Newcastle Pondering Move For Senegal Striker

Metz now want €6M (about £4.9M) for their 24 year-old Senegal striker Diafra Sakho, and Newcastle have been interested in this striker at least all this year, with other clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Marseilles, Lyon and Lille. also said to be interested.

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Diafra Sackho – 24 year-old Metz striker

There’s no doubt that Sakho has had a great season for Metz in the French second division, and in 36 games he scored 20 goals to help Metz to promotion, and they finished top of the league, 9 points above second placed Lens, and not surprisingly he was voted the Ligue 2 Player of the Year.

Since Diafra joined Metz back in 2009, he has made a total of 90 appearances with 25 goals, so last season was by far his best season, at least as far as goal-scoring goes.

It’s a bad time to lose your best player having just been promoted,  but Metz are prepared to sell Sackho this summer, as long as they get their asking price.

The club’s Academy Director Denis Schaeffer had this to say to Inside Futbol:

“Every game, there are around 15 international clubs who come to the matches to see him. English clubs are here.”

“I’m happy he’ll stay until the end of the season. Then it will be difficult for us to keep him.”

“I hope his future will be at a very important club, like Papiss Cisse, who plays now at Newcastle.”

Papiss Cisse was at Metz from 2005 until he left to join SC Freiburg in 2009, and that was before signing for Newcastle United just over two years ago, and while at Metz Cisse played 104 times and scored 38 goals.

The Metz Youth Academy is very well thought of in France, but it’s always difficult to know just how good a player like Sackho would be in the English Premier League, and it’s always a risk signing players who have only played in the lower divisions.

Certainly Newcastle can afford the fee, and we suppose it’s up to people like Graham Carr and Alan Pardew, to make the call about whether he would be good enough for Newcastle.

Sackho has never played any International football for Senegal, the country of his birth.

What do you think?

21 comments so far

  • G

    May 25, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Does he have dual citizenship then? Work permit will be an issue if he doesn’t. Never heard of him by the way.

  • toon22

    May 25, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #2

    26 is probably more like 30 due to place of birth.
    That and i got as far as French 2nd division.
    Sounds a class act.

  • G

    May 25, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Where did you get 26 from? Says 24 on the article.

  • musomag

    May 25, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #4

    We’ll offer £500K and get pipped at the post by Hartlepool

  • beermonkey

    May 25, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #5

    given the fact we will buy the bear minimum is it wise buying aficans they sod of at a crucial parts of the season for 6-8 weeks for the African cup of nations and I do believe its gonna be next season

    but apart from that I am sure he would be great cos at the mo we have an injured cisse

  • jayphoto

    May 25, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Know nothing about this player but its nice to hear from a french chairman thats not slagging is off!
    Metz like RC lens have a history of starting off careers of great players, its a great place to come through! Ligue 2 is a huuuuge jump to premier league though! Its quality is midway between league one and league 2 standard with just a few decent sides… Its rare in england a player jumps from league 1 to premier league without playing championship and is a success! Think he needs a season in french ligue1 or english championship

  • beermonkey

    May 26, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #7


    Rotherham are now in the championship
    I would like to see traviner stay there another season he has done well for them this year and I sure they would like to keep him so maybe we could loan them a couple more if they are gonna get games there

  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Always quite liked Tav as a player, he did ok at sheff wed a few years back! I think he will move on though! R Taylor back next season and Mbabu is really highly rated, expect him to be a premier league player one day though

  • beermonkey

    May 26, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #9


    I would keep him not sure how long he has left on his deal
    even if he aint good enough for us a decent championship player is worth more than one from league 1,
    did you see sunday supplement on sky sports1 this morning they were talking about Chelsea and they were saying how there going to get round some of the ffp rules they been buying good youngsters for a years and sold de brune for 16mill mata 40mill now luiz 48mill they reckon that keeper and lakaku will be the next one sold bringing in large sums of cash for them to buy who they want for the first team they had 30 players out onloan this season

    interesting take on what there up to but a good plan not sure what they paid for the keeper or de brune or lakaku but they have made good profit on what they sold already

  • EbertNUFC

    May 26, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t know about you- but I’d love this squad for next season.

    Defence-debuchy Williamson caulker Gibbs
    Midfield- sissoko payet Cabella tiote gouffran
    Attack- lacazette
    Substitutes-alnwick coloccini dummet Anita abeid ince gomis

  • kww

    May 26, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #11

    stu 9 stating many times what might happen if mourinho is managing us for the last 8 games
    what rhetorical nonsense some people spout

    i can go on forever talking the big IFs , pep is our manager and we b playing tiki taka, wenger is managing our team, ancelotti etc etc.

    do you undestand how much money is required to get these level of managers in? their own salary apart, transfer kitty needs to be in excess of 50 mil to meet their requirements. why do you think that will happen here?

    no wonder they say some geordies are delusional, yes keep deluding yourself.

  • Sazzer

    May 26, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Big Pappa Cissé
    I think Spain and Brazil are the teams to beat since we already know they have a teams and not only a squad of talented players.

    France, Belgium, Germany etc. have talented squads that haven’t quite gelled as good yet.

  • Sazzer

    May 26, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #13

    I think De Bruyne was about 9 m £ and Lukaku around 18 m £.

  • Sazzer

    May 26, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #14

    If we are going to sign the next big thing then he’s most likely is going to come from Ligue 2 since we can’t compete if the player makes a too big name of himself in Ligue 1 or elsewhere.

    Aubameyang was the prime example of that.

  • lesh

    May 26, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #15

    If only there was a realistic chance of picking and choosing.

    Hey ho, we are where we are…. Wherever that my be.

  • lesh

    May 26, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #16

    The Metz Youth Academy is very well thought of in France?

    Given our ‘successful’ Academy graduates, maybe we ought to be making some radical changes to ours?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 26, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #17

    Why not buy
    Two of our best centre forwards of late came from lower leagues and did not have any caps……


  • nut meg

    May 26, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Charlie @ 17
    Supermac got Hibbitt,Cole got Beardsley to supply gilt edged chances for them to stick away.We need players of that sort to provide chances for any strikers that come in no matter who they might be.

  • Shot Bru

    May 26, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Has Vincent Aboubaker’s been linked with us already?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 26, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Yes we need players to supply the bullets
    BUT – the point is they were from lower divisions

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #21

    I think player will be sold is Krul, he is the most likely to go because big teams want him. Juve want him to replace Buffon.
    First few games will be most likely the same squad with new GK or Eliott. I hope we can get Huntelaar otherwise crosses will be useless.
    Hopefully the team will be:
    Debu——–Willo————-Colo—–New LB
    Santon————-New playmaker——–Gouff
    New LB or existing ones Dummet or Haidara
    Santon and Debuchy will be great partnership on the right side.
    I won’t go with Tiote because he tries to play the ball too much, taking too much risk in our area and he doesn’t have good passing or awareness.
    Sissoko will help driving the ball forward and making runs into the box and Anita has good passing (better than Tiote).
    LW probably Gouff or Perez.
    Huntelaar amazing goalscoring record in national team and any league he has played, good finisher, poacher, good header.
    If no new playmaker then play with 2 strikers, Cisse or Gouffran even give Armstrong or Campbell a chance especially if they have Huntelaar as partner (massive experience).


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