Newcastle In Bid For Cameroon International Defender


The Mail is reporting today that Newcastle United are interested in signing 25 year-old Cameroon International defender Nicholas N’Koulou, who has been at Marseilles since the summer of 2011.

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Nicolas N’Koulou – 25 year-old Cameroon International

The 25-year-old has 51 caps for his country and was at Monaco for three years from 2008 before signing on at Marseilles, where he has played 164 games with 5 goals and while at Monaco he played 86 times.

He is an excellent defender,  and his contract at the French club will have just one year to run in the summer, so maybe Newcastle could get a decent deal on him – we certainly need some good center-backs brought in this summer.

But he will cost in the range of £10M – but Newcastle have big money available in the summer – they just have to get the will together to spend it.

However, Everton are also interested in the player as a possible replacement for 37 year-old Sylvain Distin, the former Newcastle center-back, so we’ll have some competition for him.

With Newcastle going after some good players in the summer, and N’Koulou is one of them, it will be interesting to see how we fare against more ambitious clubs like Everton.

Unless Newcastle publicly state their intentions in the summer is to go after a top six place in the Premier League and attempt to get into Europe each year, good players could well shun the Tyneside club because of our (complete) lack of ambition.

But we are probably dreaming again, as that statement is unlikely to come from a club run so frugally by owner Mike Ashley and supported (100%) by Managing Director Lee Charnley.

Mike Ashley’s frugal ways have got the Tyneside club into big trouble this year, and we could still be relegated on May 24th, make no mistake about that.

We may be a rich club at the moment, but not enough money is being invested in the playing squad.

Comments welcome.


92 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 13, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d have thought that Charnley ought to be going all out to get a decent HC signed up before looking at players?

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  • Bambams

    May 13, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    I can’t see ash changing his ways.
    He wants his 5 mill back from Rangers…. Not exactly a person who is going to start splashing cash around.
    I bet he still collects family allowance and uses his nectar card for shopping. Greedy man

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  • roblee7

    May 13, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    dave – hopefully he wants out of football all together and it will be us he’ll leave once he’s gone from Rangers, thats naive optimism for yer I do think his actions over the last year or so suggest he may be about to sell up. I worry we may have to wait till 2016 though if he does so he can get a bit more Premier League dosh. I also wonder if the money we have in bank (30 mil or so) is Ashley’s pay-back tfor his debt so he can sell the club at a sensible price. I wouldn’t have a problem with that if our squad wasn’t so weak, but if this is the case, then I that would mean very few signings and another miserable season up and coming. If it means Ashley gets out though, I’m happy

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 13, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    They’ll spend big in the summer.

    Lots of players for around 3-4M, the odd one for more.

    All the fans will be excited.
    But this will be the big spend for the next five seasons.

    The best will be cherry picked and in five years time we’ll be watching the journeymen dross again. Perhaps a few militants will be out protesting about his cheapness.

    So don’t fall for Ashley splashing the cash.
    They’ll be lots of empty windows to follow.

    Cut the cancer out now.

    #ASHLEYOUT

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  • dave 1961

    May 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    roblee

    i think he wanted out but he has found Rangers fans more pro active than ours possibly because we welcomed him whilst they Knew what they were getting we thought we were getting a symbiosis we got parasite. he needs us more than we need him all these stories we get of interest in players is only to sell season tickets, how many times do our fans need to be conned before they realize the pattern. We have given him time hes a leach, he only cares about his brand, his brands are cheap crap, we are now cheap crap, just like his cheap trainers we fall apart after a few uses.

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  • jayphoto

    May 13, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    I like n’koulou buts hes a carbon clone of Yanga-mbiwa! Speaking of which, did Roma make his move permanent?

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  • beermonkey

    May 13, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    jayphoto

    On 27 January 2015, Newcastle United announced that Yanga-Mbiwa would join Roma on a permanent deal after meeting a contractual condition contained in the loan agreement between the clubs.

