Newcastle After £5M Rated French Central Midfielder

Newcastle have been interested in 24 year-old Caen central midfielder N’Golo Kante for a couple of years now, and he signed on at Caen from French third tier club US Boulogne only two years ago.

N'Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante – 24 year-old central midfielder

The player is of Malian descent and he has had a very good season in France, and has played 37 games for Caen with 3 goals and 5 assists and he has been in fine form all season.

Arsenal have been closely linked with the player this year for a player who stands just over 5’6″ tall, but there is news today from French radio station RMC that Marseilles have joined the race for the Paris-born player.

Southampton are the other English club said to be keen on the player.

The transfer fee being talked about is only around £5M for the Frenchman and that is a fairly low price for owner Mike Ashley, and we can even afford that.

RMC is reporting that Marseilles have jumped ahead of the other clubs interested in signing the central midfielder, and they have actually opened negotiations with Caen for his transfer.

Marseilles are currently 4th in the French League and they could miss out on a Champions League place and it seems they are already looking to strengthen the team for next season.

While at Caen for almost two seasons he has played 79 times with 6 goals and 9 assists,  and the Parisian can still improve if brought to the English Premier League.

And these are the types of players Newcastle will be trying to sign in the summer.

Comments welcome.

103 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    May 15, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Previous blog:
    When I Speak, I Don’t Have Any Regrets ( by John Carver )
    3:27 pm, Friday, May 15th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

    John caught live on stage singing to the French players

  • the white tino

    May 15, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Load of bollox don’t be fooled any player worth anything should and will be going elsewhere we are probs the last team in prem that players will be looking to join ASHLEY THE SLUG OUT HWTF

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Never heard of him.

    I wish the club would get some English lads in.

    Hell, I’d even take Barton and Nolan if offered. But we wouldn’t pay the wages.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s seven in the last few days we’ve been linked with despite the uncertainty of which league wer’e going to be in. Unbelievable.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #5

    N ‘ golo Kante. His brother “DAFT”. Would be more likely for us.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 15, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Look at the size of the lad HES A MIDGET!!

    We need some proper athletes in our team no more little guys who get brushed off the ball

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 15, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #7

    The thought of this little lad and Anita in CM for the Toon is quality haha.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 15, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #8

    BandB says,
    “If you believe what makes you a superior fan is to sit silently and uncomplainingly as the world’s 19th richest club faces a second relegation battle in two years, you are likely to lay the blame on Charnley.
    People don’t still go because they support Ashley. It’s the other way round.
    They support Ashley to justify the fact they still want to go.”

    You’ve lost me. I haven’t a clue who or what political agenda you have in mind. You seem to be over-thinking it or over-playing it.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 15, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Can we forget aboot signings until/if we stay up.

    Not looking forward to tomorrow’s games nervous all ready

    This weekends games make the bottom interesting for the last game of the season.

    Villa loose at Southampton say 2-0 38pts -22 goals
    Leicester draw with mackems 38pts – 13
    Hull win at Spuds 1-0 say 38 pts – 15
    Mackems draw with Leicester 37pts – 20
    Toon draw at QPR 37pts -24 third bottom

    Mackems game in hand owt could happen say loose 3-0 then same points but goal difference 1 better.

    Could be a fun day a week Sunday

  • bettyswallocks

    May 15, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #10


    Don’t let it get to you. The statement wasn’t intended for a man of limited intelligence like yourself.

  • scottoon

    May 15, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #11


  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    May 15, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I think if people were bit more upfront and truthful about why they still go to matches and why they are even upgrading their seats in these times doing our mutual struggle it would make it so much easier to understand.

    …we get tired and even a bit frustrated when ST holders come out and say they only go to matches to support the lads…like some kind of good Samaritan.

    The Mag did a poll about how many “good Samaritans” would still go to SJP if beer was not allowed! You can all go to the website to check the poll result, but I’ll tell you neither of you are good Samaritans it’s more of a social maybe even selfish thing!


  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Unless you won the lottery you should have a modicum of intelligence!

  • toon22

    May 15, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Hes perfect for us,he little/cheap/probs end up un prison.
    The only good thing about him is he is cheap.


