Newcastle Scouting This Player As Sissoko’s Replacement

There is news that Newcastle may be interested in Nantes’ 21 year-old midfielder Jordan Veretout, and he could be the replacement for Moussa Sissoko if we allow him to leave the club.

jordan Veretout

Jordan Vertout – Newcastle scouting the 21 year-old

But we’d be very surprised if Moussa Sissoko is allowed to leave in this January transfer window, because selling our best player for the fourth January in the last five years, does not send a good message to any potential coach interested in taking the head coach position available at Newcastle.

But the way Mike Ashley works is that somebody meets his price on Moussa – said to be a massive £25M for Moussa – and he’s gone – whenever that happens.

The news is that Chief Scout Graham Carr and his team have been scouting the 21 year-old Veretout this season, and he certainly has an excellent record,  having played for all the French youth sides and has nine appearances for the French U21 side.

We have never covered this player before – and Jordan made his debut for Nantes in May 2011,  in a league match against Sedan, when he was just  18 years old.

He joined Nantes in 2003 when he was 10 years old,  and the 5’10” midfielder has played 124 times for Nantes with 14 goals and 21 assists, and this season Nantes are in 8th place in the French League with 31 points from their 21 games played.

As we said, we’d be very surprised if Sissoko leaves this month – but he could leave in the summer, and if a new coach is in place we may even unload some of our players this summer and bring new players in.

Two experienced players at Newcastle who could be put up for sale in the summer are Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote.

From what we can tell Jordan Veretout is a very good young player and would be happy to join Newcastle, especially if we have a top French coach soon.

What do you think?

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21 comments so far

  • ToonLynx

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Very good player! Should get him anyway to strengthen midfield! Will probably go for around £7m so would Ashley want to get him?

  • JackButler

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Another cheap player to replace a big money departure…………………remember the days when we would sign a player to improve the squad and NOT make the owner as much money as possible?

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    The silver Fox!!

  • Lost Plot

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Will take about 18 month to lure him after Sissoko sale

    Stability seems to be the moto rather than success

    Many coaches full fill that kinda of role worldwide so that’s about as far as any candidate will be asked to achieve for the vacant big salary appointment 🙁

  • 70TWO

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    This lot are doing my nut in, why the absolute silence from the club? If they don’t know the exact individual who is going to take the Head Coach role they must have some idea of the timing (soon, or the summer). JC has obviously been told to keep quite but any sense of a managed transition is being completely eroded by the lack of any credible communication from the club.

  • Thump

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    He’s a decent player, actually. Kind of like a poor mans Yohan Cabaye. Not the strongest, but his passing and first touch is fairly good.

    Note: my knowledge of this lad comes entirely from FM. It may be showing.

  • JackButler

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #7


    The silence from the club shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone as communication has been non existent for years with Pardew being left to single handedly fend off the media.

    So unless Pardew tells us whats happening in his next Crystal Palace press conference I don’t see us knowing whats happening any time soon

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Jordan Veretout has had a good season for Nantes so far this season.

    …but he is more of a Cabaye player than Sissoko!

  • 70TWO

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9


    If Mike Ashley, the billionaire owner of Newcastle United, wants the best for the football club he bought in 2007, he will sell it. If he wants to control Rangers as much as he seems to judging by his refusal to relinquish his grip on the Ibrox boardroom, he will reduce the asking price too.
    According to the club, which released a statement on its website in September in order to deny a Telegraph Sport claim he was looking for a buyer, Ashley will not consider selling “for any price” until 2016.
    You will be hard pushed to find a single person on Tyneside outside of the Newcastle boardroom or media department who hopes he sticks to that timetable.
    Ashley wanted just £100m to sell following the club’s relegation to the Championship in 2009. Surely a man worth as much as he is, could be willing to accept a similar sort of offer in the summer if it means he can get on with whatever he has planned at Ibrox.
    Sell Newcastle and buy Rangers. It really should be that simple, but there is nobody willing to take Newcastle off his hands for £250m plus, even if he was, contrary to those he employs to run things at St James’ Park in his absence, willing to sell.
    There are people willing to pay less. Ashley, though, seems determined to get all of the money back from the £129m worth of interest-free loans still owed to him, on top of an asking price for the business.
    For once, Ashley could do the decent thing. Not that such pleas are likely to sway a man who has steadfastly refused to take advice or listen to criticism throughout his business career.
    Newcastle need new leadership; a new start. They need to get rid of the man whose presence has sucked the life out of a club that once oozed pride and passion.
    The atmosphere inside St James Park during the team’s 2-1 home defeat to Southampton at the weekend was as flat as unpacked Ikea furniture. This should never be the case. Ashley has crushed the spirit of the clubs supporters. He has drained the club of hope and extinguished dreams.
    At least when former manager Alan Pardew was in place, there was something to stir up emotions, albeit mainly in a negative way.
    Newcastle are a joyless, uninspiring, unambitious football club with some of the worst public relations in the country. There is a deep divide between those who run the club and those who support it from cradle to grave. They are not the only club in the country with that schism tearing at its soul, but they are probably the biggest.
    There might be a new head coach arriving before Newcastle play again at the end of the month, but it is Ashley who must go for proper progress to be made. It is a football club that needs to be freed from his stranglehold.
    A new head coach will provide some much-needed leadership and direction for a rudderless team. The enthusiasm of caretaker manager John Carver for the job, sadly, has been undermined by a run of four games, no wins and three defeats since Pardew abandoned ship to take charge of Crystal Palace.
    Carver no longer looks like a safe pair of hands. He may still be given the job until the end of the season, but it would represent a gamble.
    If the owner is not going to leave, there has to be at least a suggestion of a fresh start. Carver was Pardew’s assistant and he is working with exactly the same coaching team that has been in place for the last four years.
    The supporters know that. They see Carver as part of an old problem, rather than a new hope. It’s a shame. The 52-year-old is a decent, loyal man who loves the club as much as any supporter, but to renovate and modernise you need to get rid of the old furniture.
    Ultimately, though, with Ashley ordering that cup competitions should not be taken seriously, that the Europa League is nothing but a booby prize for domestic success and that every player will be sold if enough of a profit can be made, it does not really matter who the new head coach is.
    They will always be rolling with loaded dice and they will always be playing with a weakened hand. The manager/head coach loses. The house wins and the house in controlled by Ashley.
    Luke Edwards

