Could Stoke’s N’Zonzi Replace Tiote At Newcastle?


Stoke are having trouble signing their defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi to a new contract, and the club have been told he has no plans to sign a new deal to stay at the Britannia Stadium.

With only one year left of his contract it looks like the 6’3″ player would be available at something less than £6M this summer.

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Steven N’Zonzi – wants to leave Stoke

26 year-old N’Zonzi is keen to be capped by France, and although he’s played 6 times for the France U21 side he has never played for the full France side.

Steven has turned down the chance to play for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who he qualifies to play for because of his father – because he wants to play for France.

Steven wants to join a bigger club than Stoke, and although Newcastle have had a poor team for the last three years, we still have a (very) high profile in France and with France manager Didier Deschamps.

When Loic Remy surprisingly signed for QPR instead of Newcastle in January 2012, Didier Deschamps said he was disappointed at Remy’s move, and signing on at Newcastle would have been a better career move.

There are cases where Frenchmen like Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko have joined Newcastle and become starters for the French National side.

Newcastle don’t play in Europe too much these days, but at less than £6M Steven would be an excellent replacement for Ivorian International Cheick Tiote,  who turns 29 on Saturday, and is likely to leave Newcastle this summer.

The 26 year-old was Stoke’s Player of the Season last year,  but Newcastle may have some trouble persuading him to sign for Newcastle because of our poor form these last three years, and the fact that Newcastle only just avoided relegation in May – on the final day of the season.

But it would be worth a try – nothing ventured nothing gained – and he’s certainly worth around £6M to Newcastle.

Since joining Stoke from Blackburn Rovers in 2012 for £3M,  Steven has played 120 times for Stoke City with 7 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


202 comments so far

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Like your thinking ed

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    No chance. Nzonzi will be snapped by Southampton arsenal or Liverpool.

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Ex model and TV Presenter drinking wine and delivering latest on Charlie Austin:
    https://twitter.com/EDS_Amy/status/611185744099549185

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Surely McClaren should be selling his idea of what his plan for the club is to the players, it might convince them to sign?

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  • Belfast

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki // Jun 17, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Baa. Humbug. Is he welshgeordie or not? And if not, where is the club comic?

    It’s not him. I think if the original one was going to crack he would have cracked a long time ago. It’s a bit odd the original has disappeared though. Haha

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  • Belfast

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Sazzer has she decided to fly solo now or something ? or has sky sports rebranded itself ? lol

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #7
  • hibbit

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

    tfl Mc can not get his own staff over the line never mind players the club wont pay the money

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  • Sazzer

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    And she’s chugging the wine in this.
    https://twitter.com/EDS_Amy/status/611187992322048000

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  • Spreadthetoon

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Typical NUFC. #whatashambles#
    Tick tick tick tick………..
    So surprise, surprise Charlie Austin costs too much for us.
    Is anyone just the slightest bit concerned with the volume of Championship players we’ve been connected with! Oi PENFOLD you 4 eyed tw@@ don’t you realise we’re in the premiership…….
    Reckon when Ashley mentioned strapping the horse onto the cart, reckon he was thinking more along the lines of “my little pony”…..talking of Pony……
    MA your last chance, cough up or fc@k off now

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    At least its a defender link for a change

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Mr Magpie..Repost

    I think Sissoko & Cisse might be sold as well as anyone else who McClaren can sell on to generate funds for him to bring in the players he wants in the squad.

    In the case of Sissoko who clearly has no desire to stay here we must make sure that we receive players that we want on permanent deals instead of cash from the deal.

    I am sure there are players that Chelsea, Arsenal & Psg would allow to leave that would certainly improve our current squad.

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  • richyg01

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #14

    There is no chance he would come to us, he wants to step up in his career, not down!

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #15

    If Cabaye, Remy and Ba are all available i’d take them all back in a heartbeat.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Sissoko will be going nowhere, because nobody will pay the rumoured 18-20 million asking price.

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #17

    I think Stoke would want more than £6m for him & he will no doubt want European football at his next club.

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Trouble is they always just want the money instead of making sure players from the buying club form part or all of the deal. Then they never spend the money to replace the players they have sold.