  • JP...from The Rock

    May 15, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #15

    Okay this french love affair has to stop! It’s getting old and it has not exactly worked very well for us either. We should delve into the Dutch, German and Spanish markets instead.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #16

    I go to matches because it’s our club not Ashley’s. I’d never heard of the bloke until recent years. I’d be surprised if he’d ever been to SJP before he bought it. I’ll be here long after he’s gone. Why should he force me out?

    Besides, rich greedy men own football clubs. It’s a fact of life which appears lost on many fans. If I stayed away whenever I wasn’t happy with the ownership, I’d never have been to SJP in my life.

    AO want one thing. But they need two. They need a buyer. There isn’t one and protesting isn’t the way to get one. It may get Ashley to think twice about how he runs the club but it won’t get a buyer. And we don’t just want any old buyer. We want someone who has nothing but the best interests of the club at heart. Do you know of any such person?

  • toon22

    May 15, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Maybe MA has some kind of bet about feilding an entire team of French players

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 15, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #18

    No Ed these are the players Fat Ash wants us to think we’re after this summer! You are fooled pretty easily it seems Ed. Have you not learned how Ashleys mind works by now?

  • hibbit

    May 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #19

    jesper… many fans do you know that go to matches or are you basing your opinion on the people on here i dont know one fan that’s upgrading there seat other then the clown on here i do know a lot that are not renewing

  • lesh

    May 15, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Shouldn’t they be recruiting a new HC first before they sign players – after all, the HC is part of the triangle, the Bermuda triangle no doubt!

  • Average_Contents

    May 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #21


    The problem being is if they complete that triangle (head coach) the players will disappear into it never to be seen (bought)

    The mythical line will appear once more 😉

  • Sazzer

    May 15, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    This guy plays more like Sissoko than Anita so might cope better than Anita overall in PL. I still think it would be the wrong move to go for him.

    Veretout, Wijnaldum and so on are better alternatives.

  • toonicle

    May 15, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Another short, average cm is exactly what we don’t need.

  • BoyDoneGood

    May 15, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #24

    BandB/Mr Tuff

    “Charnley has been in charge of the day-to-day running of the club and failed to strengthen the squad properly last summer, a failing he made worse in January when he refused to sanction any new signings but allowed two defenders, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa and Davide Santon, to leave for Roma and Inter Milan respectively.
    Club insiders have told Telegraph Sport that Charnley repeatedly assured Ashley, and other members of the board, there was no chance that Newcastle could go down this season, even after Alan Pardew quit as manager to join Crystal Palace. The 37-year-old has been widely accused of complacency and that will not sit well with Ashley, whose ambition for the club is defined by one desire – to make sure they do not have to worry about relegation.” Telegraph, 27 April.

    And you think it is “ludicrous” to suggest Charnley had anything to do with the decision? I guess your “dealings with the club” trump the “club insiders” ferreted out by the Telegraph. Actually, no. Charnley is the MD, and the Telegraph knows its business.

    Divven’t be stupit.

    And, if you must be stupid, try to avoid an elaborate chain of stupidity leading from “Charnley gambled” to the bizarre conclusion that I am complacent about the club’s situation or that I think it proves I think myself superior to other fans. A very wise man once said something about first removing the beam from your own eye. He was talking about hypocrites.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 15, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Ashley out.


  • Ibizatoon

    May 15, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #26

    BoyDoneGood…Then we shall expect Charnley to be removed from his post, as clearly he isn’t the man to carry out Ashleys vision “to make sure they do not have to worry about relegation”.

    Is there any need to call people stupid? I don’t believe, but could of course be wrong, the posts weren’t directed at you in particular. What was it that made you jump to the conclusion that it was?

    The “ludicrous” idea was that Charnely makes policy. “There is no-one who has any dealings with the club who believes Lee Charnley makes any policy”. Nothing to do with being involved in decision making. Setting policy.

    When it suits the club they will claim Ashley has involvement. Funny enough, when things go wrong, it has nothing to do with him and he’s always furious.

    I can’t wait to hear what conclusion he reaches after his end of season review.

  • BandB

    May 15, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #27


    I don’t think you understand how this stuff works.

    The club approaches one of its doughtiest critics in the media with a juicy scoop.

