Newcastle’s Chances Of Getting Midfielder Are Receding


Newcastle United wanted to get Remy Cabella into Newcastle before the World Cup started, but events haven’t turned out in Newcastle’s favor, as our initial rather low bid of £6.5M for the French International was immediately rejected by Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin.

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Remy Cabella – first bid immediately rejected

And with Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier being unable to play in the World Cup because of injury, Cabella is now in the French World Cup squad of 23, and that could mean little business will be done for the creative winger until the end of the tournament on July 13th.

And at least one reason for that is that Nicollin will be hoping that his player first of all gets some playing time for France, and then that he plays well, and that would help to push up the transfer fee of the winger.

Montpellier hope there will be a bidding war develop for their 24 year-old winger, but Mike Ashley has shown more than once that he’s not interested in paying above his valuation – for any player.

That has meant that in the past the transfer negotiations have dragged on and on for some of our targets, and that sometimes we just walk away from the deal.

And that could happen again with Cabella, although a second higher bid is expected to come from Newcastle United this week – but at best it will be around £8M – and nowhere near the £12M that Nicollin would like to get.

However, Nicollin will simply reject Newcastle’s next offer, and hope that Cabella plays well in the World Cup for France.

This thing could drag on and on this summer – something we’ve had to endure in the past,  since Mike Ashley bought the club seven years ago.

Comments welcome.


137 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    If we sign Gomis we should go all out for Grenier! They have a great partnership and understanding at Lyon! Baf is great for bringing midfield into attack.
    At the moment i’m happy with what seems to be happening in the window. If Gomis is a shola replacement then the squad is stronger. If Colback is to replace Gosling, the squad is stronger again. It will still be important to replace Cabaye and Remy though. Cabella and Grenier would suit for me on that one

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  • lesh

    Jun 9, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    hey ho here we go again.

    When will Ashley ever learn – that’s assuming that we were genuinely after Cabella at all.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Receding more rapidly than Ashley’s hairline eh.

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  • Shaker

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    MA will earn around 70 Million pound this year
    and that’s after i removed the wage bill
    and added to them Cabaye’s money !!!

    HOW ON EARTH WE ARE UNABLE TO SIGN
    CABELLA ????

    even if that will cost the club £ 12M !!!!
    this is a small amount of money if you
    compare it to how much Ashley will take
    this season

    PATHETIC !!!!

    i can’t believe it 🙁

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    It’ll definately hold up Cabella going anywhere but I think its unlikely he’ll get many if any minutes at the world cup barring injuries to a couple of players.
    On Nicollin, we NUFC fans get to paranoid he hates Newcastle. Nicollin hates everyone! Just only his rants about Newcastle get translated into English. He hates Toulouse, Monaco, Marseille, PSG just as much. The guy hates life i’m pretty sure

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #6

    Couple of papers have got us rivalling Everton and The Mackems for Curtis Davis today. Cost is apparantly 8m? Guy had a hell of a season and I remember him being really decent for West Brom but then being pretty awful for Villa and Birmingham? He’s not long turned 29 also so surely too old for us. Be happy if we’ve expressed an interest though purely because it means that the Colo and Willo partnership which is simply awful hasn’t gone unnoticed

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    where is scott dan

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  • KingNash

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeahhhhhhhhh Cabella isn’t worth 13million. I’d rather get Grenier for that money, and seeing as he’s not at the WC we probably have more chance knowing the way bids go up after a bit of international exposure. Cabella is Hatem Ben Arfa trying to be Cabaye. Grenier is a non tackling Cabaye trying to be Zidane.

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  • blew

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Ashley can only take advice on football
    matters from his manager. Little wonder
    his views appear to be impaired and
    retarded.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #10

    i’d guess we wont get cabella now but “if” we get gomis/colback/perez then atleast we have improved on the players we have let go of as a squad (obv remy/luuk wasnt ours)

    i’d go for the injured grenier next once gomis is sorted then atleast that will be cm sorted ! (hate the fact we will have goofy playing lw next year if we dont sign a winger but atleast rolando will get some playing time)

    still need a striker/cb/lw/cm imo.

    and still some need to go.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Grenier is the more natural replacement for Cabaye and not Cabella.

