Bid In For Frenchman Who Says Newcastle A Great English Team

We reported early yesterday on how Yohan Cabaye was helping Newcastle to sign 24 year-old winger Remy Cabella from Montpellier, and the news today is that Newcastle have launched an £8M offer for the French U21 International, who has great skills and would be an excellent acquisition at Newcastle.

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Remy Cabella – Newcastle one of the great teams in England

But unfortunately yesterday we missed out the very best part of what Cabella said. 🙁

So here’s an attempt to put that right, and this is some of what Cabella told the Telefoot TV show in France:

“Newcastle is one of the great teams in England.” “Yohan Cabaye told me a lot of good things about them. “

“Newcastle is a good English club. I will see what my coach and club tells me.” “I need to make the right choice with regards to Euro 2016. I could also stay in France.”

With very good reason, the majority of fans are really down on Newcastle at the moment, after a terrible set of performances and results this year, but Newcastle still have a fantastic name in France,  and let’s not denigrate the club too much.

And don’t forget we made Yohan Cabaye into the player he is today, and Yohan seems to have a great appreciation of what Newcastle did for his career in the short two and a half years he was on Tyneside.

The Frenchmen was ultra positive about Newcastle when he joined us back in June of 2011 from Lille, and that enthusiasm for the Tyneside club seems not to have diminished at all since he left us in January.

But it is very important that Newcastle get Cabella on Tyneside this summer and win the race to sign him,  and there are other clubs like Marseilles after him.

If we can get Cabella,  it could definitely at least start to raise the spirits and expectations of the Newcastle  fans – if only a little bit.

We may be the only ones, but we think with Lee Charnley now in charge of transfers,  Newcastle could have a very good transfer window this summer.

That’s what we are hoping and praying for,  and it certainly could happen.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

Note – my surgery today was extremely successful, but I’m very sore and still under the influence of the pain killers and other medication – but I feel really good and positive – so watch out.  😀

18 comments so far

  • Sazzer

    May 19, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Also according to the Sauce. Shola Ameobi are set to hold talks with Steve Bruce in the next 48 hours.Player now a free agent.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 19, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #2

    I never liked that expression paying the going rate!

    What is the going rate and when are clubs either underpaying or overpaying?

    For me it seems our problem is not wanting to pay off the agents and not wanting to pay a player a fee his own club should have paid him.

    I agree it makes it very difficult to get the amount of players we need or any player for that matter.

    I often think about how any of us react when we buy a house for instance. What are we willing to pay for the house and do we want to take on further obligations that should be on the sellers part? What about agent fees if they suddenly went up?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #3

    You know it’s the sellers marked these days!


    May 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Cabaye still singing our praises to other Frenchmen? He’s a good un at heart that mad French SOB

    As for Cabella I’d get him on the back of my shirt if he signs. Time will tell though, can’t be bothered to be so cynical so early in the BS season so I shall remain open minded to policy changes and hope he’s the first signing of many

  • Scottiedog

    May 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Please for once just pay them the money!

  • Average_Contents

    May 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #6


    I agree mate what is the going rate? Well that is set by the selling or buying club and what either are willing to pay or sell at

    Now we all know the money in football is crazy and their are lots of agents of agents of agents involved and yes it is a joke but unfortunately that’s just the way it’s always been! Players more often than not do get a cut of the deal, whether that’s right or wrong is a different matter but it’s always happened and will continue to do so

    Shady deal here, shady deal there! It’s how the football world operates I’m afraid, again whether it’s right or wrong that’s how it is and NUFC seem to want to change the mold so to speak which is admirable but unlikely to ever happen! It’s all about connections in every walk of life mate

    There is an old saying over here in England,

    It’s not what you know it’s who you know

  • Average_Contents

    May 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #7


    And your point about the selling club paying an outgoing player is extremely rare as it’s the buying club that usually does this i.e signing on fees to the player himself

    Even if the player isn’t a free agent and the buying club had to pay the selling club a fee the player usually receives a fee of some sort

  • carl

    May 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Jail FA- Listen closely on match day at St James’ Park and you can hear it. Beneath the clamour for Alan Pardew’s removal, the chanting against Mike Ashley’s tainted stewardship, you can hear it. Beneath the swells of noise which still pummel Newcastle United’s stadium, when you can close your eyes and conjure those warm, aching memories of Shearer and Sir Bobby, Keegan and beyond, you can hear it. Tick, tick, tick. The sound of a football club ticking over.