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  • jayphoto

    May 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Part of me wishes we could have seen yanga-mbiwa under a different manager other than Pardew! No idea why you’d buy a centreback not adapted to the league and then play him out of position

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  • roblee7

    May 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Dave – I agree, can’t stand the bloke! If we don’t spend a substantial amount in the summer and keep Carver, then I would guess my theory about the debt could be correct and another nightmare season awaits, but hopefully with club being sold in 2016 and still in the Premier League. Ashley can’t be that stupid to know he won’t be able to sell the club with debt costs on top of the value of the club, so if he wants to sell he’ll need his debt back or take a huge financial hit, which he won’t do. Amazing the letter to Rangers. If he had a heart he’d just write the 5 mil off as a gift to a club with so much history and then perhaps he would go down in Rangers folklore, the man who saved Rangers. Because lets face it, 5 mil to ashley is like a fiver to me 🙂 Its also what we paid for Riviere. Unless they have money now and can pay him off easy enough? Sorry, not read in to the Rangers goings enough to know exactly whats going on up there

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    May 13, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Yanga-Mbiwa in a back four nowhere near Colo or Willo and not coached by Pardew … the kid might of had a chance.

    Ashley needs to get shot of Colo & Willo before he’ll ever have a decent defence. Free transfers for both of them or pay them off. Discounted goods.

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  • scout

    May 13, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    We need a ball player in the middle someone like shelvey. We also need to older heads in, Carrick would be ideal or arteta.

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  • roblee7

    May 13, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    jayphoto – me too.its wierd, I only really recall the Everton match where he was awful but still he had achieved too much in France to be deemed crap on the basis of that one game

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  • roblee7

    May 13, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Scout – would you take Flamini on a free?

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  • roblee7

    May 13, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #14

    On Mbiwa, I think after that Everton match that was it for Pardew. Such was his managerial expertise, one bad game and he gave up on him IMO

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  • Pokat

    May 13, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    I don’t think Mike is so much bothered about getting his lolly back as putting the squeeze in his hard pressed rivals this is some sort of manoeuvre to get some kind of deal out of them. Dunno what like. Our chunky market trader only knows why.

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  • roblee7

    May 13, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Pokat – chunky market trader 😀

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  • scout

    May 13, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Roblee

    yes, i didnt realise he was available

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  • roblee7

    May 13, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Scout – yeah free in the summer i think! Thinks he’s 34 or so now though so unlikely

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  • bobby mango

    May 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Pointless speculation. First we have to survive then we have to spend money.

    The board need to have a plan A (top targets) and plan B (alternatives) for transfers in the Premier League.
    Then the same idea but different targets if we get relegated.

    We’ll be lucky to have one list of targets.

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  • scout

    May 13, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20

    We should of signed mccarthy, shelvey, lescott and gomis. We could have had a top 7 side easily

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  • scout

    May 13, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #21

    If we go down danny ings and huddlestone are the boys

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  • Graeme

    May 13, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Bobby Mango – The same thing has been said for 8 years – and we are still waiting!! Has there ever been a “Plan A”??

    What makes you think this coming season is going to be any different??

    HWTF

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  • jayphoto

    May 13, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #23

    think we need a fair bit on investment in the summer! Not much value in the out of contracters, aside from ings and ayew which neither we’ll get.
    Club takes risks by using one player to cover 2 positions! Ie: dummett is 4th choice centreback and reserve left back. Anita is reserve centre mid AND rightback. Its like the fatman has realised he only needs 18 senior players if the reserves are all utility players when really we should have 22 specialist position players and 3 utility men!

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  • dave 1961

    May 13, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #24

    We Shall Overcome a song often use to fight injustice and tyrants

    We shall get rid of Ashley, we shall get rid of Ashley,
    We shall get rid of Ashley someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
    We shall get rid of Ashley someday.

    Together we’ll see this through, Together we’ll see this through,
    Together we’ll see this through someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
    We shall get rid of Ashley someday.

    We’re on to victory, We’re on to victory,
    We’re on to victory someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
    We’re on to victory someday.

    We’ll walk hand in hand, we’ll walk hand in hand,
    We’ll walk hand in hand someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
    We’ll walk hand in hand someday.

