Financial Troubles In France Could Help Magpies Sign Top Player

There have been reports that Marseilles winger Andre Ayew would be available as a free agent in the summer,  and there’s been some confusion about that,  but he did sign a one year extension to his contract in the middle of December, so his contract doesn’t run out until next summer.

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew – Marseilles struggling to pay wages

This is what Andre told L’Equipe on December 15th, although reports this year have still said that he is a free agent this summer:

“It’s true I have agreed a new one year deal.” “The last day, Vincent Labrune called me and asked me to stay.”

One good reason Marseilles wanted him to sign a new one year deal is financial in nature, and it’s to protect their investment in the player.

If Andre does move this summer to England, which still seems very likely, the French club will be able to get more in the transfer market for him.

And that move to get him singed up for another year seems to have been forced by Marseilles because they are not in a good financial position.

And news today that even though they are second top of the French league only two points behind leaders Lyon, Marseilles are surprisingly struggling to pay the wages of their players.

This is what Ayew has  told French radio station RTL:

“Olympique de Marseille has had financial worries for some time and cannot pay some salaries.” “Now, today, I am at Marseilles but maybe I won’t be tomorrow.”

“I still give them time to work and I get along very well also with the president Mr. Labrune.” “I think we will have a discussion at a future time, we will take a decision together.”

“Now I do not have a resident agent. I work alone.”

So Ayew is working as his own agent right now – so maybe that will help keep down what it would cost to bring the 25 year-old Ghana International to Newcastle?


Of course Andre will have read about the new financial deal the Premier League has just agreed for the TV rights, with the new deal to start in just less than 18 months  time.

There is no shortage of money in England (at least at the top level), although Andre has wanted to move to the Premier league for some time now.

But it does mean he will be a bit more expensive than he was when he was a free agent,  and we still think if Liverpool are really interested – that club would be his number one choice.

But Newcastle could still be in with a chance, and he would certainly be an excellent signing for Newcastle, if we can get him to Tyneside.

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32 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    there’s only one club in the prem with no money to spend THAT’S US

  • beermonkey

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #2


    its not that we don’t have money we choose not to spend it

  • hibbit

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #3

    from a fans point of view no money to spend beermonkey they club choose not to spend not us

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Beer, I read that from them too, or via a tweet, or both. A plan of action could be being thought up right now. It needs to be a calculated approach, and that can’t be done overnight.

    We already saw the extra stewards on each gate and the bin liners full of posters which were removed from people (except mine) when entering the ground and even by stewards inside the ground in an attempt to make protests look worse than they are. Even some of our fans were being sucked in by it.

    It got to the point of moving our away fans higher up into the crowd (leaving blank seats at the front) so that it didn’t have as much effect when Pinocchio walked to the tunnel. Cameras still caught the visual displeasure with some neat camera angling. This was a measure which was reportedly confirmed as having been requested by OUR club by one of our away fans who had asked the home ground’s head steward or whoever it was.

    What I’m saying is that the club will make all kinds of efforts to neutralise our discontent. Banning papers, Bishop etc. Are all more ways of brainwashing the perception and stoking up the propaganda train.

    Organising something sustainable will need to have a lot of rolling contingency plans.

  • clinath@ed

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    The really sad thing is, we all know we have no intention of getting him. Worse still, we accept it now.

  • hibbit

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #6

    has any one else noticed that alot of the stewards are now not local

  • AncientC

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #7

    I am not surprised he has got rid of his agent, if he was advised to take a 1 year extension at Marseille so that Marseille can get a transfer fee for him… that is money he could pocketed himself from leaving on a free.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed I think you should stop articles of us apparently interested in signing someone or will interest us in the summer. It’s getting frustrating.

    Because deep down all of us know we are not interested in anyone nor will we sign anyone who cost 1 Penny more than the management think they are worth.

    We will only sign if it’s absolutely necessary to keep us in in the league. Just forget about all these articles of Daniel Wass and what nots. None will be coming. And you know that as well.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #9

    We are truly a shambles of a club. The stadium on match days have no life and no soul anymore.
    There is no noise at the grounds. It’s like turning up to a funeral. The city has truly list all its spark.

    Sums up Ashley reign.

  • geordie157

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Ayew, yes please but we’d need some ambition to pay his wages.

    Wass, no thanks, championship player unless he’s improved a lot in the past year or two.

    Taylor, a injury prone Taylor is still more worth keeping than Wilo. But ideally both go and we get two quality cb’s in.

  • Sliema

    Feb 16, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #11

    I used to get excited by transfer rumours, however bizzare they were, they were never absolutely unthinkable.

    Now its very depressing.


    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #12

    No-one believes any Posts any more about Potential Signings Ed !

    So its not really worth posting any rumours about future transfers.

    I don,t believe anyone will be coming before a Head Coach is appointed in the summer. If that Head Coach is JC then absolutely no-one will be coming in the Summer either?

