Newcastle Scouting For Top French Talent

The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle are keeping tabs on young Rennes forward Paul-Georges Ntep, who we have been linked with for over a year now, and the player was at QPR last January when he was still at Auxerre, and the other club said to be interested at that time was Newcastle United.

Paul-Georges Ntep

Paul-Georges Ntep – Newcastle watching him last night?

In fact earlier this year a number of clubs were said to be interested in the 22 year-old,  who has played for all the French Youth sides,  and the clubs interested in him included Arsenal, Roma, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle.

Paul-Georges Ntep did not join QPR (or Newcastle for that matter),  but instead joined Rennes in January, on a three and a half year deal, and so far he has made 62 appearances for the French club with 20 goals and 7 assists, which is a good record for the left winger.

Newcastle scouts were apparently at the Euro U21 play-off qualifier between France and Sweden last night, which France won 2-0,  and Ntep was in the starting line-up and played the whole game.

Also in the starting line-up was one of our former midfield targets 21 year-old Florian Thauvin, so maybe we were (also) watching him.

We have to believe that Graham Carr and the scouting team are out there busy watching players we can bring into the squad in January, because if we are still lingering near the bottom of the league, we will need ample reinforcements if we are to successfully fight against relegation.

Maybe Newcastle are looking at Thauvin to add some creativity to the side, but Ntep is a very good goal scoring winger- and we really need both creativity and goal scorers in January – as well as defensive reinforcements.

Thauvin is now sadly too expensive for Newcastle, and he signed on at Marseilles just over a year ago on a five year deal for €20M (£15.7M) – so we lost out on our chance to sign Florian, when he was younger and cheaper.

The 21 year-old technically gifted player has played 26 games for Marseilles with 11 goals and 6 assists.

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22 comments so far

  • toonking

    Oct 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #1

    the debate over weather or not mbiwa was a decent player we will just not know, players do very well in one league but awful in a different one, cabaye is an example we see at the minute. players can look very good in some teams but hey might have world class players around them, england players look great when playing for club but awful when combined and also a player can fit in very well at some clubs but others will not be the correct choice for them, torres chelsea, cabaye PSG, enrique and carroll liverpool.

    we might not know his strengths in this league but what we will know is 3 people made things difficult for him and they were ashley, colo and pardew.

    1. colo and ashley- colo we know wants to return to argentina, the problem he faced was ashley being a greedy g1t wanting more than argentinian teams would offer, if colo was really so desperate for a move why not hand in a request that way he would have stood much greater chance of leaving.

    2. colo and pardew- pardew knows colo will not be happy sitting on the bench after being made to remain at the club, colo and mbiwa were not a good partnership as non were that strong in the air. He might have been captain but the stuff happing back home would not have made it easy for colo to captain the team, we also had a great vice captain tiote. Jonas is back in argentina at the minute, HBA could do what ever he wanted whilst injured so why didn’t pardew just allow colo to return home and give willo and mbiwa the spot.

    pardew and ashley- the games mbiwa did get a start in were poor ones but them games had him playing as FB not CB, we did only have 1 RB at the club and still do, if ashley had not been so greedy we might have been able to buy a second FB, we see lots of CB do poor at FB so pardew is such a clown expecting mbiwa to be any good as a FB.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 11, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Great we are looking at young French midfielder that Pardew will not be able to use properly ……

  • mag92

    Oct 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardews got Armstrong, Abied, Sammy, Arrons, Perez and he doesn’t use any of them properly just bit part players in his push for championship football.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Nabil Fekir is better than Cabella apparently Pacier and stronger

  • gazzaforever

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Lol those players will never come here everybody know now in France how poorly managed Newcastle is. Only a fool would join us unless Pardew fck off in January but it wont happen.

  • Sliema

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Someone gave a tip on here yesterday:
    Andorra b Belgium and Gibraltor b ROI

    My lord, so glad I didn’t put a quid on that one Hahahaha!!!

    It finished Belgium 6-0 Andorra, ROI 7-0 Gibraltor.

    Who was that?!

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #7

    It was toon tang lol 😀

  • Belfast

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #8
  • Average_Contents

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #9

    Putting us to shame those rangers fans and he doesn’t even own them outright.

    Buying goods at SD, running it through the till then offering a quid was fcuking genius lol.

    The stores had to employ extra security so therefore must of knew there was demonstrations planned that day. Who said fatty isn’t arsed, who said he doesn’t read or take notice of paper’s?

    He’s been here 7 years and we still let him take the piss! Perhaps a few of our fans groups can get together and do similar. The skin isn’t as thick as it seemed is it!

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #10



  • Belfast

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Mikey will not be happy with that lol

    That’s only a little taster of what to come for him.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Was about to post the same article as Belfast / Avrg Ctnts as a an example of direct action and actually doing something that has impact. I saw the following article yesterday which showed how even a League 2 side with very little budget are able to galvanise the club and supporters around a ‘brand’, not an advertising logo.

  • Belfast

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Hit him in the pocket. The only thing that will annoy him.

    Quite funny actually, because Rangers have supporters clubs and fan groups all around Scotland. So Hopefully they use them wisely.

    Poor old Mikey lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Tremendous effort by Rangers fans in SD and Cruise shops. Supporters enetered the shops and selected various items -let them be rung through the till -then offered a £1 (which is what Tubbs bought the naming rights for).
    Few posters with spivs out on displayed as well.
    Mr Tubbs will not be a happy bunny.

  • magscar

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Belfast Average Contents

    Got to say it was on the money and I hold my hands up to the simplicity yet effectiveness of it.

    Leaves our individual and bands of protesters standing.

    Would copying work here?

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Does anyone think x factors lola saunders shows a likeness to someone?

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 11, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Well looks like the Rangers fans showing the Toon fans how to act against Ashley !!

    Still I bet 50,000 turn up for the Leicester game and do NOTHING AT ALL AGAIN !!

  • 70TWO

    Oct 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #18

    How crash proof is the SD website?

  • magscar

    Oct 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #19


    Rangers have shown how to hit the (prospective) owner and still turn up in your droves at the match.

    SD. hurt not our club genius

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Oct 11, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #20


    Only thing is I could see it eventually hurting the Toon in the long run ……

  • magscar

    Oct 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Are you saying that an effective protest against SD could rebound on us?

    I have been concerned at this for years but most on here don’t worry.

    If campaigns like Time4change and Sackpardew continue their war of attrition it divides fans spoils games and just drags on.

    Rangers may have hit on a way to bring about real and effective dialogue if not immediate change.NUFC need to do more than copy action effective as a flash mob in the Toon would
    LD be. This type of action needs to set the agenda for future protest.

    Ashley may look for vengeance but he will also have to be cute not simply vindictive or he will kill the golden goose.

    Possibly a high risk strategy for the very reason Ashley will take notice and no one knows what he will do. Will Bishop urge calm and will he listen?

  • magscar

    Oct 11, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Would be!

    Where the hell did LD come from_ not touched a drop yet


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