    Look across the country and you will see teams in peril, indebted to the eyeballs, haemorrhaging money. You will find anguish and despair, the newly-relegated wrestling with reduced status and job-losses. Throughout the divisions, you will stumble upon fractured dreams and sharp disappointment, concerns that careerist managers or stellar players will move on. But you will not see anywhere less life-affirming than Newcastle.

    Read through the minutes of the club’s latest Fans Forum and experience a moment of cold, grey clarity; Ashley and Lee Charnley, his managing director, are not custodians of a proud sporting institution, they are caretakers. There is no straining for glory, pushing for excellence, or speculating to accumulate, they are keeping the place tidy and double-checking that the lights still work. Tick, tick, ticking over.

    There was no fresh discovery – the heavily-trailed confirmation that Pardew “will remain the club’s manager,” barely counts – and yet with each repetition of these bland and misery words, bereft of any feeling or colour, we understand more about Newcastle’s standing. My favourite sentence was probably the “commitment to an open and consistent communications process.” Co-writer: David Brent.

    The humourless, corporate language is not a coincidence; it has been one of the few consistencies of the Ashley era, where programme notes, statements and press releases are passed from desk to desk and stripped of love, until they read like the most turgid of annual reports. Don’t let them Geordies get too keen, whatever you do. Don’t get their hopes up. Play down, minimise, obfuscate, offend.

    In the case of cup competitions, their attitude is now entrenched. “The board reiterated that the Premier League will remain the club’s priority,” they said and, in itself, there is nothing unremarkable here. Whoever you are, the league is always the priority, the bread and butter, the paying of bills, the bedrock of any season and more so, perhaps, when the consequences of relegation can be counted in the tens of millions.

    It is impossible to actively prioritise a tournament which, by its very nature, is unpredictable; all it takes is one blast from the referee’s whistle, an own-goal, a bad decision, a wondrous intervention from an opponent to make planning worthless. By the same token, you can be set up to have a go, you can pick your best team, motivate your players, instil in the club the desire and ambition to win something, the emotional importance of ending that journey.

    Yohan Cabaye (“injured” although fit enough to play the matches immediately before and afterwards) and Loic Remy did not start against Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round on January 4 and Newcastle duly lost. Those who say the XI picked by Pardew was strong enough have a point, but the atmosphere was flat and beaten from the beginning and did not waver. They have not progressed beyond the fourth round of either domestic cup under Ashley.

    The Fans Forum again. “The board outlined research into Premier League clubs in relation to domestic cup competitions in the last five years, with Swansea City the only club outside the traditional top six to win a domestic cup and not be relegated in the same season (Birmingham and Wigan Athletic were both relegated).” Research over the last five years is a contradiction in terms. It is a five-minute click-fest on Wikipedia.

    How about this season, when Sunderland’s fortunes were resuscitated and then inspired by their run in the Capital One Cup? How about Hull City, who have definitely not been relegated and are in Saturday’s FA Cup final? What about Portsmouth (not, admittedly, the best model of financial probity), who won it six years ago and finished eighth? Since 2000, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough have all lifted a trophy and stayed up, outside the top-six.

