Newcastle Again Linked With Sochaux Striker

talkSPORT is reporting today that Newcastle are one of the Premier League clubs interested in signing former French U20 international striker Cedric Bakambu.

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Cedric Bakambu – Newcastle striker target?

Bakambu plays for Sochaux, and they are currently second bottom of the French league and 6 points from safety, so the French club could be having a clear-out of players at the end of the season is they are relegated.

And we have seen in the last three games that Newcastle will need to bring in at least two new strikers in the summer, and the 5’11” 22 year-old striker could be one of them.

With Loic Remy out of the side with injury, it just shows you how much we have relied on the French International for our goals this season – and of course he will not be signing permanently for Newcastle this summer.

Bakambu would only cost £2.5M, and we suppose that’s the good news, and the bad news is whether he would be good enough for Newcastle.

Crystal Palace are the only other English club interested in the player, although Championship side Nottingham Forest have also been linked with the player, and that may say something.

The striker almost moved to Rennes in January, but instead Rennes signed Ola Toivonen from PSV for a fee of £2M – and Ola was another potential Newcastle striker target.

Cedric has been at Sochaux his whole career, and has 8 goals for Sochaux in 18 appearances this season, and since 2010 he has 23 goals in 90 appearances for the French club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at or sean4eva09 on twitter.

9 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    did u watch us last night?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes why?

  • beermonkey

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #3

    i left the blog last night some people are just plain bizarre

    the last 2 matches what has pardew been doing with goofy last 2 matches he has been nowhere the left leaving little or no support for the fullback

  • 70TWO

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4


    It was always a case of how well we loose last night, would we get thumped again or put up a decent fight? It certainly wasn’t a capitulation like at their place, but it was not a good loosing performance either. Goal threat, midfield creativity and defensive solidity were all below middling but not woeful.

    Also the thing is, it is still all the same players in the wrong positions when we were supposed to be experimenting with nothing to loose or win.

  • phoonck

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #5

    To those who are lashing at the management, coaching staff and players alike, think again. We are placed 8th, yesh you may not like it, but are we any better than the ones above us such as Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton? Sadly, the answer is NO. Are we better than Southampton who is one place below us? I’m not so sure, hence we’re only separated by a point. Fair enough isn’t it?

    The table doesn’t lie. We are where we are, and rightly so. So stop whining if you’re a true support of the Black and Whites! I do not have the luxury of attending the home matches like most of you do, as I am in Singapore, but am I any less passionate about the club? Certainly not! I bleed and breathe Black and White!

    I say, get behind the lads and support them!


  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6


    Didn’t just mean last night although I must admit I didn’t see the subs list, it’s just generally shola always gets wheeled out when we all know what he can or rather what he can’t do. RM has promoted Stones and Barkley and shown faith.

    I have a horrible feeling no youngsters will ever really make it or develop under our dinosaur collection of coaches,

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Martinez has always got the better of us. Even when he was at Wigan they often outplayed us and were unlucky a few times with the result.

    We need to adapt our formation from 442 when we come up against the passing-style managers like Martinez, Rodgers, Wenger, Laudrup & even Poyet to a lesser extent. It seems if a team come to play attractive football they will annihilate us, but we can handle the rest. I suspect Pardew will spot this trend towards the end of his 8 year contract, fix it for a few games, then revert back to 442

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8


    it’s not always just about the results. I may be crazy but football to me is still one of my last avenues of entertainment.

    What we see from week to week with very few exceptions is NOT entertainment and good sustained attacking football with flair over 90 mins, anything but.

    We just see a group of players with zero cohesion and ideas lurching from one clueless situation to another! We haven’t scored in 9 games in 15. Endless excuses from the Pardew apologists apart that is shicking in anyone’s language.

    If pardew had city’s s quad do you think he’d play differently? Tevez and Mascherano come to mind!
    Negativity is in his DNA

  • 70TWO

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    IMO de Jong should be given a couple of weeks in the gym with no games, to gain some strength. HBA needs to be in a steam room every day and have his food intake constantly monitored. Anita needs to quicken up and they all need shooting in to the top of the net practice (from 3 yards out).


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