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Newcastle Losing Race To Sign Highly-Rated Winger

6:36 am, Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

There are reports in France that Newcastle are interested in signing French International winger Dimitri Payet of Marseilles, who is available for transfer this summer at a price of around £7M.

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Dimitri Payet – Swansea in negotiations with Marseilles

Other clubs interested in the winger include Swansea and Everton, and the news is that Swansea have already entered into negotiations to sign the 27 year-old, who has played 7 times for France.

Swansea beat Newcastle to striker Bafe Gomis last week, but Newcastle could have been put off by the French strikers wage demands, and he’s a player who turns 29 next month.

The Swans seem to be in the lead for Payet, but we know Newcastle will be unloading Jonas Gutierrez, Gabby Obertan, Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux this summer, so we need to bring in some good wingers.

Payer is being offered to other clubs so that Marseilles can recuperate some money that can then be used as transfer funds for new Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa, who took over from Jose Anigo in May.

Newcastle have been linked with this player before, and there were even reports last summer that Newcastle were interested in Payet, before he finally signed on at Marseilles from St. Etienne on a four year deal for £7M.

The winger previously played at Nantes, Saint Etienne and Lille, where he played 81 games and scored 26 goals with 7 assists.

Dimitri is available for £7M, which is a decent price for such a good winger who can both create goals and score goals.

It seems that if Newcastle are really interested in signing Payet, we should make a move now – before Swansea sign him up.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Written from Winchester, England.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    thank god !!
    we don’t need a player like him with all due respect
    we want Remy Cabella or Andre Ayew
    on the left wing next season :D

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Ed…this is old news mate!

    …personally I don’t think it holds any merit :)

  • 3 firebug666 // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    I find it funny when the press come out with phrases like “Newcastle beaten by Swansea for this player or that player”. The reality is we will not have even made an approach for the player.

    Newcastle have already said they are only interested in players they have scouted and that are on their short-list, and they will not get into a bidding war with anyone.

    For me this is a none starter, and again the press are attempting to make the club look incompetent when it comes to transfer dealings.

    They don’t need to, we know the abilities of our club, it’s not being incompetent it’s being to prudent with the cash that would cost us our targets.

  • 4 cyprus // Jul 3, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Ed,
    you keep saying we’ll be ‘unloading’ HBA, a wording I don’t agree with in the first case! Do you have official information on this, that he is unwanted? Is it because he fell out with AP? Because I don’t think that guy has too much say in who comes and goes, although I may be wrong. Now, would MA want to sell him? Somehow I doubt it, unless someone would be willing to pay his worth which is 20 mil minimum.

    …Having said all this, it’s a shame we have managed to under-use and abuse a mercurial player of this calibre. We just don’t know how to handle this kind of gem. It’s like a Toyota Corolla typical owner suddenly winning the lottery and buying a Ferrari. Ferraris are notoriously unreliable, terrible for day to day driving and really high maintenance. But, use them at their best and they are incomparable. And everyone’s envy.

    So sell that Ferrari :(

  • 5 xiaofeiii // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    hi

    can anyone confirm our home kit will be unchanged for next season? saw it on sale and wondering is it because we are changing kit

  • 6 kww // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    im with spoof here that pardew-haters seem to pin any mistake the club makes on him regardless if its the director, owner or players committing those mistakes
    pardew met his target (whatever the means even with some truly awful results and dreary football) last season without significant investments

    ive no problem upgrading pardew with a superior manager, but remember we had so many managers in the last 10 years who couldnt produce results with expensive players, and that was in the period the club were big spenders in the league (recall allardyce roeder period, even the great bobby robson had off-seasons)

    the club seems to b abit smarter now moving the players but the timing is simply not fast enough to catchup with the demands of the league

    pardew consistently was dealt with a disastrous hand by others although he has not dealt with them all that well, he has still largely produces results

    1st half season 10/11: average
    2nd season 11/12: overachieve
    3rd season 12/13: below average (relegation battle was bad but we went QF to Europa league which most people forget)
    4th season 13/14: average

    fans need to view his achievements here relative to other clubs investment in the squad and it’s totally stupid to compare past managers achievements because the playing field is completely different.

    if we are to replace him the only reason should be to find a superior manager, and quite honestly he has not really underachieve here

  • 7 nut meg // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Cyprus
    Are you serious saying HBA is worth a minimum 20 M? It seems to be common knowledge that he’s for sale but so far nobody’s interested in him. IMHO anyone offering 5m & NUFC will take their hand off !

  • 8 kww // Jul 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    20 mill for benny who’s kidding themselves

    fair value is about 12 mil if he has a long term contract
    as it is, his contract is expiring next year so his value will be less than half of that around 5 to 6 mil, and yet no clubs seem to b bidding

    benny needs to at least perform WELL in at least 10 games per season in order to command 20 mil in today’s market
    that if he doesnt perform well hes mostly a passenger that needs to be carried by the rest of the team

  • 9 lochinvar // Jul 3, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Payet is a non starter but if he goes to Swansea he needs to check his geography. Gomis didn’t realise Swansea was in Wales and thought he was joining an English club !
    On the bright side we are now building a Dutch core to the team so orange should be the new away strip. Tango anyone ?

  • 10 ethiotoon // Jul 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Lochinvar
    I’m with you totally, about what u saying. but I rate payet. good player with skills and an eye for goal.can dribble, take free kicks, shoot from distance. We cannot lose this type of player, specially to minors like Swansea.I just hate to hear Newcastle are beaten by Swansea,Everton,Southampton, Tottenham for this or that player. keep pushing charn…




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