Newcastle Linked With Top French International Midfielder


There are some reports out that seem a little strange to us, that Newcastle have made an offer for French International midfielder Mathieu Valbuena, who stands 5’6″ tall and turns 30 in September.

Mathieu Valbuena

Mathieu Valbuena – 29 year-old experienced midfielder

We’d be surprised if this news is accurate, since we would expect Newcastle to be after younger players, and this would certainly go against the profile of players Mike Ashley usually brings into Newcastle, which are 26 years old or younger.

At 29 he would still cost around £10M, because he still has three years left on his Marseilles contract, and he will not come cheap, that’s for sure.

And it’s probably also true that Valbuena is at or near his best right now, and therefore would not exactly improve on Tyneside, and his value would go down – not up.

Mathieu joined Marseilles back in 2006 from Libourne, who are in the sixth tier of French football, and he’s now played 318 times for the French club with 36 goals and 57 assists, and this season he has 27 appearances, a couple of goals and 7 assists.

He can play in central midfield, but when we’ve watched him at Marseilles he’s usually played out on the right wing, and he’s an extremely skillful and talented player, there’s no doubt about that, and he’s also very creative too.

The news that Newcastle are interested in him, is probably being generated because Marseilles are trying to unload some of their older players this summer, so they can build for the future, and Valbuena will be available in the summer at the right price for Marseilles, so maybe Newcastle have moved quickly, knowing he is available.

But there are younger players with potential and who could be even cheaper than Valbuena, and one of them is Clement Grenier who we tried to sign from Lyon in January to replace Yohan Cabaye.

Clement is a terrific player, and he’s only just turned 23 and has huge potential – and plays very much like Yohan Cabaye – and is great at free kicks.

And another thing which seems to go against Newcastle being interested is th right footed 29 year-old, is that he’s always played in the Champions League with Marseilles, and wouldn’t take kindly to joining a club like Newcastle, who couldn’t offer him Champions League football any time soon.

Mathieu was capped for France when 25 years-old back in May of 2010, and he has 30 caps for France over the last four years with five goals, and he was in the 23 man French squad for the last World Cup in South Africa, and is expected to make France’s World Cup squad for Brazil this summer.

We’d be very surprised if this news is accurate – and we’d much rather Newcastle go after players like Cement Grenier and Remy Cabella of Montpellier, who are young and emerging French midfielders, and who have massive potential for the future.

And after watching the really pathetic performance from Newcastle today on the south coast – if we were going to bring in six or seven players in the summer – perhaps we should bring in more than that, and unload players who are fringe players at the club – and there seems to be a lot of them at the moment.

And it’s now looking more and more like Luuk de Jong is just not good enough to get a permanent deal this summer on Tyneside, and Newcastle will need to bring in at least seven good players at least this summer.

Of course, that’s always assuming we want o build a team that is better than just finishing in the top ten next season, which we’ll just about mange this season – if we can get a couple of wins in our last six league games.

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100 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 29, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #1

    No chance .

    He is valued at £12.5 million on transfermarkt .

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  • manxpie

    Mar 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #2

    to old never gonna happen!

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  • spitfire_

    Mar 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah they will came… especially after a few more games like today’s.

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  • jazzyp

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Spitfire
    I bet there cueing up to sign on the dotted line after that performance today

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  • matias

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Wasn`t him and Ben Arfa straight alternatives for France in Euro 2012? Not sure if he`s exactly what we need.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Well as I predicted we could get beat by 3 or more goals but that was actually worse than I thought it would be we were totally outclassed by a team with a proper manager and attacking philosophy and they had our team figured out by the first seconds thank god for Elliot our that could have went into double figures!

    People were saying to me the other day be careful we may get someone like a Pulis or Curbishley are you honestly telling me they would be any worse??At least they would make us hard to beat !!

    Pochettino , Laudrup or Martinez would have done a great job with our squad and would have brought through youngsters properly we look like we should be bottom of the league they would also be on a similar wage

    I honestly hope Ashley watched that game today thought that he seriously needs to get the chequebook out in the summer and get a new manager and coaching staff in because next year the teams that play the dinosaur football are going to be the teams that get relegated and we will be prime candidates with this squad and manager especially with no Remy

    Worst bit is we have Man Utd next and they could pound us really badly dont think I can take that cause its been good watching them struggle this season but Rooney will destroy us next week

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #7

    As for Valbuena NO CHANCE !

    If the guy leaves it will be for a Champions League or title chasing team in top league he is fantastic would be exactly what we need but that would mean showing a bit of ambition so its not going to happen

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  • Graeme

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Until he’s on the steps of SJP, in the Black & White stripes, its just more bovine excrement!!

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  • Graeme

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Santon – and Rooney is coming in to great form at the minute, unfortunately!!!

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  • kimbo

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #10

    We have one useless £6 million dwarf in midfield already. Please no more French with no heart.After 50 years of highs and lows today was one of the worst, the players should donate all their wages to SBR charity. PARDEW please go enough is a enough.

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    It must be slowly dawning even on on Ashley by now that the squad beyond say 9 players really are pretty ordinary and that we need at least 4 genuine first team signings in key positions, and he surely must be thinking he also might need a new manager. This is a dangerous period with so little to play for and perhaps our best 3 and perhaps only real quality players either sold or unavailable. The rot can set in real quick in this league. Has set in?

