Newcastle Close In On Top Midfield Target


There have been reports in several local papers recently that Newcastle are still after Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, who we tried to sign in January, and he’s still a target, even though Newcastle need to bring in a number of British players in the summer.

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Remy Cabella – Montpellier midfielder still on Newcastle’s radar

We have to assume that Managing Director Lee Charnley has been attempting to tie up a deal for the 17 times capped French U21 International since January, even though controversial Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin, for whatever reason, seems to just hate the Newcastle club, and has recommended his player not sign on at the Tyneside club.

Of course he did the same thing a year last January, when he said Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was ¨an ass” for signing on at Newcastle United.

However, Nicollin has recently promised the 24-year-old he can leave in June, even though his contract does not end until the summer of 2016, and it seems Newcastle could well be in the driver’s seat to him this summer.

The midfielder had tweeted that last Saturday’s match against Bastia, which Montpellier lost 2-0,  would be his final home game and Montpellier finish their season at PSG this Saturday.

Montpellier are still not safe from relegation yet, and although they are 7th bottom they are only 2 points above third bottom Sochaux, so if Montpellier lose at PSG on Saturday, and some of the teams beneath them win they could still possibly be relegated.

One thing to their advantage is that of the three teams on 42 points with Montpellier, they have the best goal difference.

Cabella turned 24 in March, and this season he has made 39 appearances for Montpellier, with 14 goals and 9 assists,  and maybe after the last league game on Saturday, we could even hear that Newcastle have acquired Cabella.

Hope so.

Comments welcome.



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143 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    May 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Montpellier want 11 million, we’ll offer 6 and then say we couldn’t get him over the line – much as I dislike Pards and his errrr, errrrr monologues and lack of tactical nous, working under this regime must be soul destroying ( then again, he could just leave).
    God knows who would take the job under this lot tho!!!

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 15, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    martoon,

    “I prefer to think that my money goes into wages etc…”

    Even if only 10K fans showed up, Ashley will pay wages from his pockets if needed…

    Like it or not but you are supporting the regime . Maybe not directly with your heart , but indirectly prolonging Ashleys stay. There is no point into manipulating your brain to think otherwise.

    Again, its your choice to go or not to go.

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  • Spoof

    May 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #3

    TDS, don’t bother m8, I can’t be bothered with you, your last comment sums you up perfectly for being a waste of space, these are your words “but it’s worth knowing how hard it is to win a cup AND keep up in the league.”, of course it’s bloody hard and we don’t expect to win every cup which we try to win, but we do expect to try and win it, what you are implying is that we shouldn’t try because its hard to do, then you wonder why people get agitated with you, ffs, man get a grip.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4

    By ‘close in’ you mean getting slightly nearer to the screen to see the youtube video better, no??

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    hitman

    There is a middle ground between “happy with the status quo” and demanding that Ashley sells the club that he owns you know…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    theartfuldodger

    If only 10k showed up then it wouldn’t hit the revenue too much as the bulk of the revenue comes from TV money these days.

    And if we didn’t have enough revenue and Ashley had to stump up his own money to see us through a season, that just means more debt on the club.

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  • hitman

    May 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #7

    erm you tell us wat the middle ground is

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 15, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Spoof

    Don’t be silly. I’m not implying that we shouldn’t try and neither is the club. The teams we put out against City and Cardiff weren’t put there to simple give up! The players weren’t told to lose because we don’t want to get to the next round!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #9

    hitman

    Like many people have said today, we are not supporters of Ashley and he’s done many stupid things with our club and many of us are not supporters of Pardew either. For me, because Pardew has embarrassed the club on more than one occasion and because he completely failed to compensate for Cabaye’s loss in January.

    I’d love to see an owner who engages with the fans properly and I’d love to see a manager who can play attractive flowing football and who can also talk to the fans in a way that actually sounds genuine.

    But…what I really care about is those 11 lads who are on the pitch. I want to see them trying their hearts out to represent my club and as long as they’re doing so, I think they deserve my support.

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    TDS,

    TV money is looking very large now , but remember all teams have it.
    If they invest it, Ashley will need to invest it too…just to remain in the PL..

    Also yup I agree more debt on the club. Ashley will take care of it. He has to. No choice. It will come to a point where he feels foolish,sells up and leaves. Unless yr implying he shuts shop(if thats possible)

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  • Ian Toon

    May 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Thought this might be of interest- forgive me for not did closing the source. Make of it what you will:

    The Agenda: Will Aston Villa experience alter the NUFC ownership agenda?

