Newcastle Back in For Two Top Midfield Targets

There was news yesterday that in an effort to move a potential transfer of Newcastle target Remy Cabella forward, a meeting has been arranged for this week between Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley, Montpellier officials and Remy Cabella’s father Hector, who is said to be acting as his son’s agent in these negotiations.


Remy Cabella – meeting arranged

While Cabella didn’t make the final squad of 23 he did make the expanded squad of 30, and is one of the seven reserves who could be called on in case one or more of the squad of 23 are injured, and no decision on his future will be made until that pre World Cup training is completed.

But unfortunately since January, when Newcastle tried to broker a deal for Cabella to replace Yohan Cabaye, there are bigger clubs interested in the player, and one of them is said to be Atletico Madrid.

They put up a terrific effort on Saturday night in Lisbon, and were leading 1-0 with two minutes of stoppage time to go in the Champions League final against local rivals Real Madrid, but they ended up losing 4-1.

Real Madrid became European Champions for the tenth time – more than any other club – and of course they won the first five competitions way back when the European Cup, as it was then known, was first started back in 1956.

One difficulty still in the negotiations for Cabella is that Montpellier are holding out for a fee of around £12M, and the more the bigger clubs become interested in the player, the better chance will be that they will get near that figure for one of their best players.

But we’ve seen these kinds of deal before at Newcastle in the last few years, one as two years ago with Mathieu Debuchy, where they tend to become soap operas and drag on and on before anything is achieved.

On the positive side, it does seem that Newcastle are working hard behind the scenes to try to complete their transfer business early, but there was even news over the weekend that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a fancy to Cabella, which would not be good news for Newcastle.

The other news was that Newcastle were back in for Lyon play-maker Clement Grenier, who would be a terrific acquisition for us, and Cabella and Grenier were the main two midfielders Newcastle went after in January, in an effort to replace Yohan Cabaye.

But trying to read the tea leaves on this Monday morning – it wouldn’t appear that a deal for either Remy Cabella or Clement Grenier is anywhere close on the horizon, and these two potential deals could drag on a bit.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Magpies4Life

    May 26, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    So, news is there is no news?

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    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).

  • Ben3arfa

    May 26, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Lets see if the new dell boy is any good at negotiating deals

  • firebug666

    May 26, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Don’t think we will get either, We all know Mike Ashley will not bit above what he believes is the players value. Any other club will simply out bid us.

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5

    Get both Cabella and Grenier. One of them will get injured at some stage. It shouldn’t be a problem if there will be massive French exodus.

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #6

    We need two creative players. Cabaye is gone and HBA will be gone.

  • Santon03

    May 26, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Btw I never blamed CB before, I think Tiote is the biggest problem. His job is to protect defenders but he gave them more problem. He is also too slow releasing the ball, tried to be too clever.

  • lesh

    May 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Of course the supposed negotiations for these two’ll drag on, and on and on until September when surprise surprise, we’ll be told they couldn’t get them over that line!

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #9

    If Krull was to be sold then I would definitely bring back Forster from Celtic, And money to made out of the deal as well……….Bonus for Ashley !!!
    I would sell Santon as well especially for the 12 mill being banded about. Benny for 6-8 mill + fringe players and the Cabs 20 mill would give you a rough transfer budget of around 50-60 mill
    ——————————-Forster 7 mill——————–
    Debs—————–Caulker 6—–colo————–hadaira
    Grenier 12————siem de jong 7————cabella 10
    ————————–Lacazette 15————————–
    Job done eh lol

  • gaz 44

    May 26, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Santon- I think last season tiote was poor this season was arguably our best player especially when he had armband..
    Tav might have to make the step up next year, think de buch might be on his way

  • gaz 44

    May 26, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d like to see us go in for caulker and Curtis Davis, never rated Davies till this year but every game I watched he had a cracker- same with caulker but I’ve always rated him

  • toonluvva

    May 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #12

    We will be used to push up the price for every player we express an interest in.

    I expect a couple of free transfers and on loan players to arrive in the summer as this is the closest NUFC can get to zero hour contracts.

  • musomag

    May 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #13

    We could always go for Darren Bent….lol


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