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  • jimiley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Keep the faith in Mashers to lead us to the Champions League.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #13

    He is available to buy so we will not be interested. Loanees and freebies only at our BIG club. Focused on winning nowt. Only 6 more years of Pards.

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  • Harley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #14

    We need 3 strikers, a winger, a replacemt for Cabaye and a replacement for colo.

    Ashley needs to spend 40-60 million if we are to challenge the top 6.

    We should recouop that with outgoings and the sake of Cabaye.

    This is the most important transfer window ever for Newcastle.

    Pardew is doing an ok job considering he’s constantly undermined.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Harley, Are you for real? Or just delusional?

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  • Blofal

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Pardew claims we have the backbone of a very good team…

    But honestly the only players I would keep would be Krul, Sissoko, Willo, Tiote and maybe Gouffran as a squad player.

    We desperately need strikers, pacey wingers, attacking midfielders and fullbacks.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #17

    AGAIN Newcastle get battered and here’s another thread AGAIN about Newcastle being linked with a player!

    will this never end!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Harley @14,
    How is this window any more important than the one where we finished fifth and the players were buzzing and seemingly happy.

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Harley @ 14 – You think Pardew is doing an OK job do you?
    This team has no faith in their manager and we have no faith in him or his employer.
    The whole bloody place is a shambles and is going to get worse unless:
    a) We get new ownership
    b) We get an owner who suddenly realises that the only way to run this club is to employ a top new manager and coaching team and give him some decent investment in players.
    c) The fans start acting on behalf of the club they supposedly love and put pressure on the current regime to sling their hook.
    The alternative (ie more of the same next season) doesn’t bear thinking about and actually turns the stomach.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Speculation speculation absolutely no chance of any top players coming to Newcastle, no ambitious player would even consider coming.

    Fans still turn up to SJP in there thousands and pay to watch sh.te so why should MA spend?

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  • Sazzer

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Few reports in Germany says that Besiktas is winning the Aaron Hunt race.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #22

    the best way for MA to have the fans on his side is to sack Pardew ASAP, to hell with the transfer window I would rather see Pardew gone than bringing in any players

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #23

    its funny when ppl on here say we have a great squad mis managed by pards and then when pards says we have great players they say he is delusional lmao

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  • stan anderson

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Did not see any of the game today,but reading some of the comments on here it seems i missed nowt,
    If the truth was told we were lucky to get a point at home against the Saints they were much the better team.
    Also Stoke were better than us when we hammered them at home,thanks to the referee.
    We have flattered to deceive this season and i think our true class is on show now,2nd rate really.
    Without the good results we had early season we would be i deep relegation trouble,unless the fatman was worried and got the cheque book out again,like last time.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #25

    104toonking // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    manxpie
    welsh has shown himself up and is crying with enbarressment now that he has acted like a troll himself.

    I’m actually crying with laughter, as for manxpie it’s pointless answering any of his questions tonight because he won’t be on here until next match day

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  • Sazzer

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #26

    And Firmino signed a new contract. So that’s another player that would have been decent Cabaye replacement gone.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #27

    welsh,
    Please do tell, why are you here ?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #28

    if pardumb is still here next season we will be relegated FACT!

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  • Harley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Jimiley

    Which bit?

    Jfa

    Because this window will see us losing more players than any other window. Remy, LDJ, shola, hba, obertan, marveaux, gosling, cisse, jonas, santon, colo, Taylor. Plus Cabaye already gone.

    Ok not all definite but probable. Thus making this the most important window for many a year. Obviously you disagree though.

    Wynsleep

    Yes I do.

    A lot of the points you bring up are my own reservations. That Ashley is to blame.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #30

    B and W
    Getting rid of Pards would be a good start but with no new players the lethargic crap we have would have us relegated before next season was half way over.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Black and White with an army lol
    March 29, 2014

    So if we sign a couple of forwards, replace cabaye and who ever else leaves do you still think we will go down

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #32

    welshgeordie9

    simple answer YES with pardew at the helm

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  • Ciaran

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #33

    Ed, do us all a favour and relent with this endless stream of copy and paste nonsense, it is ever so tiring especially on a day when we’ve been royally trounced by the club who is directly ahead of us in the table, thus showing exactly what a chasm we must close to have any chance of cracking the top 8 in the league.

    Chase the actual news stories that are breaking surrounding around NUFC, such as, I don’t know, the Time4Change march that you were informed about last October, or how about the story about the ground sale that I personally informed you about on more than one occasion – both stories were infinitely more important than any of this ‘Newcastle linked with…’ bull****

    Though I do think you are more interested with chasing hits than you are with reporting actual news surrounding our club.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Good evening Ciaran and how are you this evening

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #35

    welshgeordie9

    if we signed world class players for Newcastle Pardew would still get us relegated, he’s an disgrace to football coaches in the UK including myself

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Harley,
    It might not be as boring as the last couple but it certaintly wont be that important for our quest for forty points and a then on to a great top ten finish.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #37

    toon kk

    we have attacking players who are told to play defensive, we could have a top notch manager working with the players we have now and we could of been in the top 5

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #38

    I think Stoke will go above us coming end of season

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Harley,
    What makes you think we’ll be able to off load Marv and Obertan, Cisse will not be sold at a loss and unless someone offers STaylor what he’s getting here for eleven games a season he’s not going anywhere either.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Well at least we have had good news today

    Swans beating Norwich 3-0

    Oh my beloved swans

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