Newcastle In Bid To Sign Ivory Coast International In January


There is news in France this week that Newcastle United are interested in signing Benjamin Angou, who plays for Guingamp, and they beat PSG 1-0 last weekend in a big upset.

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Benjamin Angou – while at Valenciennes

The Ivory Coast International turned 28 last month, so he a little old for players Mike Ashley likes to sign,  but he can play equally well at center-back or in defensive midfield.

We watched the Guingamp 1-0 victory over PSG last weekend,  and apparently Newcastle had scouts at the game and have been watching the player over the last couple of months.

Former Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye came on in the second half for PSG,  but he was as frustrated as the other PSG players, as the home side held out for a famous victory, after scoring early in the first half in the 11th minute.

Angou only moved to Guingamp in the summer as a free agent from Valenciennes,  and the news is that he is available for €5M ( £4M), and according to the French  reports – Newcastle want to the sign him in January.

He has played 18 times for the Ivory Coast,  but did not make their World Cup squad for Brazil last summer, and the news is being reported in various press outlets in France that in the last couple of months Newcastle have been watching the player.

This powerful player stands 6′ tall and is versatile and played 113 times for Valenciennes with 3 goals after joining them in 2010 from Hungarian club Budapest Honved FC, where he played 90 times.

It’s a little strange that Newcastle are now interested in the player,  after we could have brought him into the club last summer as a free agent, and to be willing to pay £4M for him now seems strange – something Mike Ashley doesn’t like doing.

But Newcastle could use him either at center-back or in defensive midfield, and this would make sense if Newcastle are ready to sell Cheick Tiote in January – and that wouldn’t surprise us even though we seem to be moving into a period of difficulties after two successive defeats.

According to our archives, we have never been linked with this player in the past.

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11 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    28 with three years or more on his contract, already a non starter, then when I read 4M I nearly spat my cornflakes out.

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #2

    On the evidence of tonight I would have much preferred to see:

    Riviere – Armstrong/Perez – Cabella
    Colback – Sissoko – Anita
    Haidara – Dummett – Collo – Streete/Satka
    Alnwick

    Which would have served the same purpose of giving new transfers / young players a game with a back bone that could withstand their midfield. The goal keeper was NOT at fault for the loss and players need to be in their more natural position.

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  • beermonkey

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #3

    just what we need to sign some1 and for them to sod off to the acon

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    tonight = last night

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    I know hindsight is a wonderful thing but I am not paid to manage the club and do not profess to have the experience, knowledge and technical understanding to be the manager. Yet someone who says that he “knows what he is doing” sends out a team that allow 4 goals to be scored, something ain’t right?

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6

    What makes this story complete and utter tripe is the fact we could of got him for free in the summer as opposed to £3-4m in January. Fatty loves a bargain and this most definitely isn’t one.

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  • stuart no9

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #7

    70TWO———- That something that aint right is our very own manager of the month…. All teams in the prem have 3 keepers ( with some experience , we have 2 and a rookie, Why? We didnt just get beat yesterday – we got a mauling which is unacceptable. We got a good hiding at Arsenal . again unacceptable , we got played off the park against chelsea , but we took our 2 chances while the rest of the time we were just looking for scrapsin a game that chelsea dominated . And that is just our last 3 games . sunderland on sunday – pardews favaorite team , i can see a disaster coming on . does the FA have an award for donkey of the month ??

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  • Ozzy

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Guingamp play better with Marveaux injured.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #9

    70Two,
    Ah hindsight, I wasn’t critical over the club having Alnwick as third choice until I have seen what’s happened, now looking at it, the club have entrusted a keeper not deemed worthy of a new contract with our seasons hopes to save a few quid, four CB’s is a big no no, four keepers, What!!! Although I wouldn’t but our goals against solely down to a rookie keeper 4+ hidings are nothing new to Pardews management, he’s had more of them in his four years here than every other PL manager of ours put together. Luckily he doesn’t spend all week on his attacking game, or maybe it’s not.

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  • headtheball

    Dec 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    I have lots of sympathy for the manager losing his best players through sickness injury or suspension but not for the manager who doesn’t know who his best players are and routinely plays them out of position to accommodate his favourites. Manager of the month my a$$.
    HWTL

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  • one Tony Green

    Dec 19, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Get in all the real fans are out in force today. Lucky to beat Chelsea me arse. If you don’t like Pardew or Ashley fine but the team played well against Chelsea.

    No wonder Newcastle fans have again been voted the most delusional in the Country.

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