Both These Strikers Would Be Good Buys In January

Paul Ntep plays in France for Rennes and Luc Castaignos plays for FC Twente in Holland, and these two strikers would be good buys for Newcastle in January – and they are two clubs Newcastle have done business with over the last five years.

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Paul-Georges Ntep shown above in France colors

And France and Holland are the two main countries that Graham Carr and his team do their scouting in these days.

Both players are goalscorers and we need some brought in during January, although it will depend on how players like Manu Riviere, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong and Rolando Aarons perform before the end of the year.

Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley did say this on Monday night at the Fans’ Forum:

The club brought in nine players in the previous window in order to take the team forward and that additional attacking players had been pursued. The club are continuing to look at potential targets but stressed no guarantee could be made in reference to January.

Here are two players worth pursuing and both can score goals.

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Paul  Ntep (Rennes) Age 22

Ntep is a young French player that Newcastle are looking at – and he is one of the stars of the France U-21 side whoe began his career at Auxerre in 2009 and he stayed there for five years scoring 20 goals in 62 appearances with 7 assists.

He moved to Rennes in January of this year on a three-and-a-half year deal, and he has scored 9 goals in 23 appearances for Rennes, who are currently 13th in the French League.

Ntep has played for all the French Youth sides including 13 times for the U21 side scoring 8 goals.

Paul was born in Cameroon,  but moved to France at the age of eight, and he now has a French passport, and his transfer fee would be around £3M – if that.

Luc Castaignos

Luc Castaignos ( FC Twente) Age 22

Newcastle were interested in Castaignos when he was a teenager at Inter Milan in 2011, but he has been starring at FC Twente for the last couple of years and his style of play has been compared to the great Thierry Henry.

The Chronicle has reported that Newcastle have been in contact with Twente about the possibility of getting Luc in January,  and the Dutch U-21 striker would cost maybe around £6M.

The 22 year-old has made 90 appearances for his Dutch club with 36 goals and 11 assists, and that’s not a bad record, and he has 15 appearances for the Dutch U21 side with 6 goals.

Luc has 50 appearances for all the Dutch youth sides since 2008, and scored 27 goals, which is a good record, and he has both pace and skill.

Luc started his career at Feyenoord and was then transferred to Inter Milan in the summer of 2011, before coming back to Holland two years ago and signing for FC Twente.

What do you think of these two players?

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28 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 24, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Lamela goal yesterday. I think it’s the best goal in Europe this year. Incredible.

  • John Tudor

    Oct 24, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #2

    take no notice of the plonker the writings on the wall yer nob

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #3


    What writing?

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #4


    Apart from the finances I struggle to think of any good Ashley has done for the club and even the finance part of the club causes more problems than it solved.

    I can’t see many fans thanking Ashley for his tenure of our club!!

  • Dulcinera

    Oct 24, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #5

    well thats ok Optimus, i’m one of the few

    I look at the quality of the players we’ve signed since he’s been here….Cabaye, debuchy, ben arfa, Ba, Cisse, Remy, tiote, sissoko, cabella (who will come good) janmaat, all brought in reletively cheap. When was the last time we had such a good transfer policy?

    I’m not saying he’s the best or licking his arse, i just acknowledge some of the good he’s done. Id gladly accept a multi billionaire Asian man buying the club and pumping millions into world class transfers if it came along

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 24, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #6

    catchy in norway // Oct 24, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    we always get told we can not compete with the big teams at the top,

    1st problem with that statement, i don’t know one NUFC fan asking or thinking we can compete with Manu city Che Ars, or even lpool spuds on a financial level, not one so i don’t know why P45 and his band of followers keep brining that one up.

