Newcastle In For 6’4″ Powerful Ligue 1 Central Defender

A report in the French outlet Marcato365 is linking Newcastle with 26 year-old Senegal International Papy Djilobodji, who plays for FC Nantes.

Papy Dijlobodji

Papy Djilobodji – 26 year-old powerful center-back

The player has one year left on his contract at Nantes, where he has been since 2010, after joining them from December of 2009.

The 6’4″ center-back has played 177 times with 9 goals and 2 assists for his French club, and apparently there was some interest in him during the January transfer window.

He was in the Senegal squad for the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in January,  and made two appearances in the group games.

At 6’4″ tall he is very good in the air, has speed on the ground and reads a game well – so those are a rare combination of talents to have.

While his main position is in central defense, he can also play in defensive midfield.

With just one year left on his contract at Nantes, Newcastle could move in and potentially get a good deal, and we are going to need to bring in a lot of players this summer to strengthen and expand the squad, and the back four will be a priority area.

Djilobodji’s powerful build and physical makes him well fitted to be a success in the Premier League, and we need big center-backs at Newcastle, who can head the ball – as John Carver has alluded to.

Sunderland are also said to be interested in the player , who would probably cost around £4M, which is the type of low transfer fee Newcastle like to to pay.

It should be a very busy summer transfer market for the north-east club, who are operating with a threadbare squad – and to an extent it’s do or die if Mike Ashley is ever going to build a top side at Newcastle.

That’s always assuming that’s something that may interest the owner.

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33 comments so far

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Apr 8, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Just our type – cheap and young. REALLY

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Apr 8, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh i forgot – out of contract. YAWN

  • Sazzer

    Apr 8, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Worse pass% than Willo.

  • Sazzer

    Apr 8, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle United, Stoke City and Sunderland are among a number of clubs interested in Shrewsbury Town starlet Josh Ginnelly

  • lesh

    Apr 8, 2015 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Look to the upside.

    Ashley’s drawn the attention of the national broadsheet press and his exposure ain’t gonna be good for his already tarnished image.

    What with SD and its zero hour contracts, his contempt for the SD board in not involving it in discussions about the dubious pre-pack insolvency of USC, his excursion into Scottish football through Rangers, and of course his contempt for Newcastle United, the City, its officials and the Club’s fans.

    He’s still summonsed to be grilled by a Parliamentary Committee which he’s trued to brush off and make no mistake, that’s not going to go away. He’ll be ripped to shreds – all under the watchful gaze of the media and the business community at large.

    The fans of Newcastle United will have their day and it’ll not be too long before he’s gone.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 8, 2015 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m fully behind the boycott against Spurs. I hope those of you who are locally based and are sick of Ashley will do the same. Now is the chance to make a visual statement, OUTSIDE of the ground whilst the game is going on. It needs strength in numbers. Don’t go in.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Apr 8, 2015 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #7

    From AO if you haven’t read it: notes with interest the call, originating from @NUFC_Stats and endorsed by many, for a boycott of the Tottenham Hotspur game due to be televised by Sky Sports from St. James’ Park on Sunday 19th April at 4pm. will actively participate in this boycott and promote any such action, endeavouring to provide materials, manpower and publicity. This is a perfect example of the sort of direct action always planned to encourage and support. We will work alongside all supporters and supporter representatives to ensure the protest is successful.

    We would like to invite you to join us for a visual and audible protest in Leazes Park starting 30 minutes before kick-off (3:30pm) and continuing until full-time, followed by a post game protest under the Milburn Stand, for which protest materials will be provided.

    While encouraging as many as possible to participate, our primary motivation will always be to unite fans in action against Ashley both inside and outside the stadium. Each of us has our own personal motivation for deciding to join the boycott of this particular game as a form of protest or not and we respect that. If you feel you cannot miss the game for whatever reason, but sympathise with our protest, we would encourage you to join us for the pre-match protest at the Leazes end, where we can provide you with protest materials to express your discontent with Mike Ashley inside the stadium, and to join us for the post game protest under the Milburn Stand.

    Whether people choose to boycott or attend the match, apathy is no longer a viable option.

