Newcastle Reported After French International Winger

There was news in Get French Football News yesterday that Marseilles midfielder Dimitri Payet is being offered to a number of Premier League clubs, and it’s not surprising that one of them is said to be Newcastle United.

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Dimitri Payet – Newcastle interested in this French winger?

The 27-year-old is being offered so that the French club can recuperate some money that can be used as a transfer fund for new Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa.

We suppose Bielsa has taken a look at the squad and identified the 27 year-old Payet as a player who can leave the club, and we always think it may be a little dicey if we go after players who have been offered to us, because the other club doesn’t want him.

Newcastle have been linked with this player before, and the winger previously played at Nantes, Saint Etienne and Lille, before moving to Marseilles last June.

While at Lille for two seasons from 2011 through 2013 he played 81 games and scored 26  goals with 7 assists.

The player was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion, and he’s played 11 times for the France U21 side with four goals, and 7 times for the full French side, and he seems a decent enough player who turned 27 in March.

He is a very good passer of the ball and good at set pieces, and he would seem to be a reasonable acquisition for Newcastle, but we don’t know if Newcastle are interested in this player.

The report suggests the player is available for €8M, which is around £6.4M, and that’s (probably) a fee we can afford.

Last season he scored 7 goals in 26 appearances for Marseilles.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Written from Ipswich, England.

4 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Jun 30, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #1

    I think he could be useful, but his age is against him for Newcastle, and he might find the pace and physicality of the Premier league too much.

    Still we are in desperate need of a winger who can cross the ball into the box, or pick out a (FORWARD) pass, and he is suppose to be quite good with a dead ball.

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 30, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Obviously, if Marseille want 8M we could only offer 5M
    If they’re still interested, then so might we be.
    But it’s not about what we need, rather just what bargains we can pick up.
    27 is not too old for us either.

  • ethiotoon

    Jun 30, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    I think he is a great player.we should offload Ben arfa and replace him with payet. get 5m for Ben and we can get payet too for 5m bcoz he is put up for sale,hope we get better news this week if not best

  • geordie abroad

    Jun 30, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #4

    On paper he looks a decent player, but it seems that he doesn’t like to track back. Also what’s his temperament like?? Could just be another lazy winger who we’ll be trying to get rid of in 12 months.


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