Newcastle Top Target Open To Move


One thing that will be a positive for Newcastle United, in our attempts to sign both Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier this summer, is that we have both Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko in the French squad preparing for the World Cup, and we also have Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye who will also offer some positive encouragement to the two youngsters about moving to Newcastle – and both targets are in the France World Cup squad of 30 currently preparing for the World Cup, with Grenier also in the final squad of 23.

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Remy Cabella – seems open to move

And there was evidence that not only have the Newcastle players been talking to the two players, but that Newcastle have contacted them both about moving to the Tyneside club.

The 24 year-old Montpellier play-maker has been linked with us since January, when we tried to get Cabella in to replace the departed Yohan Cabaye, and he would seem like an excellent buy for Newcastle.

This is what Remy has told the French media in the last day:

“Obviously the Premier League’s a fantastic league.” “For me, England and Germany are the top two leagues in the world.¨

“Newcastle were interested last January,  and there was a bit of contact, but it’s always difficult to move midway through a season.¨

“We’ll see what happens. There are lots of good clubs in England. If the chance comes along one day to play there – why not?”

Unfortunately Newcastle are recovering from a terrible second half of the season, which saw fans make news over the last few games of the season, by their protests to get rid of both Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley.

And for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, it was totally uncalled for, at least the protests against Pardew, whom he went on to call the perfect manager for Newcastle – and then added that Newcastle were simply a great club with 52,000 fans at each home game.

But passion works both ways at Newcastle, which is why the players who succeed at the club are those who are strong enough mentally to withstand the enormous pressures put on them by the fans – and giving 100% in every game is just one basic requirement, if you play for the St. James’ Park club.

And that didn’t always happen this year.

So we may be struggle a wee bit in the transfer market to get some of our targets through the door – but if we can get both French midfielders Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier in – that would be success in itself – and they could transform the way Newcastle play – and that sounds good to us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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32 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s difficult to move mid-season just not for Newcastle players 😉

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  • Graeme

    May 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Catchy, from previous post. I was thinking more in terms of our under 21’s, under 18’s to give them a taste of competitive footy, not a finishing school.
    As you say, that would have to be of a much higher standard. A European club would be ideal, if it could make up for the shortcomings of our own existing coaches – but, by the time they got there, it could all be too late!!

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  • Our Toon

    May 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t believe fans on here think League 1 is at a better standard than the Greek League….Clueless.

    Abeid was always spoken of highly in France, they really rated this kid but for some reason he hasn’t quite established himself here (PARDS), I’ve seen a lot of the lad and personally think he is very good and can slot straight into the starting 11.

    Can we also lose this notion of Englishmen are required, Tiote is better than Barry, Lampard is well past his best and quite frankly isnt good enough. We need clever creative midfielders not the likes of Barry etc, English lads are really overrated and over priced!!

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  • ERER

    May 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    People are actually saying League 1 is the same as the Greek league, wow.

    I suppose Rotherham will be playing in the group stages of the Champions League soon enough then.

    Panathanikos are about the same level as Newcastle play at along with PAOK and atromitos.

    Olympiakos are better than us I’d say and for Mehdi to tear them apart twice is impressive.

    People are joking about him being Cabaye’s replacement and I know alot of people here really rate Cabaye (maybe more than he actually is) but Mehdi could, he’s very talented with his distribution. He wouldn’t fill the leader role Cabaye took up but he could easily fill in the creative hole.

    I keep hearing how the club are failing to produce talented young players but I feel it’s more of a case of being scared to play them, look back at Pardew towards the end of the season, he admitted he didn’t want to play Armstrong because the game wasn’t wrapped up and won before hand. Look at Forster, instead of giving the guy a chance to stake a claim as the #1 GK we sell him for 1M, replace him with Rob Elliot and Forster went on to play in CL and even stop Messi from scoring and now he’s off to the World Cup.

    The club doesn’t give players a chance unless they have massive injury crisis in a specialist position.

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  • sweendog

    May 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    See Jimmy Briand is a free agent .. Worth a punt

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  • Ancientcoptic

    May 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    “But passion works both ways at Newcastle, which is why the players who succeed at the club are those who are strong enough mentally to withstand the enormous pressures put on them by the fans”

    Not sure about the accuracy of that statement myself – how many clubs fans would have tolerated Shola for the entirety of his career, without booing…. what about Tiote trying to score Tony Yeboah goals every game with not a care in the world. Our players have not looked overly pressured to me.