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 8, 2015 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s worrying time regarding relegation.There is no way we gonna get anything out of the next two games,considering our recent performance,esp agt sunder’d.
    We were so poor, looked championship and relegation team.No sensible passing,no fighting,unable to threaten oppo teams in the final third,nothing.And donot think that’ll gona improve in the next two games with the current coaches.I don’t know who is gonna save us and where on earth a win will come from.If we lose the next 2,w/h I certainly think we do, and other teams below us win,we will be in big trouble.People argued with me here when I say we are not safe even when we were 13pts clear,saying there is no way those teams will pick points b/c they are so poor.But who is poor now and who is picking up points?Becareful what u thinking because the opposite is happening.I like those people to come now and explain how and in what way we gonna survive this season because that is the most important thing from all.IMO it’ll be a miracle if we escape the drop. may God protect us!!

  • WestOzMag

    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Just the person we need to get out of the championship next season.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Plenty people on here thought Carver would do enough to keep us up.

    He now has a 15% win ratio!!!

    That equates to 2 more points gained from now till the end of the season.

    Considering he win ratio has been tumbling since he took over, I am struggling to see where those 2 points are going to come from.

    Maybe Leicester away or WBA at home, and would 2 more points be enough to avoid the drop!?!

    We desperately need Cisse back…He is our only hope Of us scoring any goals…incredible situation!!

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Do what you gotta do..
    Boycotting, protesting etc,but that is useless thing to do now because the team,we care about, is in big trouble!!
    Get ur head straight & think b4 u do sthg!

  • brklyngeordie

    Apr 8, 2015 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #12

    this blog has been severely watered down with these horrible transfer rumors sometimes think Ed is working with the regime and tries to pull the wool over our eyes and take our minds off the matter at hand…Mike Ashley OUT!!! Nothing else matters..
    Posted on thread yesterday for a small step towards revolting and that was to unfollow @NUFC on twitter if you have it and follow…
    Yesterday they were at 535k and today they go up!?! We really will never progress if we never UNITE its very sad

  • Santon03

    Apr 8, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s not entirely Carver’s fault, even pardew can’t produce wins with much fitter squad.
    Although I’m not happy to what Carver said about Santon that we are much better off without him, his statement kinda stupid, which part is much better when you are down to 2 real defenders available (RB & CB). If it was the case that Santon wanted out, then his girlfriend wouldn’t make a fool of herself.
    If we are not prepare to buy or spend a lot of money on players transfer fees then we should do like Serie A clubs do, get players on loan with option to buy which has smaller risk than buying flops like Riviere.
    Tuchel, FDB, Garde, Galtier are our choices and not available mid season, they all said they wanted a year break or wait until season end.
    This is pardew’s legacy like it or not, he kept players like Gouffran, Anita, Saylor, etc. He played players while they were not 100% and they got injured again. If pardew stayed, it would be same situation.
    I said this few days ago, I would like to forget this season and hope we stay up even if finished just above relegation zone then I want to see when those managers are available which one we will get and the squad, if it stays the same next season then I give up, it will be the same sh!t for long time. Hopefully 2 wins will be enough to save this club from relegation.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 8, 2015 at 5:29 AM

    Comment #14

    brklyngeordie…not every new entry from Ed can be about our hatred towards the regime!

    …it was never the purpose of the blog. If you want people to unfriend Newcastle on twitter and forth, maybe this blog should avoid to many topics about our owner unless there really a story?

    *since threads on here gets exposed on News now! He likes the attention whether it’s good or bad – he feeds on it!

    Nothing much of relevance is happening in the world of Newcastle maybe that is what this is a reflection of!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 8, 2015 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #15

    *he = Ashley

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 8, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Yeah, I think we will still stay up, even if we don’t get anymore points. 35 would have kept us up in 6 of the last 10 seasons.

    QPR are 9 behind, with 6 games to play. They play Chelsea at home, then West Ham. They also have trips to both Liverpool and Man City to come. Then they play us and travel to Leicester final game of the season. I don’t see them picking up 9 points, particularly as they have only picked up 4 in their last 6.