    This is not prioritising, this is close to saying that cups are unwelcome (which, in retrospect, is pretty much how Newcastle’s season in the Europa League has been portrayed). Here is the next passage: “Independent research into the cost of relegation over the past ten years showed there is a 50 per cent chance of not gaining promotion back to the top flight and a 30 per cent chance of being relegated to League One or further. In addition, if clubs do return to the Premier League, it takes four years on average.”

    What if Newcastle could finish higher in the table than their most recent 10th? “At this moment in time, the club’s priority is the Premier League.” The choice being offered is stark: stay in the Premier League or go for a cup and be relegated. It is also patronising nonsense.

    Newcastle are averse to opportunity. When they finished fifth in 2012 and had momentum behind them, their only senior signing was Vurnon Anita, whose midfield position was not a priority. By the time January came along and a small squad was stretched and struggling, they were obliged to splurge. Then came Joe Kinnear and a wasteland spell of Director of Football, which brought two transfer windows without a permanent addition.

    They were sixth on Boxing Day, with a chance to kick on. Instead, Cabaye was sold – for less than Ashley wanted – and promise dissipated into dreadful form and growing animosity. Contrary to the statement which accompanied Charnley’s recent promotion, when he said Newcastle’s intention is to sign “one or two players per year to strengthen the squad,” they will be far more active this summer, but this is less a demonstration of ambition as simple necessity.

    Without Cabaye, Newcastle are barren creatively, particularly with Pardew unwilling to accommodate Hatem Ben Arfa. Without Loic Remy, whose loan from Queens Park Rangers is now complete, they have no regular source of goals, and without Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong they have no back-up, no matter how pale. Replacing them will be costly, although with the money they have saved and the riches banked from television revenue, they can afford it.

    Newcastle have become self-sufficient, but no boundaries are being pushed. At the Fans Forum, it was said that “the owner is not actively trying to sell the football club,” and while this is true – no bank or broker has been engaged – there is a sensation of limbo, stability as an end in itself rather than a side-effect of sound and structured leadership, tick, tick, ticking over, waiting for the right offer, loveless and lacking soul. They are a football club where football is no longer a “priority”.

  • swemag

    May 19, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #9

    This could be a good one. Another good thing about this one is that his agent is his father, so how high can the fee really be. If he signs for us it is because both him and his father have come to the conclusion that Toon is the right choice for him.
    On Cabaye, if he still is saying good things about us…what if he is not playing enough in France…get him back on loan next January? Too disruptive? Any takers?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 19, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I know the TOON drive a hard bargain try not to pay the price the selling club wants.
    But one thing to their advantage they pay cash and the full amount not in installments

  • carl

    May 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail FA—7Dingo†® // May 18, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    from George Caulkin – The Times

  • davis_toons

    May 19, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Best Regards to you ED and thank you for posting all news link related to Newcastle. Really very good effort at your age. Keep it going … Upz!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13

    AC…my point was more in the direction of loyalty fees and so on.

    …connections are very important in football I agree. Personally I get where the club is coming from and I probably wouldn’t pay those reticular agent fees myself.

  • Average_Contents

    May 19, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #14


    Jfa has been yearning for that article for days now and I can see why as it hits the nail rather firmly and squarely on the proverbial head

  • lesh

    May 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Let’s just hope that the supposed bid of £8m isn’t €8m and in any event it isn’t the final offer for Cabella.

    He says he may stay in France so we’ve got to offer terms acceptable to him and his agent – assuming our offer’s accepted!

    Or will this drag out like the rest and he’ll be another one where the overall package lies within our principles – whatever they may be.

    Hey ho, here we go – another summer of fffff…fun or will it be ffff… all?

    The latter I fear.

  • tynesidetommo

    May 19, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #16

    My expectations of NUFC is so so low I’m waiting for the catch cos there always is one with Ashley. But glad your day went well Ed

  • Davies

    May 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Been a while since I posted, but glad you’re doing well, Ed. Thanks for keeping up the good work.

  • toonincheek

    May 19, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Excellent news on your surgery, Ed.


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