    We are so afraid, we are so afraid,
    We are so afraid today;
    Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
    We are so afraid today.

    This slug shall set us free, this slug shall set us free,
    This slug shall set us free someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
    This slug shall set us free someday.

    We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace,
    We shall live in peace someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
    We shall live in peace someday.

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  • dave 1961

    May 13, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    jayphoto

    Ashley experience is anyone can stack a shelf so why have a shelf stacker.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 13, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #26

    How many Ugandan dollars did we bid for this guy then?

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  • Average_Contents

    May 13, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon tang

    I’ve heard 5 trillion but don’t get too excited because that equates to about 5p.

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    May 13, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Out:

    Carver
    Stone
    Beardsley
    Woodman
    Derek Wright and any underlings of his

    Joe Joyce and Dave Watson seem to do a good job, it’s when the prospects hit 17/18 that they fail to progress.

    What would that cost? Too much for Mash is the answer due to his ridiculous idea to hand most of them long contracts. Carver alone would probably cost about £2.5m to oust, if you assume a wage of 10k per week (criminal).

    Players out:

    Elliot – £500k
    Colo – £2m
    Willo – £1m
    Raylor – free
    Tiote – £8m
    Bigi – £500k
    Ferguson – £500k
    Jonas – free
    Marveaux – £1m
    Obertan – £2m
    Riviere – Twix
    Gouffran – £2m

    £17.5m + 1 Twix – 5.5m and 1 Twix to pay off that shower of shite staff

    £12m + £8m ( Mbiwa and Santon) + £34m = £54m to rebuild – all for transfer fees as the wages would be vastly reduced, having about £350k a week slack from player sales and about £50k a week from staff (including Pardew).

    A clean break from the past is possible, although highly improbable.

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    May 13, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Give me Charnley’s job!

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  • Toon Tang

    May 13, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Hahaa last of the big spenders eh. Surprised Mash hasn’t tried paying his employees in Ugandan dollars yet

    “dont worry, you wage will one day be worth more than a bag of rice”

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  • optimistic prime

    May 13, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #31

    We are top of the league, say we are too of the league.

    It must be our top medical and coaching staff plus the quality fitness training they receive. Shocking!

    http://injuryleague.com/2015/05/injury-league-vs-age-of-teams-week-39-3/

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  • Toon Tang

    May 13, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Catchy, does Willo – £1m mean 1 marsbar?

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  • expatmag

    May 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Catchy

    Some of your valuations are grossly exaggerated.

    Noone is going to pay 2 million for Colo or 8 million for Tiote. You would be lucky to get 5 million for the pair of them.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #34

    500k could be a slightly better version of the old 56k modem.

    I’ll give ya a modem and a mars bar for an Elliot Willo combination deal. Let me know if you need a deal sweetener

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  • lesh

    May 13, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #35

    OP

    Shocking injuries?

    And who’s been coaching the lads during training?

    And who’s being considered for the HC role?

    And who does what he’s told by Ashley and his helper?

    Yup!

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  • Average_Contents

    May 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Expat

    Don’t forgot the twix for rivvy. Far too much that, I’d say a freddo or at a stretch a chomp 😀

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  • Average_Contents

    May 13, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon tang

    Depends on how big the bag of rice is.

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    May 13, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Expatmag

    I know they’ve been shite for a long time, but other clubs don’t pay anything like as much attention as we do and don’t have our pessimistic bias. Tiote’s rep as a DM destroyer is still good in general I believe, he’ll have more than 1 suitor and we wanted £5m for Colo last summer and San Lorenzo couldn’t meet it, even if we got £8m for the pair, there’s no excuse for a lack of funds or failing to rebuild, other than complacency and a lack of care.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #39

    AC

    SD bags maybe??

    Not the bag for life ones though, just the standard placki

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  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    May 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Toon Tang

    If the right Mars Bar exchanges hands and we win a £1m prize! Are they running such a comp at the moment? Either way, it’s a risk I’m willing to take on Willo.

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