    The journalist promptly reports it. He doesn’t say the believes it. He just reports it. If the club is relegated, I confidently predict Luke will have a lot of fun throwing this desperate briefing back in their faces.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Can you imagine how much happier we’d all be if, after Churners told Mikey we could avoid relegation. Mikey went into an apoplectic rage and told him we should be aiming for top seven and told him to go and strengthen the playing squad.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #29

    I sent you a lengthy e mail the other day.

  • toon kk

    May 15, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #30

    We’ll be in the championship next season.
    Qpr will totally out play us.

  • BandB

    May 15, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #31


    I haven’t received it and won’t.. I will contact you on Monday.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #32


  • optimistic prime

    May 15, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #33

    If Ashley isn’t happy with Charnley after all the assurances etc why hasn’t he been replaced?

    It can’t be that hard to get someone in to do the day to day and if Ashley is upset at Charnley he wouldn’t be allowing him to have any involvement with looking for a HC or involved in transfers. You know the ones were meant to be looking at.

    Doesn’t add up to me and I don’t buy it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 15, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Not many of us buy it.

  • lesh

    May 15, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #35


    I’m with you in that Ashley’s review will be a highly political event.

    Charnley and Carr protecting their backs with Carver trying to play the innocent victim of their decisions and recommendations.

    But where Carver’s likely to fail in his arguments is that Pardew had us in 10th before he bailed out and that Carver wasn’t too bothered about losing Santon, Mbiwa and the Rangers five.

    There’s the old adage in business, and I’m sure you’re familiar with it, that shit runs downhill. Carver, being bottom of the hill as it were will be the loser in the ‘game of thrones’.

    That though doesn’t solve anything unless Ashley’s seen the light and recriuts or has recruited a new HC who can deliver whatever it is he wants.

    Carver can’t, as we’ve seen, keep the Club out of the drop zone and Ashley doesn’t take big risks.

    So, I trust that we’ll hear that Carver’s gone off on holiday with the news that he ain’t keeping the HC job to think about.

    Wishful thinking I guess though.

  • BandB

    May 15, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #36


    It would be a new one on me if journalists only printed things they believed.
    The deal is “so you got a story guv’nor…fire away.”
    That’s why they make copious use of quotation marks 🙂
    It’s so stupid people don’t confuse what the journalist is reporting as an expression of the journalist’s own opinion.
    A good case in point would be the quotation marks inserted around John Carver’s quote “I’m the best manager in the premier league.”
    They did that specifically to prevent BDG claiming every journalist thought John Carver was the best manager in the premier league.
    Which would be an easy mistake for him to make, I’m quite sure.

  • lesh

    May 15, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #37


    Charnley hasn’t gone yet because there’ll be nobody in-situ who knows the ins and outs of dealing with transfers.

    Another product of Ashley running the club with minimal resources – no succession plans

    Watch out for some recruitment to the back-office on the coming months.

  • Pokat

    May 15, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Boy done good – the contributor who tells posters not to be stupid. While telling us that season ticket sales are” small potatoes” to mike ashley. Millions of pounds (up front before you’ve even seen what you’ve bought) of tiny little itty bitty taties lol

  • Ibizatoon

    May 15, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #39

    Lesh…Not sure I said it would be political. Going with that thought process though, I’d call it more of a dramatic production, rather than genuinely political.

    I have absolutely zero belief in the idea that Ashley has reasonable desires and that he genuinely puts faith in Charnley who has allowed this whole mess. It was going on long before Charnley rocked up and will continue long after he’s gone….whilst Ashley remains.

    If Ashley either already had good intentions for this club, or had a change of heart / approach recently then something would have been said or done. Simple as.

    They will put this down to injuries and Pardew leaving imo. “Carver has done his best, but not had the tools to give it a go, he lives Newcastle United and deserves a fair crack”. What lessons will they have learned? They may say letting so many players go in January was a mistake, but only because of the extensive injury list that followed.

    Cycle number two is on it’s way. If fans keep the pressure on, Carver will be the first to be sacrificed, Penfold would follow soon thereafter. I say we keep going until the real cause of all this is gone, as nothing will really change until that happens.


  • Pokat

    May 15, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #40

    In that phrase about carver where he ” lives for Newcastle and deserves a fair crack” I think they missed the words “boot up his” between “fair” and ” crack “


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