    Cabella would be an upgrade on Ben Arfa .

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Can’t ephasize enough just how well Gomis and Grenier link together! If we sign Grenier I will be happy for Gomis to be our number 1 striker! Watch a fair bit of french football, St Ettiene are my second team really! They had Gomis for a bit, he used to miss a lot of chances but his build up play and finishing has improved dramatically at Lyon, especially under Garde! He’s the kind of player that will probably play to the same standard aged 34 that he does now. Hes a 7 out of 10 player who will probably guarentee 12 premier league goals a season but Grenier is a potential 10 out of 10! Has the ability to become 5 times the player of cabaye and to be a 30m player.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #13

    @11 ben

    i agree i see cabella more a left wing than a cm and ye grenier like you say a more natural replacement.

    i’d love curtis davis here also tbh even at 29 he’s still a huge improvement on our defence.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    @12 jay

    i <3 the look of gomis and think he's very suited to the prem but i've not watched him a great deal and was said by a supporter a few days ago that his offsides were very very bad (worse than cisse's) is this true and if so is it poor reading or pace ect that could be causing it ?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Jay…what if they are Remy/Ba and Cabaye replacements?

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Personally I find Cabella far too lightweight, really really doesn’t strike me as a player Pardew could or would want to work with….
    Suprised we haven’t gone in for Niang who was on loan at Montpellier last season and can play that Remy left striker role. Still young, very pacy and powerful, apparantly off to West Ham.
    Would look at Belhanda again from Kiev too aswell as Dragovic (absolute monster)

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  • KingNash

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Curtis Davies is not an £8million player. If we’re going after Davies, why the hell did we drop out of the Lescott discussion? Lescott is basically a better Davies and would be available for cheaper from a large club looking to upgrade that position. Makes no sense at all.

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  • niafron

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Bonjour messieurs.

    To answer to Belfast, (in a previous post), Louis Nicollin became rich by running a garbagemen company.

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  • geordie157

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19

    So gomis, grenier and Lacazette?

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  • cyprus

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Did you watch France? Awesome. Would love to have a player like that Sissoko… Wait a minute, he’s ours!

    With players who are actually leading or starring in their teams (e.g. Deb, Siss, Tiote) and underutilised talent (e.g. HBA, Sameobi, even people like Abeid, Vuckic, even, yes, pardewed Guti) and several other very good players, we SHOULD NOT be playing crap.

    With 3-4 new ‘serious’ signings we should be ok. The foundation is there. Can AP develop this talented group into a team? Have my doubts.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    The club should not do any deals with montpelier.

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  • couchy-spennymoor-mags

    Jun 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Spent nearly 2 million already on some Spanish kid. Two potential freebies in collback and gomis. Sound right up fatboys street this. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if that’s our transfer business finished. If so il be betting big on us for relegation this season.

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #23

    sorry but me too

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  • KingNash

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #24

    @22 – couchy-spennymoor-mags

    Even if we only buy Gomis and Colback, we won’t getting relegated next year. More is needed, but not necessary in order to avoid relegation. Our goal is top 6, more signings are needed to achieve that specific target – not the ‘avoiding relegation’ target. That one hinges around keeping most our core.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #25

    only in the paper but there saying we have agreed to sell vuckic and traviner
    does any1 one know if its true

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  • Lost Plot

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #26

    BLEW : Ashley can only take advice on football
    matters from his manager. Little wonder
    his views appear to be impaired and
    retarded.