    2nd problem with that statement,

    by saying it, it seems to imply that we can not compete on a physical level, and this is where i have a huge problem with Mr excuse P45, i think we should be a match for any team in the premiership on a physical level, as every player on that pitch is blessed with the same body, 2 feet , 2 arms , a head, the very least we should be doing is competing , but i don’t see it, i see us beat by a lot of teams before a ball is kicked,

    this comes from P45s attitude towards everything, he believes he is good enough and that he has nothing to prove, and it is a massive flaw in his personality, he thinks he is a king , reached the top,
    what drives winners on in all walks of life, they don’t accept losing anything, they can lose but that only spurs them on to work harder and try different approaches ,

    P45s approach is the same no matter who we play, Brighton in one cup one week Real Madrid in another cup the next week, we set up exactly the same, no variation unless forced.

    i hate reading about Pros or Ex pros coming out and defending one of there own, whether it be my club or any other club, i 100% don’t think they a qualified to do so, some people sit and listen to them and think because they have played the game “at the top level” it makes them an expert, but an expert on what?, everyone knows most footballers are think, they have got though live because they can kick a ball, yet in reality most ex pros that go into management fail, they could have played football at the highest level won everything there is to win in the game, all that experience and still fail, yet im supposed to listen because he was a pro.

    how many games do you think Lee Bowyer has watched of us? i bet a few games that have been on sky, do you think he is looking at the bigger picture for every club in the land and knows everything about everything in every club, no, its all an old pals act, looking after there own

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 24, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Hey if he invested the clubs cash let us maximise our income potential and got us decent coaches etc id be a lot happier.

    Instead it’s constant gambles and things done as cheap as possible, we’ve got least amount of coaches in prem league and for the players you mentioned I could mention at least the same amount we’ve bought who haven’t made the grade or won’t make the grade.

    Year after year were short on the playing side and the star players leave as we pay a pittance and have no ambition, personally I think Carr does alright but he’s not picking gem after gem at all.

  • Dulcinera

    Oct 24, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Catchy in Norway

    So many things wrong with your post, where do i even begin?

    I think its funny the anti Pardew/ Ashley mob on here use this argument all the time against dissenters to try and justify themselves ” Nobody is saying we should be challenging Man city, arsenal, chelsea, spurs, liverpool”

    then who should we be challenging? the rest of the teams in the table who are mid table clubs which is what we are doing at the moment? why be so negative if yous know we cant compete at the top? accept that we dont have the capabilities to do so and stop hammering other people who have accepted this.

    You say you want us to compete with those teams on a physical level even though we dont have the same financial resources? you are mad, how can we play against world class teams without ourselves having a world class team and expect to compete with them physically. utter madness

  • terencelim

    Oct 24, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #9

    @Dulcinera, I agree with you at some points. Fans should start to accept the fact that Ashley has done all harm and nothing good to the club.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 24, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #10

    So after 7 games, none of Cabella, Rivierre, or Ferreyra are now considered good enough to start at Newcastle and DeJong is injured long term and untested. So none out of four major acquisitions are contributing, with Perez only appearing in cameos. You wouldn’t have to look much further for the reason for our poor start, a poor window, despite all the hope and expectation. Our forward line is Obertan, Cisse and Gouffran and that by EPL standards is less than ordinary.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 24, 2014 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #11

    The point is we do have a world class team.
    Plenty of our lads play for their countries.
    If our squad got their shyt together played to the top of their abilities all at the same time we would be pushing top six.
    We just have flashes of brilliance and then they all go to effing sleep.

    I agree with catchy that the Pro’s need to pull their heads in. Unless it’s Fergie or Robson or someone else who made it to the top manager wise then they are talking out their arrrs

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 24, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #12

    You’d think in general players would do better as managers. Who better to know what a player needs from a manager than a former player.

  • soundoid

    Oct 24, 2014 at 4:50 AM

    Comment #13

    We are Newcastle United, we should be a top tier team. We should not be fighting relegation. We have money. Why on earth should we be in this position. Classless Manager, Classless Owner, and a team that does not understand the PL. It’s a disgrace.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 24, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #14


    Its the first two of those things that are causing the issues with the players.
    Most of them seem to do OK for the clubs we lend them out to. (HBA excepted)
    Regime is player kryptonite

  • soundoid

    Oct 24, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #15

    and wages, we need to pay for the best, this club deserves it and we can afford it. Don’t let anyone make you think otherwise. It is a heavy shirt to wear but we need players that can. Tight arsed management is to blame. Cut the wage bill. Hire cheap french players. It’s not sustainable we as fans deserve better.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 24, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #16

    the catch 22 is though,

    until we improve our standing we won’t attract the type of players we need to improve our standing.