    Sources reckon Newcastle United might be for sale – but so are half the Premier League clubs reports chief sports writer Mark Douglas

    Before a ball is kicked, here is a key Premier League date to mark on your diary next season: December 12.

    It looks nondescript: a festive Friday half-way through next year’s top flight campaign. Nothing will have been settled and Christmas, as we found out at St James’ Park and the Stadium of Light last season, can lead us to jump to false conclusions. But all of the key power brokers in the Premier League will be awaiting it with anticipation.

    December 12 is the midwinter point of the season when the top flight authorities expect to announce which clubs have breached their own version of Financial Fair Play. With points deductions and massive fines in the offing for transgressors, it could be a defining moment in the history of the league.

    It is also the most relevant answer to the oft-repeated question that reverberates around Tyneside: why won’t someone spot the latent potential of Newcastle United and buy out Mike Ashley?

    A question that has been on the lips of United fans since Ashley’s reign first ran into turbulence in 2008, is currently being voiced in England’s second city, where Randy Lerner has heeded calls from Aston Villa supporters and placed the club on the market.

    The weariness was etched all over Lerner’s statement confirming the sale. “The last several seasons have been week-in, week-out battles,” he said. Those are sentiments that many in the North East, bruised and battered by a season that has curdled into discontent, would surely recognise.

    And the interest in events in Birmingham should not end there for Newcastle supporters, for this is the first major club to go on the market (officially at least) in the era of Financial Fair Play. With so little incentive for a big backer to come in, it will be intriguing to see what kind of interest Lerner gets in Villa.

    It is six years now since Ashley first put Newcastle on the market and in hindsight, that might have been the last time for a decade or so when a rich benefactor with eyes on creating a Manchester City-style project might have seen the potential of the Magpies.

    Back then, a tycoon with an unlimited budget could have supplied a transfer warchest of hundreds of millions, if he was so minded, in a push for the top four without any threat of sanctions from the authorities.

    Sound deluded? It shouldn’t because that is exactly what Lerner did, supplying Villa’s then-boss Martin O’Neill with the funds to launch a £200million assault on the top four. They came up just shy, Lerner’s largesse was dwarfed by new riches at Manchester City, and Villa’s dream turned into a grinding reality. If he has his way, it will end this summer.

    But why would anyone try to do it when FFP makes it so difficult to quickly catch up? From this year, clubs will only be allowed to post losses of £15million over three seasons – or face a points deduction. A generous owner can combat that in the short-term by turning his own investment into equity but from 2016, even that won’t be a defence – the ceiling for losses will be £105million over three seasons. That is why United are justifiably proud of turning around their financial situation. Their accounts mean that December 12 will pass without incident for them, and they will be free to compete in Europe – if they so wish.

    But it is also why Ashley does not anticipate any interest in Newcastle United this or in future summers.

    Even if there are prospective owners out there, the new regulations are a fly in the ointment when it comes to selling clubs of substance.

    Former Aston Villa boss Graham Taylor was on Tyneside last week at a Nike-sponsored sportsman’s lunch, and knows all about the potential of a sleeping giant. His take is that in the boardrooms of Premier League clubs outside the top four, they are fully aware that the regulations make a difference. “Financial Fair Play does change the landscape, there is no doubt,” he said.

    “Supporters have to understand you can no longer do what Randy did when he first arrived at Villa and invest such huge sums in the team.

    “We now have a limit as to how much these people can put a club into debt without incurring serious sanctions.

    “When you start to take on some of these owners in a financial sense, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to win. It’s going to be very difficult to catch up.”

    It is this sort of logic that has informed some of Ashley’s decisions in the last few months. It is also why the club continue to insist they are building for a long-term, sustainable future rather than aping Lerner and looking for any kind of public escape route.

    That does not mean things are not happening in the background. The Journal understands that someone with knowledge of Newcastle United and Premier League affairs claimed on Monday, in a rather off-hand sort of way, that the club is up for sale.

    This might sound like a front-page splash given the interest that buzzes around Newcastle on a daily basis, but it comes with a caveat: the same character reckons the club are one of between “10 or 12” Premier League sides in a virtually identical position.

    They are all up for sale in that the owners are quite prepared to part with the club if the asking price is met, but they are continuing to operate as if that eventuality might never come. There is none of the fuss or urgency that came out of Villa Park yesterday, but they could all be prised quite easily from the grasp of their current custodians by someone with a big bank balance and a burning desire to lay their hands on a Premier League club.