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  • G

    May 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Unless we plan on playing tika-taka next season with no strikers we should really concentrate on at least one striker at some point soon.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    ERER,
    In all fairness to the club over Forster, at the time he was sold Krul was the better keeper by far and Forster, unlike Steve Harper wasn’t prepared to hang around playing second fiddle to him, he’d probably seen the way Harper threw away the chance of England caps by staying here behind Given and decided a move away would be better in the long run, it looks like the decision has paid off for him.

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  • headtheball

    May 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Southampton require a new manager. As P45DUE was very successful there previously, I wonder if they could tempt him to return. Here’s hoping.
    HWTL

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  • usmagpie

    May 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry but are these post just refreshed from years past, this seems like we have heard this all before. I’m not saying its not going to happen but does this not feel like last year and the year before when we went after all these great players and then at the end of the window we got the ” We tried really hard to get the players needed, we will be working in January to make this right”. Come January ” We were so close agents and owners did want to deal with us but we are not going to be held to ransom because they know we needed the players” Until we actually get someone through the door that makes sense and someone we actually need then this transfer window is going to be another waste of time. I mean Steve Sidwell ????? REALLY!!!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I have a few days off so I could even drive Parsnip there 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    usmagpie,
    Everyone is wise to it now and I think most other clubs are as well, some people still actually blame JfK for not doing his job properly, I wonder how hampered any one bringing in players for us now will be due to our past behaviour, unsettling players, ridiculously low offers, agreeing transfer fees only to reject agents fees, failed medicals that pass elsewhere, the list goes on.

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  • Ian Toon

    May 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    6Jail for Ashley // May 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    tads,
    On your earlier post, I find it incredulous that some people are still blaming JfK for the inactivity in the last two windows as if the sole responsibility and purse strings rested on his decisions alone, it’s the same people who are saying, well the club said there’ll be signings be patient.

    Sounds familiar- surprise surprise!!
    tads,
    On your earlier post, I find it incredulous that some people are still blaming JfK for the inactivity in the last two windows as if the sole responsibility and purse strings rested on his decisions alone, it’s the same people who are saying, well the club said there’ll be signings be patient.

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  • Ian Toon

    May 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Rip Van Winkle.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Ian Toon,
    Why have you felt the need to post that twice !

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  • G

    May 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #16

    @14, I thought some Dutch footballer had died or something there. Took me a minute or two to work out what you meant.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed

    We may have all these french players talking to each other, but what do you think they are saying about pardew!

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  • Ian Toon

    May 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail- Res Ipsa Loquitur.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Ian…do you feel like everything is different?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Ian,
    I’m still none the wiser as to why you copied that twice, was one from you and one from Pushy ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #21

    G,
    🙂

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  • the broons

    May 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #22

    jazzyp, You might be right actually don’t know enough about him. So that just shows if we are serious about getting an actual replacement for cabaye then grenier should be our first choice. Will be more like for like.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #23

    the broons,
    It’s going to be another long frustrating window I think, there’s no doubt we will make signings and not the one or two that somebody at the club thinks is policy now, I think there will be a few brought in but I’m not expecting to be blown away.

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  • the broons

    May 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #24

    jail for ashley,
    am taking the same seat as you, the talk of 60 million transfer budget was laughable. I expect to see the likes of sidwell and colback. grenier and cabella are obviously just to make the fans feel even a little excited.

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  • Moe

    May 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #25

    On a totally different subject

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11827/9328731/transfer-news-atletico-madrid-sign-striker-angel-correa-from-san-lorenzo

    So .. Why didn’t we swoop Colo for this guy!!??
    And they wanted to get our captain on the free …

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  • Online Guy

    May 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #26

    pic.twitter.com/RQ01CSQYNH

    Sold ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #27

    OG,
    Can you encrypt that for us lesser mortals 🙂

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  • the broons

    May 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    online guy.
    Yeah I want to see the picture now

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  • Graeme

    May 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail, its an article about WWF owner Vince McMohan buying NUFC
    I wouldn’t get too exstatic about it mate lol

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  • Graeme

    May 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #30

    The photo is of him in the NUFC Wonga shirt

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  • Online Guy

    May 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #31

    jail / broons , just highlight it and right click and that should take you there . if not I will try find the right addy for ya.

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  • Online Guy

    May 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Vince is a pauper when compared to Ashley’s personal wealth ..Ashley is supposedly worth 3 billion now…and we have 98 million in the coffers . that’s TV money and cab’s transfer dosh..that’s without what we should be spending each season’s window …We are still under financial constraints ..some of the lesser clubs in the prem spent the forthcoming/got, Tv money already before it was banked start of season just gone. We still have all of our dosh ..will we spend it ?

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