  • NOVA2967

    Oct 24, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Why would I be excited in these two. It does nothing for the club. Our wave length will stay the same and if they succeed they will leave.
    The only players to build Newcastle up are English players who grew up watching Beardo and Shearer. Lascelles is a start… Minges, Byram, Hughes are others who should be bought. With that said Perez looks RAWWWW!!!! Going to be a stud

  • Canny in Canberra

    Oct 24, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #18

    We have to move up in the standings and stop considering ourselves a mid table team. Then these muppets will stop using our club as a stepping stone to the top six because we will be top six. AND WE should be

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Who the fcuk is the dulcerina fella/lass. FFS done a lot of things wrong but he was well gone by the time we got relegated, the decision to fcuk Keegan off and hire Cardio Joe had a lot more to do with us been relegated than FFS throwing money around.

  • mattyNUFC

    Oct 24, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed, come on. You’ve never even seen either of these players play. like 99.9% of us

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 24, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Like I said, the most important thing is to have good game setup.Last season, not only we get good result because of krul,but also we had good game matter how big players a club have or world class players,they are beatable if u have good game setup.Spurs have one player that I consider dangerous, Eriksson, others are average,


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 24, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Can’t argue too much with that team. I’d probably prefer Cabella in for either Goofy or Sissoko. Possibly Cabella for Sissoko, and then if Rivi is fit give him the left side of the three ahead of Goofy.

    I’m not convinced Rivi would be great there, but Goofy needs to be taken out for a bit, and given a break. He has not been effective, probably since the last time we played at White Hart Lane. Playing Perez on the left is the other alternative. Just not Goofy!

  • ToonMatt

    Oct 24, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #23

    The fact is the club has gone backwards since Ashley bought it and is still in debt, No arguments, Strictly facts.

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 24, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Agree on Goufran,and I like to see cabella start as well, he has quick tricky feet to trouble spurs defenders.But I don’t think he will coup up with the pace of Lennon and chadli,that’s why Goufran is preferred.Goufran did nothing in attacking front since Jan but did well in track back and defend so far.probably, both reviere and cabella will get game time in the 2nd HF.As we play away from home,and will play counter with defensive like players,that line will probably is fair one IMO..

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m not arguing the fact that Pardew will likely go with that 11. Spurs have looked shaky at the back, and decent going forward. If Adebayor or Soldado were in form, they would have got plenty of goals. I have a feeling Kane may get a start against us though.

    Our best chance is to take the game to them, and get at Kaboul, he isn’t a great defender when he has players running at him, and that is what we need. Lennon doesn’t worry me too much, and Chadli has had a decent season. Lamaela and Eriksson are the players who make them tick, and Tiote with Colback should be able to cope with that.

  • Dasertic

    Oct 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #26

    It would be nice if we could bring players like Martin Odegaard Norway wonderkid from Stromsgodset, or player like Andrej Kramari? from Croatian club Rijeka that scored Hattrick against Feyenoord side.
    I think that with Kramari? we would get young player capable of creating goals and also scoring ones for small money.

  • stretchintoon

    Oct 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Graham carrs scouted them so they must be good,just like riverre & goufrann & all the other duds he’s recommended.

  • Dulcinera

    Oct 24, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #28

    @ 27

    first of all its only been a few games, judging rivierre so soon is just ridiculous and typical of impatient toon fans. Gouffran was never signed to be a 20 goal a season player, he does a good job, works hard, maybe doesnt score as many goals as he should and has been shocking RECENTLY but overall a good cheap buy.


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