    Ashley does not appear to be encouraging interest in Newcastle, but pressure is starting to be applied. Anecdotal evidence – always difficult to pin down until the numbers become readily available via the club’s official accounts – suggests that many have refused to renew their season tickets after the campaign that just played out.

    More intriguing will be the effect that the poor season and negative publicity might have had on corporate sales, so often a driver of commercial revenue. Given that Ashley has shown an interest in the corporate market in the past, he may need to act to correct this. Early indications are that all boxes have been sold, which would be a surprising show of faith.

    Similarly, United’s attempt at staging a major concert in the summer – Kings of Leon are coming to St James’ Park – will be intriguing. Money made from this can be poured into the club as additional commercial revenue, which will be critical under FFP rules.

    In the meantime, we should observe events in Birmingham with interest piqued. If Villa limp on into next season with Lerner still at the helm, it will confirm that the landscape has changed – and that Ashley’s Magpie marriage of convenience might drag on.

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  • hitman

    May 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    nowt like avoiding the question you asked like.i will tho.there is no middle ground its only ashley way.end of.and his way has been a total feckin disaster.

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I dint see any effort in the last 10 or so games.

    In that case do the 11 lads deserve support…?

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  • Ian Toon

    May 15, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Disclosing the source of whom sent it to me, that is.

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  • Go toon gooooo

    May 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Alan Pardew out.

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  • lew

    May 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    TDS,

    I realise that “the cups are down to a lot of luck”, but is it worth it to risk falling on the table while we try to win the cups?

    I think that the best way to go is to focus on the league, and when we have proper width and depth, we can take on the cups!

    I hope we get Cabella, and get Ben Arfa extension.
    This way we could play wide, and deliver the ball on Cisse’s foot (nah not his head)

    Assumed we get Bafetimbi Gomis, Pardew get his “Ameobi” lol!

    Gomis is a def upgrade!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    theartfuldodger

    Yep, all teams have it. Although…some teams spent it last summer while we kept our powder dry. Swansea, Norwich, Saints and Cardiff spent a lot I believe. 2 of them got relegated and I think they’ll be in real trouble for a few years to be honest.. Swansea only did ok so I think they could struggle next season, they’d have been relegated if Bony hadn’t done so well. Saints did well but they’ll have to rebuild this summer and that’s always tricky.

    So yes…I fully expect, and DEMAND, that we strengthen this summer. Cabaye, Remy and LDJ need to be replaced for starters and then surely we can look at freshening up in a few more areas.

    I don’t think the scenario you set out will ever happen because I don’t believe that there would ever be just 10k fans for an extended period of time. I just don’t think it will happen.

    Unless fans want to sabotage us to the point that we’re at risk of relegation (and I don’t think that’s possible), then I see no reason for Ashley to be forced to sell.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 15, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Ian Toon

    Why wouldn’t you disclose the source? It’s written in am amateurish journalistic manner. Similar to many amateur writers on football blogs that I’ve seen. Not exactly the kind of thing that needs the writer hidden surely?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 15, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    lew

    If we get Gomis then he’ll replace LDJ, then we need Grenier to replace Cabaye, a tricky and pacey forward to replace Remy and then whatever else we can get for good deals. If we got those 3 then we’d actually be better than we were at any point of last season. People talk about all of the outgoing players, but would it really be a great loss to lose Saylor, Marv, Shola, Sammy or Vuckic?

    I say, focus on the league, rotate for the cups and don’t risk key players if they have knocks, then if we get to the QF stage (3 wins away from a trophy!) go for it!!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 15, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Ian Toon
    That article was in Yesterdays Journal Agenda – a 2 page spread – did not have a author as far as could see

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #21

    The key to making ourselves heard and more importantly being effective is via group organisation and group inclusion of as many people as possible. Drips and drabs are no good. Getting behind fan groups are the only way of trying to put everyone to a similar action.

    I walked out of the Cardiff game on 69mins because it was a semi-organised course of action.

    Ideally an empty stadium would make the most impact, but unfortunately that won’t happen if everyone isn’t on the same page. So, we can try and make those who stay also have impact by demonstrating within the ground like has been happening the last few games.

    Sticking your head in the sand and letting Ashley and Pardew do what they want to promote SD, means exactly that. They’ll do what they want with a complete disregard to you the fan who is ‘bravely’ supporting the team regardless. Ashley’s aim is profit-making for SD, that’s it. Somehow, I wouldn’t call that supporting the best interests of the club. Would you?