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I wouldn’t mind him here, but not as a replacement for Sis.

    …he would need bedding in I think!

  • Our Toon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Does anyone think Remy Cabella was doing step overs on t

  • Our Toon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Does anyone think Remy Cabella did step overs on the plane to Dubai

  • Our Toon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #13

    On Colo debate of whether he should or shouldn’t be going to Argentina.

    1) Family comes first, they would for you and me so it’s no different for footballers.

    2) I read a lot of, he played away his fault so no he shouldn’t go, my question to those that say that is “why should his kids be punished for his mistake and why should his loyalties be to us ahead of his family”?

    3) Would any of you put your job ahead of your kids? Would any of you go without seeing or spending time with your kids for a prolonged period of time?

    He’s a human being who has made mistakes like all other people do, Colo going to see his family is better for us because it’ll mean he returns feeling a little more happier. The anger should be directed at the trip to Dubai and why these players are rewarded for getting knocked out of the FA Cup

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Good article.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #15

    “Southampton are everything Newcastle are not as a football club. Ambitious, well run, brave in the transfer market, visionary in their managerial appointments, prolific in home-grown player production. They are not a bigger club than Newcastle but they behave and perform like it.” LE

    Employing anybody that is not an improvement either now or in the summer will be a travesty and will show how much of a lie MA has been perpetuating. The hope of financial security and graduated calculated progress will be shown to be fictitious and a complete myth. My trust was never complete but I have been willing to accept the huge mistakes that have occurred because of the larger scheme. However, with the significant profits that are now being generated by the club now is not the time to be idle or not make a important decision and investment into the future of the club.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Folk on here don`t have much imagination or sense – they take the silence from the club as some kind of personal affront – To me it seems obvious that the reason for the silence is that Pardew`s replacement needs to be discreet at the moment as he is currently in place elsewhere – McClaren – Bruce – Moyes – VilasBoa etc etc Regardless of what the goons think, Newcastle is still a great gig

  • 70TWO

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #17


  • The American

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #18

    I feel a little incensed about some of the comments directed at Colo. People seem to be forgetting that he is a fellow member of the human race and only focus on the fact that he is an athlete who is having a bad run of form. Some posters dared to compare Colo’s plight to a military man’s. It is unfair to compare the two and whoever that was should damn well know it. By that logic if I was away from my family nine months out of the year, which I am, I shouldn’t be able to see my family as much because I’m not being shot at. Good show chap. I love the fan base I am a part of but some people need a reality check on how important this football club is. This is entertainment at the end of the day. HWTL, Garde for manager.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #19

    The American

    Excellent post mate!! Spot on with your comments as well.

  • AncientC

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #20

    I don’t see how it is the clubs fault that Colo is having family problems.

    He earns anywhere between 60 to 80k per week, I seriously doubt a man that wealthy would have problems keeping a family happy.

    Not it is any of my business, but if Colo has been cheating or, his wife is a nasty piece of work, sorry, but that is his problem, why should the club get dragged into it?

    Oh well, I guess NUFC isn’t just a football club anymore, it is also Colo’s personal marriage dispute counselor.

    Good to know that the CB who missed 2 headers leading to 2 goals against Southampton, will be having a break. Colo has a family dispute, and NUFC will pay for it… whilst Colo gets to do his own thing.

    How many wives does Tiote have these days? Imagine how much time away from training he is going to need, if he cannot keep him harem happy.

  • toonbrother

    Jan 19, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #21

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