    Burnley are 9points behind with 7 games left. They have only managed 5 points in their last 7 games. They have to play Hull, Leicester and Villa. They may well pick up points in each of those, but that would mean their opponents miss out on points, all those three need to win to catch us. They also have Arsenal, Everton and Stoke to play. I’d say Burnley have a chance of picking up 9, but it would be at the expense of other strugglers.

    Leicester are 13 behind with 8 to play. In their last 8 they have secured just 5 points. Again, Leicester play a host of other teams in relegation trouble – Burnley, QPR, Sunderland. But they also have Chelsea, Southampton, Swansea and an improved West Brom to play. Can’t see them picking up 4 wins and a draw from those games, plus the game against us.

    Hull are next, they are 7 behind with 7 to play. They have picked up enough points in their last 7 to suggest they could do it, but have a very tough run in. They welcome Liverpool, Burnley, Arsenal and Man U to the KC, and have to make trips to Southampton, Crystal Palace and Tottenham. Burnley and Palace look their best bets for points, which would put Burnley deeper in trouble.

    Villa are currently 5th bottom. For all of Tactics Tim’s motivation, they have failed to win in 3, and failing to beat QPR has left them vulnerable still. 6 behind with 6 to play, and picked up 7 in their last 6 games. They play Tottenham, Man City, Everton, West Ham Southampton and on the last day Burnley. They could pick up the required points, but again, it would likely need a result against Burnley.

    Essentially, the teams at the bottom have a lot of fixtures against each other, and would have to pull out a number of massive shock results against teams still playing to secure European football to give 3 of the 5 teams a chance of overtaking us.

  • hibbit

    Apr 8, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #18

    the pr big guns will be out today we have them worried the momentum is building for a boycott its important we stay together and keep the momentum going ASHLEY OUT we can do this

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 8, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Will be interesting to see how many join in with the boycott and protests. I’d hope that all those who say they have stopped going and given up their tickets still make their way to Leazes and join in the protests, rather than remaining a silent bystander. From the number I have seen saying they have stopped going on here, social media and other websites we must surely be looking at several thousand strong in that group alone.

    Would never expect the majority not to enter the stadium, but it would be good if we can cut down the gate number by at least 5,000-10,000. I think any more than that (and possibly even the higher end figure) is a bit ambitious for an initial protest. But 5,000 off the gate protesting, plus another few thousand who have already stopped going, that is a significant protest and a great starting point.

    Protests should then continue every home game, more and more will join in if they see others doing it.

  • leonado_keng

    Apr 8, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Ashley GET OUT!!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #21

    I hope the AO group have addressed the problem with security seizing “protest materials” from fans who wish to enter the ground. Clearly dangerous items can be seized and if you refuse to be searched -they can deny you entry.
    It is my belief that a poster similar to the sack pardew ones do not fall within the definitions/examples within the ticketting conditions and the Regs which are common to all PL teams. Have AO written to Steve Storey the head of security asking him to justify what happened last time. Have the AO group sent a Freedom o Information request to the cops asking them about this matter. (hope so as they are now out of time to get anything returned before the Spurs game).
    Those with protest materials need to know their rights when attempting to enter the ground. An effort is required to video fans being denied access, bags of seized material needs recording.
    When you see Liverpool games on the telly – I’m amazed at what their fans are allowed to take into the ground -massive banners and posters.
    A press protest should follow declaring that Toon fans are being unfairly gagged (in comparison to other teams in the PL) – this then portrays the bad side of Mr Tubbs – which should fit in nicely with the growing public awareness of his despotic tactics.

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Fair enough explanation and hope you get it right there.Looks like our escaping will also depend on what results those you mentioned team gonna achieve.What worries me the most is that we scored only one goal in our last 4 games and we were very poor in front of goals,with very poor displays, apart from that second 45 min agt arsenal(w/h still were poor upfront and still lost it).Our spirit and motivation is down.Plus John’s team selection and vision is very poor.He killed colback’s contributions in MF by playing him deep.So too with sissoko.He still didn’t figured out his players suitable positions.So too with Goufran.He is wasting players potential by making same mistakes. unless he changes their suitable positions, particularly, colback’s and sissoko,in the next games,we’ll register same results that we achieved in our last four games,and he will be the main responsibil man if something happens to this fc on the pitch!!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #23

    I have no hope in the protests. I think most fans are daft and will still attend.