    However action is taken, inside or outside of the ground, action must be taken as a collective. If it isn’t, you may as well be underneath the toilet pan with your mouth wide open as they take a visit.

    That isn’t good enough for any fan.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Daily Mail today –
    Newcastle are lining up a summer swoop for West Bromwich forward Saido Berahino.

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  • the truth will out

    May 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #23

    get real there is no /middle ground /with ashley

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  • Ian Toon

    May 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Charlie- Yes I know. Can’t add anything more but an interesting article amidst all the dross coming out of the media in the North East. Make of it what you will. Good to see you think for yourself when it comes to supporting the toon.
    HWTL

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  • the truth will out

    May 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Newcastle are lining up a summer swoop for pigeons droppings

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  • lew

    May 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #26

    TDS,

    I agree!! But I don’t think we’ll get Grenier tho.
    Didn’t he imply something about WC before deciding on future?

    And why don’t we use the likes of A. CAmpbell and Armstrong in the early stages of the cups, is beyond me!

    Marv imo, haven’t impressed, Saylor can just leave.
    We have 5 MA-weights of average players that need championship football hahaha 😀

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  • lew

    May 15, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #27

    that’s nearly a ton!

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  • hitman

    May 15, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #28

    is this tds not stardust.lol.we have to find a middle ground with ashley.hahahahaha

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  • Ian Toon

    May 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #29

    ToonDarnSarf- Not who wrote the article but who sent it to me to post on the blog.

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  • hitman

    May 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #30

    mare chance finding atlantis.lol

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  • theartfuldodger

    May 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #31

    TDS,

    I agree that scenario wudnt play out. But thats not an excuse into tricking yr brain to think that yr not indirectly elongating Ashleys reign.

    Isnt there TV money on offer next season too ? So clubs can use it prematurely..

    Swansea are a good footballing side and with michu fit and 2 decent buys they wont get relegated. Last season(The one just over)I dint predict a relegation battle and I was right(atleast till cabaye was here)..
    But now I do predict a relegation battle btwn us,wba,burnley…
    (I expect nothing from tranafers..jst unknowns who wont hit the ground running)

    I will leave the argument on tranafers for another day cause I dont think that good players with a sane mind will come here unless theyr lied or tricked or given a 3 yr contract.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 15, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Ian Toon – sorry I do not get the secrecy bit about that article – as somebody else has just said it was in the Journal yesterday – why introduce your article supplier into the equation. Baffling indeed.

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  • Ian Toon

    May 15, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Charlie-Saido Berahino would be a good buy – he had a good season unlike WBA. Youssouf Mulumbu was also a good performer.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Ian Toon
    I thought it was a very good balanced article on the pitfalls of buying and selling clubs and the Fair Play Policy coming in.

    Find it funny no-one in the Journal put their name to the article

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  • Ian Toon

    May 15, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Mr Tuff- I am afraid it will have to remain that way. As I said make of it what you will.

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  • lew

    May 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Maybe the reason why MA is so fat, and Pardew has such a huge contract, is too much casino-time?

    -Pardew’s wage just do a loop from MA’s pockets
    -MA can’t reach his pockets cause of tight pants

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  • Thump

    May 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #37

    @Ian Toon: Rich owners can easily circumvent FFP rules. City can easily do it with their sponsorship set up.

    I wonder if anybody actually thought it would help? It sounded like a good idea at the time but in practice it’s just furthering the existing conditions.

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  • lew

    May 15, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #38

    the reason why we don’t spend!

    #biggerpantsforMA

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  • stan anderson

    May 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #39

    You are all expecting the cash to be spent this window are you.
    Why should it be any different to the previous windows.
    We,ve been demanding new signings for a long time and they dont happen do they.
    If we are in trouble at xmas we will panic buy to save our PL money again.
    How anyone can buy tickets off the man is beyond me.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #40

    lew

    If we use those youth players in the cup then people like Spoof will use that as justification that we don’t want to win a cup…

    Not sure about Grenier, I think we’d be a good move for him though. Not yet good enough to be a regular for a heavyweight club but, in a similar way to Cabaye, we could be an excellent platform for him to show his talents.

    We need some decent enough back-up players though, but I’d rather see them replaced by youth players. It would be great if players like Tav and Arma are judged as better than Saylor and Marv and take their places in the squad. They may not be stars but I’d rather see them have an opportunity than players who just aren’t going to improve.

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