    This is where Ashley and his bumchum LeeCharnley have taken the club and we will never amount to owt until they have left !!!

    Just Saying Like !!!

  • hibbit

    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    these rumours are manufactured by the club mr bishop or the press because they need something to write about


    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Add to this the two players from Nottingham Forest, well they will be with us in the Summer, but the club will say they are two new signings while we signed them last year already and Loaned them back .

    The Big Question is also if they can hack the Prem League ? I have my Doubts !

  • hibbit

    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #15

    will charnley ever get a job in football again after the mess he has made with this one or will it be sports direct in the metro centre making the tea

  • beermonkey

    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #16


    I hope they are planning something the day bagged everything up I might be wrong, but weren’t they asked if it would be ok and then just changed there mind and baned it all

    I also don’t believe lambsarse has been attacked by rangers fans I think its all bishop

  • hibbit

    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    beermonkey without a doubt looking for the sympathy vote mr bishop all over it

  • knocky

    Feb 16, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #18

    When you all put the money you save from not buying season tickets and not buying pies and programmes and boycotting matches, let’s hope it comes to £300m+ because if it doesn’t then you are wasting your time. Until someone has the money and the inclination to pay what Ashley wants then he won’t be going anywhere. Lerner at Villa is asking a lot less and no-one is buying them either.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #19

    i think that’s what hibbit meant

  • toon kk

    Feb 16, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Let’s be honest, we all know no quality named signings will be brought in unless there free and are willing to work on a reduced wage.
    Im not sure I’m bothered anymore and I think a lot feel the same way.
    Sad really.

  • scout

    Feb 16, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Still not having this craic about the prrmiership being the best in the world. They are some bang average players in it.
    Pit top to bottom against the german and spanish leagues im convinced they’d come out on top.
    99 million for finishing bottom in two years. It’s gonna blow itself out of the water soon surely.
    How many WORLD class players are here?
    Not many in my eyes.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 16, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Blackley’s at SJP for the youth cup game.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 16, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #23

    So Villa got Sherwood as manager guess who they have in 2 weeks time??

    We always seem to catch teams when they are getting the new manager bounce !!

    So whats peoples predictions for Saturday? Bearing in mind we have no defenders at all on the bench now Dummett is injured ??!!

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 16, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Jonás Gutiérrez may yet appear for Newcastle one final time following the collapse of a move to his former club Vélez Sarsfield.

    Gutiérrez, who has overcome testicular cancer, had held talks with Sarsfield chiefs about a switch to the Argentinian club prior to the closure of their transfer window on Sunday.

    But the 31-year-old midfielder failed to finalise terms and on Monday was returning to Newcastle, tweeting a picture of himself on a flight heading from London to Tyneside.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 16, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Beer, they’d written in an article that they had assurances from the club I think it was, but then the club acted against what they’d initially agreed to which SP were very disappointed about, and rightly so.

  • stuart no9

    Feb 16, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #26

    No news whatsoever i take it ?.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 16, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #27

    This is how SP ended their article following the Hull game:

    “We feel that this is not the club we love or the club we once knew, but that more and more this is a branch of Sports Direct run by a charlatan, acting as a puppet for his master.

    These people must not be allowed to continue unopposed.

    We will not stop until they are both gone.

    Alan Pardew is just the start.”

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Seating chaos at SJP. Having to open up another section. kicked off and disabled can’t see game.

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #29

    The concern expressed at the time of Pardew’s departure by many toon fans was the presumption that things could only get better under a new manager. Managerial changes can reap spectacular dividends, but last season’s reshuffles at Fulham (from Martin Jol to René Meulensteen to Felix Magath), Cardiff City (from Malky Mackay to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) and Norwich City (from Chris Hughton to Neil Adams) all culminated in relegation.

    It’s almost as if Catchy carnt can, but not by those of us who remember he’s got form for duff recommendations -ole! If your Gunnar be careful what you wish for.

    Having witnessed the Palace game at close quarters I am pleased we’ve got a few points on the board. This was a very
    poor second half showing- by any standards.

    I would be interested to hear from the likes of Lilongwe, Transfer, Tads as to whether we are soon to find ourselves in a relegation battle. The mackem derby game could be crucial. Don’t rule out a change of Coach/ Manager before the end of the season. Carver is out of his depth was the Toon Army view at Palace.

  • Alternative Headline

    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Financial Troubles In France Help Anyone But Magpies Sign Top Player

  • aussiemag

    Feb 16, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #31

    ED please stop writing this hash about Ayew we know he is not coming to Newcastle

  • sickandtired

    Feb 17, 2015 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Shyte article.
    The last player Ashley/Charnley will sign is a guy who is already arguing over his wages.
    Maybe FDB will change their minds when he comes?\ That was of course sarcasm!


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