Newcastle Interested In Algerian International Midfielder?

The 24-year-old Algerian International midfielder Yacine Brahimi has been in good form this season for his club Granada, who play in the top Spanish League,

yacine brahimi

Yacine Brahimi – Algerian attacking midfielder

There are reports in the Spanish press that both Newcastle United and Turkish club Besiktas are monitoring the 5’9″ tall attacking midfielder, who was born in Paris to Algerian parents, and is said to be a gifted player.

And he played for all the French Youth sides, but he has represented Algeria at full International level.

Brahimi is an excellent technical player, and would fit in well at Newcastle with our other French-speaking players, and he only moved from Rennes last summer to Grenada.

Brahimi started his career through various clubs in the Île-de-France region of Paris, and finally joined Rennes back in 2006, after attending the famous Clairefontaine academy for three years.

Yacine went on loan to second division side Clermont and played 34 times with 8 goals for them in the 2009-2010 season.

While at Rennes he played a total of 51 games with 9 goals, and the news today is that Everton manager Roberto Martinez is also keen on the Algerian in the summer.

He is valued at around £3.5M, but it’s unclear if Newcastle are really interested in this player, and whether he would be a good acquisition at £3.5M.

Here’s some video of the 24 year-old and his amazing dribbling skills.

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Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Apr 11, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1


  • nut meg

    Apr 11, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    repost on Siem,7 goals in 18 games, of which he has played 9 of those as a centre forward. Playing for one of the top teams in a Dutch league where top strikers regularly average a goal a game it is hardly a prolific record. Still, he is better than what we have, but whether he would be anywhere near as good as many on here seem to make out, I have strong reservations.

  • 70TWO

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4

    What we need is a French James Macarthy or Adam Lallana for £3.5M!!!!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, but there are rumours then there are rumours!

    On that Footy mad article, firstly, it is well known that Ashley actually supports Chelsea, and this Spurs thing is just some lazy nonsense to fit in with the Cockney b@stard chants.

    As for wanting him as a number 2, yeah it would be great, but is it in anyway likely?? But given that he won titles in Holland, did reasonably with Spurs at first, he will get a full managerial job no problem.

    The managers job, maybe. Number 2? Doubt it. Not to mention the unreliability of that site anyway!

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Charnley said only 1/2 players max but now we are getting Cabella, SDJ, the guys from Lyon and tenerife and now this guy lol !!

  • 70TWO

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    nut meg

    How do I get a Gorgeous Beach Body?

    Cheers for the update.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Why do they need to be French? Nick Powell from Man U would do me, and I can see him leaving if Moyes does decide to overhaul his squad and make an impact in the transfer market.

  • nut meg

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9

    OOPS……sorry about that lads……really

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Charnley said that, but if they make 3 or more signings now then they will be able to blather on about how they are demonstrating their ambitions by breaking their model! Would look nice in terms of PR for them but in reality it is a load of betty swallox.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11


    What are you telling me, that this isn’t gospel. Surely not !! Lighten up guy it’s just a passed on bit of hearsay , it’s what makes the world go round. Jeez Ed wouldn’t have a site with annoying pop up ads, without it.

  • 70TWO

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I was being cheeky and linking it to last nights conversation, apparently a player is only worth buying if they are £15M (another misrepresentation).

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #13

    This guy just looks like a poor Hatem Ben arfa. Not fit to clean his boots.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry, should have been clearer, only the first line of that was meant at you! You have taken that a bit to heart, when in reality all I was doing was pointing out that I thought it was nonsense, much the same as you and others regularly point out about other rumours.

    Fair enough, wasn’t on yesterday, so missed that!

  • 70TWO

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Lilongwe Geordie

    PR wizardry trying to cover up for the fact we have not replaced out going players, never mind 1 or 2 additions.

  • 70TWO

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #16

    The next Mike Williamson

    Otherwise known as ‘Scapegoat 2’.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #17

    They may think it is PR wizardry, but I think more and more are seeing through it each time. Like the boy who cried wolf, people stop paying attention after a while.

  • Average_Contents

    Apr 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #18

    Just a little extract of the unsackable one’s ramblings, but if believed, the 1-2 new players earmarked to be brought in are separate from if more players leave in the summer, so could possibly be 2 new players then 1 in 1 out.

    Highly doubt any of this though as he tends to tow the party line and lie through his teeth!

    I’m pleased Lee’s been appointed in that role,” he said. “He’s somebody who knows the club inside out. He’s worked on transfers and has good experience on those, and I hope we can work together in the summer to secure the players we need. We’re focusing on that at the moment.

    “There’s absolutely no conflict in terms of where we’re going. The owner’s set out the criteria and we’ve got to bring in players to take us forward.

    “We have to reflect on what happens to the squad. If there’s two or three that leave, then we have to replace them on top of the two we want to bring in.


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