Three Frenchmen Top Newcastle’s Transfer List


It seems that Newcastle are keen to sign three Frenchmen as soon as possible, according to a report in the Journal today, and only one of them is currently participating in the World Cup in Brazil, so there’s no good reason why we cannot make progress in the next week or two.

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Remy Cabella – wants to join Newcastle

The three players who Newcastle will go after are all good ones and it seems the Toon are still confident of landing Montpellier right winger Remy Cabella, despite the (regular) protestations of their Chairman Louis Nicollin, and that his club want something like £12M for the player, which is more than Newcastle want to pay.

What’s new?

It seems that Cabella is still very keen to join the Magpies, and he would be a top signing for us, and it even seems that Newcastle have a very decent chance of signing the 24 year-old French International, who has played once so far for France.

The other two players who Newcastle want to sign are also good ones and are also full French Internationals.

They are Clement Grenier of Lyon, who we were after in January to replace Yohan Cabaye, and the other is 23 year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette, who is also at Lyon.

Both youngsters are excellent young technical players, and they would fit in well and be terrific signings for Newcastle, but we expect both to be pursued by bigger clubs than Newcastle.

And Newcastle have so far drawn a blank on most of our targets,  and we need to start pushing hard to get new players in.

But push is coming to shove now, and with training starting up again in less than two weeks time at the Benton Training grounds. we really need to get some of these targets on board so they can have a full pre-season at Newcastle.

Now’s the time for Managing Director Lee Charnley to show he can get the job done on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

Written from London, England.



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99 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jun 26, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Jesper

    i agree. Socks was played wide for us most of last season, and despite him “not being a winger” he was one of our most productive players. I think he goes in the category of ‘played out of position through necesity, rather than choice”

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah not bad mate, have you noticed I’ve been quiet on here and not argued with anyone.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Jesper
    Elliott
    Dummett, Williamson, Colocini, Hiadara
    Anita, Colback, Tiote, Goufron,
    Cisse, Armstrong

    The team above I put down is because if we don’t buy anyone in transfer the players we can make money or want to be away – Krul, Debuchy Sissoko. Most likely will not play Marvo HBA if still here then who the hell do we play!!!

    Never mind the TOON Journal reporting the TOON pulled out of the Gomis deal weekend gone because they are ‘confident’ in landing their target after the World Cup….We’ll seeeeee – ha ha ha!!!

    Then w

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #4

    But Pardew needs to drop the brand of football he plays and reverse back to the 4-3-3 he played with Ba, Cisse and Benny though if it’s to work!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5

    we played 433 when we finished 5th, so why didn’t he do it last season

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Think Deschamps has done NUFC a massive favour not giving Cabella any minutes! If he didn’t play vs ecuador he won’t play at all during this WC!
    Personally surprised we’re in for cabella, definately not a pardew type player, pretty sure ive seen him knocked off the ball by wind…
    Not very fussed about lacazette, hes ok, reminds me of Gouffran when gouffran was in french u21’s and rated at 8m…
    If we can sign Grenier i would be ecstatic! I rate him higher going forward than cabaye (cabs has the defensice edge though) honestly think Grenier would become the best player we’ve had since Shearer! Could become a playstation FIFA cover in a few years

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    4-3-3 is a must! We need to throw caution to the wind and attack teams! Debuchy and Santon are good going forwards and in Colback and anita we have a defensive midfielder who is good at covering the full backs when they go forwards. Id play sissoko central so We’d need to add/buy a left and right winger and a striker! Also still need a decent centre half so itd be 4-5 players we’d need. Wishful thinking

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  • arpeco19

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    He didn’t play 4-3-3 that much last season and tried other formations because Pardew thinks he’s actually better than what he really is. He regards himself as a “tactical genius”. One good thing that could happen to Newcastle is if England sack Hodgson, according to some reports on a few tv programmes and twitter Pardew could be in line to succeed him. Fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!
    As for signing these 3 players, why aren’t they doing it already? 2 aren’t at the World Cup, so why not sign them and get them bedded in at Newcastle before pre season starts. Maybe it’s because they’re waiting to see how many people renew season tickets? If a lot renew, it looks like the supporters are happy, if not many renew they’ll sign 2-3 players, not necessarily these ones. They’ve already signed 2 already remember. They think they’ve appeased fans.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    welsh

    pards claimed didn’t have personnel after ba was sold for 433 but said when we got remy in he again had a player that could do that role but yet never played them

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    if we play a 4-3-3 we wont be that far away from a very good 1st team as it stands

    stick tiote/colback and sissoko in that 3 with siss the more advanced and you will have a very very solid midfield that can attack when needed also without leaving our poor defence exposed.

    then striker wise you get to choose 3 of either cisse/perez/arma/campbell/goofy/arfa as it stands atm and have them concentrate more on the attack and pressing high up the field than coming all the way back and having to properly defend.

    also those midfielders mean that our wing backs could go forward as deb’s is our best crosser of the ball and get those balls in and still effectively leave 4/5 players to cover defence.

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  • giimps

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    Fraudew for England……..

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Id personally love to palm pards off on in England, but if he walks into that job after a season where we lost more than we won, conceded more than we scored and headbutted a player, there is something seriously wrong at the F.A!