    VERY VERY TRUE … Any team is as strong as its weakest link

    HOWEVER .. If Ashley too blind n dumb to take advice of a like for like from a TOP MANAGER .. then he obviously pushing his faith in to Pardew (that wasnt a sexual pun)

    Id love to see Pardews wishlist if that of a blank cheque book

    I did feel for the manager last season when he was injury bound with actually none of his own transfer targets.

    ANYWAY .. HWTL 😉

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #27

    @24 king

    i agree with only gomis and not forgetting arma/campbell/perez and cisse who will surely have better form ! we will be top10-mid table again imo.

    the aim is to iron out the creases and become a top 6 team.

    @25 beer

    not read or seen anything m8 so prob just paper talk.

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  • lewisnufc

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #28

    has anyone seen the picture on twitter circulating of someone holding a top up in the ground?

    supposedly the lads mate works in the stadium and he sent it over .. doesnt look like colback cause hes not a red head haha

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #29

    @jesper – if they are Remy and Cabaye replacements then next season will probably start how last season finished.
    I could handle Gomis being Remys replacement (just), but we miss a Cabaye like player and Colback just isn’t it! If its true we have signed Gomis, the strikers that he and Cisse are create very little for themselves and work off supply! I’ve honestly no doubt that if we played with actual wingers whipping in 25 crosses a game either side of Cisse hed have a 20 goal season.
    I fear with Pardews tactics we could only play successfully with a front line of 1986 Maradona and 1970 Pele. Players that score from absolutely nothing….

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #30

    @lewisnufc – its not Ayoze Perez is it?

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  • lewisnufc

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #31

    @jayphoto

    no mate its not cause the pitch is dug up and it wasnt at the time of the Perez photos. Looks like they are holding up the away strip too.

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  • anthc

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #32

    Gomis and colback are decent signings for free imo. Unfortunately I work in sunderland and they’re gutted we’re getting colback for nowt. As for gomis as long as he puts himself about up top as I think we’ve lacked a bit of physical presence upfront.
    As for cabella he does look small but doesn’t mean he can’t play in the premier. If hes good enough hes big enough. Grenier could be a good option now hes out of the world cup and probably could be wrapped up quicker than any cabella deal.
    We do need a decent ready made centre half although I’m not sure davies is the answer. Hes had more poor seasons than good ones.
    Typical we leave rebuilding until a world cup year so id be surprised if we spend all of our kitty now if we have one that is as ashley won’t pay the going rate nevermind a little extra!

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #33

    croftus

    I wouldn’t be surprised if we did sell them
    the deal is supposed to be with Rotherham but trav has an offer from wigan

    I don’t mind selling any of the younger players that were onloan except albied and cambel

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #34

    Jayphoto
    Why the hell would we pay 8 mill for davies when we could probably bag Caulker or M Richards for that. Cheick Kouyate is available for around that fee is a colossus at the back.
    Then there is Lovren who I would love at the club who might be worth a punt as it looks like Southampton are becoming the new selling club of the PL

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #35

    looks like Jack Colback. Similar height and build! Pretty sure that was rumoured to be being completed today

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #36

    @jaazyp – thats what I thought mate, just was in a couple papers today! Don’t really want Davies, not for 8m but i’ll be happy if they’ve enquired because it means they know we need a new centre half, bit worried we’ll go with willo and colo again next year, they really don’t compliment each other.
    Don’t really rate Caulker at all! Hes a centre back thats better in the oppositions box than his own! Agree there is some good defenders out there though, Cameroon have got some cracking defenders in their squad

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #37

    Vuckic and Tavs for £500,000 to Rotherham………ya having a laugh !!

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Rotherham have got a bargain if thats the case! Bet it comes with sell on clauses and additions if it is that low…
    Still shocks me how little we let Perch go for, he got Wigan player of the year this year I think?

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #39

    as we are becoming the give them away for bugger all

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #40

    vukic is never going to get into our team tbh he’s been touch and go for 2 seasons now if he was going to be released or not but tav will/would be very usefull to us imo as i think he will do pretty good in the prem.

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