    Thank god for pardews run earlier in the season or we will be nailed on for relegation. They should be 3 team worse than us. Might finish around 15th-17th.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #24

    The bad side of Mr Tubbs? Are you implying there is a good side? You are right though, the seizing of material should be caught on cameras. They said they had gone through the appropriate channels last time, hopefully they have again.

    Provided they adhere to them any confiscation of posters and the like should be caught on camera and given to sympathetic press – Luke Edwrds always seems keen to stick the boot into Ashley, and is already banned – alongside the documentation received by AO on what is and isn’t allowed.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #25

    reyantoon – I think that mathematically we are in the claggy however as there are teams much worse than us -they’ll probably not be able to match our points total so we should scrape through and save our bacon yet again.
    It is such a shame that we now assess our survival, not on the basis of how good WE are but on the basis that other teams are crappier than us. A sad story of a lack of ambition.

  • Chris

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #26

    Ed, is this the article that you’re quoting as the source for this story?

    The first four words (“Selon le Daily Star”) translate as ACCORDING TO THE DAILY STAR !!!!!!

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #27

    Lilo – I think someone on here suggested a possible breach of contract as well re the seizing of materials/denying access. If the seizing of materials could be shown to be unfair/unreasonable/unlawful that may provide the basis to pursue a “sacrificial” case to test any breach of contract potential.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #28

    We are struggling for goals, most definitely. I’d like to see Arma played in at least the next few home games. He can’t be anymore impotent than Rivi, or even Perez at the moment. With Aarons almost back fit then a front three of Perez, Arma and Aarons will at least be something fresh , have pace and a willingness to try.

    Cisse is back for the last three though, 2 of those home games against sides who will have nothing to play for (probably) by that stage, West Ham and West Brom. I can see us getting points in those. In between that Cisse is also available for the trip to QPR – which could finish them and see us safe. Cisse has only started a third of the games under JC, and has managed 2 goals in those 4 starts.

    Colo back soon as well – just 1 game left. He isn’t great anymore, but he will allow Janmaat back to right back and Raylor to left back. This will enable Colback to move to centre mid again, if JC doesn’t move him there for the Liverpool match.

    We also have Swansea at home who have little to play for, and I think we could get something there. All in all, I think we will be okay.

  • Grievesie

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #29

    The fans have always been cannon fodder for the owners of NUFC. SD has no worldwide brand and only operates in the UK. It’s the Tv revenue which makes Ashley’s eyes light up. . He has spent in excess of £200 million in acquiring the club and the debt. If this is not a marketing tool it is a shocking waste of money. Asley is not a fool.

    Lilongwe is level headed and should be listened to and not some of the know nowts on here. Just think about it. he’d have been better off investing in the stock market or buying property in London / South East.. As Simon Jordan ex Palace owner said it was an impulse purchase with money burning a hole in his pocket after taking Sports Direct public , a quick turnover and profit.

    Instead it was a case of fools rushing in with the real villains and the wise men, Hall & Shepherd, rushing out, laughing all the way to the bank. Leaving the fans as cannon fodder.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #30

    lilo – the UK press always bleat on about the freedom of speech, the right to protest etc etc. We should be providing them with some decent material so they can highlight it. If they do not – they are labelled with the double standards/hypocrisy tag – labels of which I’m sure they would want to avoid.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 8, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #31

    A breach of contract? Don’t quite see how, but don’t really know much on that sort of thing.

    I think if we have a copy of their stipulations, can prove that any protest items adhere to them, and have evidence that they have been confiscated then there is certainly the unfair/unreasonable argument, as well as the prevention of a right to peaceful protest – the right to peaceful protest in the UK is expressly guaranteed under European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) – then there can be further pressure applied.

  • Davies

    Apr 8, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Sometimes reading the comments on here is like reading an extremist group’s manifesto. So much anger over football.

  • nufc 11

    Apr 8, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #33

    If we don’t get relegated Will be in the same situation this time next year Notting will change without Ashley gone what a sight it would be to see an empty sjp on sky shown around the world then people might realise the suffering the fans have been put through with this regime the fans need to take the power back and boycott boycott boycott.


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