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  • martoon

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Hi Markaccus, a rare appearance for you. I agree about Sissoko he was played wide out of necessity but I still think his best position is a box to box midfielder.
    People saying our players look better playing for France – well obviously France are a better team than NUFC and it is easier to play well in a good team.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14

    We changed from 4-3-3 to keep Ba happy and haven’t really reverted back to it since finishing 5th, this unfortunately is a symptom of an English manager by simply reverting back to 4-5-1 or 4-4-2

    Croftus

    I’d like to see Sissoko next to Tiote rather than ahead of him and playing in the hole behind the striker, much like Yaya in his early days Sissoko is better employed as a ball winning midfielder who should change to a box to box midfielder in the last 15 minutes.

    I wouldn’t play Colback but would sign a new player to play in the hole behind the striker

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    croftus5678
    433 looks to be the best option for us at the moment so I bet we go to city and play 442

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Jay…I would agree, but I just can’t see us signing the 5 players we need 🙁

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #17

    @jesper – agree think we’ll sign 1 or 2 at the most!
    Hopeful that 4-3-3 could work depending how our younger players have developed ie: Sammy, Campbell, Armstrong, Abeid.
    Perez for me looks a carbon copy in style to Remy and would be perfect for the left hand side! At 20/21 and a few full seasons under his belt i don’t understand why hes going into the development squad and not the first team

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Sissoko played Centrally for France in the 2nd game and he had a really good game, scoring a goal

    Last night he played wider and it finished 0-0, he was employed as a winger by Pardew because unfortunately his club manager is clueless, it wasn’t out of necessity because HBA has a better chances created, assist and goal ratio than Sissoko per minutes played. It was out of choice by a clueless manager rather than necessity.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Maybe we could employ Abeid in the advanced role with tiote and sissoko holding?

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Morning, martoon

    Aye, i keep reading the blog but i only comment if something new or interesting happens. E.g. socks being used wide last night. I do agree that his best position is central, but if diddy-o-dimchomps plays him wide then he must be more than profficient there.

    Jesper

    Basic problem with pardew is over caution. I genuinely still believe if he could ever break his cautious tactics and attack more, he would be better. I seriously doubt now that he can break his habit, though. It’s been several seasons and no real signs of consistant attacking football.

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Wonder why Abeid isn’t at the WC with Algeria? He had a decent season in Greece and theyve taken players from much weaker leagues, pretty sure hes been in a few squads previously?
    Been really impressed with feghouli and their centre forward

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #22

    @ourtoon – conpletely agree, sissoko should play right of a central 3 not right wing!
    He had movef to right wing when he scored against switzerland though… I think he had a bigger hold on the game and france looked stronger with him central though!
    Interesting thought but hes only a year or 2 older than Pogba and Pogba is valued at 60m…, but at this WC sissoko looks a better more disciplined player!
    Think we need deschamps at the toon

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  • John Toon Doe

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #23

    I agree with most of you here with the 4-3-3.

    My team for next season would be.

    KRUL
    DEBUCHY – MYM – COLLO – SANTON

    GRENIER TIOTE SISSOKO

    HBA CABELLA
    LAZACETTE

    Our attackers are blessed with pace and agility, something we were lacking last season. I think sissoko is still improving and should be not be played a winger, central box to box player like yaya toure. HBA is a very good player. he just needs to pass. What d you think bout that team? I reckon we can finish in top 7.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

    Mark…the guy is 52 now and as you say it’s been several seasons now!

    …he stumbled upon the right formation a few seasons back, but he was either too blind to see it or he just wouldn’t recognize it`?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #25

    Jay…Abeid was not mentioned in our Pre-season selection – do you know why?

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Jay

    Spot on mate and that’s my point, Deschamps only moved him to the wing when they took a 3 or 4-0 lead. Prior to that he was central and as you say he looks better than Pogba, moving him to the wing was a way of stretching the Swiss further…..he was also moved to the wing as Pogba was bought on!!

    I’m surprised Abeid isn’t there with the Algerians, Nasri isn’t for the French either though!!

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #27

    jesper

    were not back in training yet are we
    so there wont be a player roster I would be very surprised if he aint on the list

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Jesper

    thats my basic point. It is like a mental block. I think nufc are the first club where he has genuinely had enough attacking players (not now but certainly in his first couple of seasons) to really attack teams, but he just wont do it, appart from flashes here and there. I think he needs the same therapist as Suarez 😀

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Beer…I was thinking about the team mentioned for the pre-season tour. Abeid was not named!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Mark…what Pardew probably need is a foreign assistant with the right pedigree? To spur him in the right direction!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Sometimes you just cannot see the trees for the Forrest!

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #33

    ….. or to give him a firm kick in the backside each day untilhe learns!

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  • bobby mango

    Jun 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #34

    I’ll be gobsmacked of we get any of these.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35

    Let’s be clear and put this to bed once and for all. Pardew has zero chance of ever becoming England manager. I have more chance of becoming the pope and I’m an atheist.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    jesper

    I didn’t see a list for the preseason tour its very odd if he aint on it

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    i’d be pissed and out for blood if swansea get’s them

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  • geordie157

    Jun 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #38

    We need all three of them, but even then we’d still lack a top striker, commanding centre back and a pacey winger who can cross.

    Plenty of work to do, I just like many can’t see us doing enough business and yet again we’ll be left short.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39

    What are Charnley’s qualifications for the job? Does anybody even know anything about this kid Charnley? Is he the tea boy who has been promoted from within? Does he know how to negotiate?

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #40

    @ B&B – pretty much nailed it there! Charnley came in to the club as some kind of junior assistant role about 26 years ago and has just worked himself up from within…. Don’t think anyone knows much about him except that he doesnt ruffle feathers or shake things up much

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