Newcastle Interested In French International Central Midfielder


French daily L’Equipe are reporting that Newcastle United are interested in Monaca defensive midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, and there are least a couple of good reasons why the report could be accurate.

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Jeremy Toulalan – 31 year-old Monaco midfielder

One is that Newcastle will probably be cashing in on Cheick Tiote, Newcastle’s 28 year-old who has been at the club for the last five years and last summer the Ivorian let it be known he was willing to move on.

After only playing 12 games for Newcastle this season, mostly because of injury and not showing particularly good form,  it’s a good bet that Cheick will be sold in the summer – so Newcastle are going to be linked with defensive midfielders in the summer transfer window.

And Jeremy’s contract at Monaco runs out in June, and Newcastle are always interested in getting a good bargain and they keep tabs on which players are likely to become free agents two years before their contracts runs out.

So those are the reasons why we may be interested in the 36 times French International,  but Toulalan is 31 years-old and turns  32 in September, and that alone is a reason why we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are really after this player.

Inter-Milan are said to be interested in signing the player and L’Equipe says they have already offered him a two year deal.

Toulalan moved to Monaco from Malaga two years ago, and the report says that Napoli are the other Italian club who are interested in signing the player.

One of Mike Ashley’s strategies at Newcastle is to buy younger players for relatively low transfer fees, and then increase their value on Tyneside, and they can then be sold at a (big) profit in two or three years at the club, or even less than that.

Jeremy doesn’t fit that profile,  and that’s why we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are interested in the 6ft tall midfielder.

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11 comments so far

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Could get him on a pay as you play deal , which the club wishes they had Tiote and Cisse on .

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  • hibbit

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2

    not a hope to old

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #3

    I see Zola has been sacked by Cagliari after just 11 games .
    Any chance for the Toon ?
    Yes ? No ?

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #4

    He’d massively improve our side. Twice the player of tiote and he’d really help Abeid and Sissoko with his intelligence and experience. He can cover centreback and left back well too.

    Unfortunately theres no hope we’ll sign him! Zero chance! He’s on good wages which are tax free in Monaco. Was on big arab money at Malaga too.

    Can’t believe we still get linked to these players with the clubs strict policy. One signing over 26 in 3 years… No signings over 27 in 3 years and Charnley and Llambias before him repeatedly say no older players

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  • the white tino

    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Pennywell pay as you play eh are you the slugs personal arse licker?? What player worth his salt is ever gonna sign a contract like that?? As I’ve said before your a complete tit

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  • hibbit

    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    they only buy players with a resale value not on what they can bring to the club

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #7

    If we are signing from the French league we’ll only sign outside the big 4 clubs! Theres still some talent there.
    I’d look at the following
    Whahib Khazri (Bordeaux)
    Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse)
    Courentin Tolisso, Yassine Benzia and Fares Bahlouli (Lyon)
    Paul-Georges Ntep (Rennes)
    Neal Maupay (Nice)

    The Lyon 3 especially will probably all go on to be worth a rather lot of money

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  • jarnytoon

    Mar 9, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d take Toulalan in a heartbeat. He’s aggressive but calculated, unlike tiote. he’s very intelligent on the ball and I feel we lack someone like this. I’d almost say he’s the French equivalent of Gareth Barry, which I wouldn’t mind at all. Perfect mentor and role model for Abeid too.

    He may be 32 at the end of the season, but if Inter are looking at offering him a 2 year deal he can’t be all that bad!

    Think we need experience in certain areas and DM is definitively one of them

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  • chuck

    Mar 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Are you serious ?
    The guy is thirty one years old, are you unaware of the fact no one over twenty six has, or will be signed by Ashley.
    In which case are you so desperate for hits, you come up with this nonsense.

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  • Sav

    Mar 9, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Two reasons?
    Basically, He’s a Bargain and We like Bargains.
    That’s it?
    TWO REASONS?? You are jerking our chain for this?
    Come on, Ed. Behave, or someone will have you under the Trade Descriptions Act.

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  • sportsdirect

    Mar 10, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Too old move on.
    As for pay as play deals plenty players have signed such deals. Owen at man utd being one such player.

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