBA or marvo. then it’s up to obatan or jonas. otherwise we play sissoko and gouffran or sammy as the wide men.

    I’m quite simply a realistic fan.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Jesper
    Why couldn’t we get a proper DoF?
    The club have already said one will be appointed in the summer so really don’t get why you have such a strong opinion about people debating it

    No body has said they don’t want what you’ve suggested but that it won’t happen

    And when did i tell you to move on?
    How is it arrogant to debate a point, surely that’s the whole point of a blog in the first place

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #33

    tads…I guess then we could get a Daniel Levy kind of Chairman as well!

    …there you go again and make up assumption about what I have strong opinions about! Are you drinking or something?

    I might not be English but my grammar or language is not that bad that you can either keep on misreading me or misquoting me.

    Get back to me when you get that right. This is beyond ridiculous!

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  • Thump

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #34

    @mag: Even if he just digs deep into his pockets, I’d be happy.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #35

    If greed with Mash putting his profits first when we finished 5th hadn’t taken over when we were 2 or 3 quality players short of being a regular top six side, what a difference that would have made for everyone.
    now we’re going back over.

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  • bro56

    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #36

    hasnt Ashley said he’s got nowt to do with this site. direct news?

    sure he has..

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  • mikeyconcon

    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Nobody is actually talking about Feghouli; instead bickering about Welshmen! For my 1p worth – Feghouli is a very good player in La Liga but not sure he’s worth £10M. Which probably means we’ll sign him for £12M and waste money that could be better spent on a really top player. Also sounds like he’s a replacement for Ben Arfa which makes me sad. Such a talent, but playing in this team with these tactics does him no favours whatsoever. He could have been the next Beardsley in that #10 role; instead he’s stuck out on the wing and expected to produce magic AND track back while the rest of the team hit the ball direct to Shola or whichever useless striker we’re playing up front nowadays. (Saying that, agree with #8 Blackney – still got time for Cisse.)

    After all that, the story is probably bollox.

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