    I would much rather have Sissoko to Chelsea…Van Ginkel & Remy to Newcastle in a swap deal with no cash changing hands than £18m in the bank & not being willing to spend the money on replacements.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Load of Bollocks – nobody is going to replace nobody – Charmless is Ashley’s wrecking ball – getting paid a fortune to stall/block deals getting over the line. Same team as last year maybe a couple of kid signings for a couple of million to sell on. Everyone was on a up when we stayed up and Ashley spouting off things would change £60 million kitty. month gone since Sweet FA happened about 50 names mentioned that we are after – haven’t even had a meeting to discuss targets – suppose to happen this week should been months ago.
    Looks like same old same old – wonder how long MC will stay ????

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  • firebug666

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #21

    It seems to have all gone quiet, maybe McClaren has just read the small print on his contract and realises who now owns his soul.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Well I’m away to hospital for check up, whats odds on us having a signing when I get back? lol

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  • lesh

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #23

    The sooner McClaren (cos there’s nobody else who’s been around football 2015) convinces Ashley that there’s a lot of money slushing about in the Prem and that players will have to be persuaded to join Newcastle United.

    Players will need to be incentivised to come to SJP and the only incentive they could realistically be offered is MONEY.

    Needless to say he needs to wake up to the fact that the club needs to spend what it takes to get decent players in.

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #24

    People need to calm down about the reported low transfer budget story today.

    Ashley could be spending £60 million this summer, but there is no way they want the media and other clubs knowing this (as leaked the other week).

    Tell the media and clubs you don’t have much money and try and get the players for less.

    If you tell the world what your budget is they all want more money from you.

    They spent £9 million straight away on Dost.

    QPR accepted a bid from us for Austin because we have spoken to his agent (confirmed by Sky). This would not have happened unless we bid high (around £11-12 million).

    But QPR are now touting the player to try and get more money for him. No one else has bid.

    So Newcastle are looking at alternatives instead of sitting around like they normally do.

    Despite all the inactivity in the previous transfer windows I am confident this one will be better, shrewder, and more rewarding.

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  • lesh

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Tfl

    Best of luck with the check and unless it takes six months, I don’t think there’ll be any signings when you get back.

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  • firebug666

    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Best of luck TFL marra, hope all goes well.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Austin allegro
    Das Boot
    Winklepicker
    Dick Van Djik

    Get them four badboys signed up and I’ll keep the faith. Anything less and you can fcuk off Ashley.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #28

    TFL, I’m going with odds of 1,000,000,000/1 for that little wager. Let’s see how we get on eh.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #29

    “we still have a (very) high profile in France and with France manager Didier Deschamps.” Is that right Ed?

    Thought Deschamps wasn’t really a fan, but maybe the suns gone to my head.

    I can’t see why a Stoke player would make the switch to us these days. Better wages? More ambition? League finishes?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Nufc nice and fast out the blocks as usual!

    Have we even appointed back room staff yet?

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #31

    Hope all goes well tfl…unlikely to be any signings by the time you get back but Jeff might have come up with another multiple identity!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Shrewder?

    That’s a new name for it.

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #33

    We’ve appointed backroom staff tads, only the backroom is actually a small portacabin/tea room space with Ethel controlling all dealings in and out.

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  • lesh

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Tads

    Backroom staff? Don’t be daft man, it’s too early.

    If it’s true that Charnley’s offering a poor basic plus incentives, then we’ll end up with Carver and Stone!

    What fun eh.

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  • Welshie's Sheep

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m Welsh and I love Sheep & Swans

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Lesh…I seem to remember reading that John Carver was the best manager in the PL.

    We could use that sort of coach at NUFC. I think he’s out of work too.

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  • hibbit

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #37

    tads we are offering the the new coaches low basic wage with incentives / bonus if we win a cup and league position………….. not many going to take that offer with our record

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #38

    I would Nzonzi…but Troy Deeney ….wha ????

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #39

    I wouldn’t if Carver would have been so quick to relay ‘The Boards’ promise of investment if he’d known that the biggest one they’d make was paying him and his mate off.

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  • BandB

    Jun 17, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #40

    jamesthefirst

    Is this you. One of your milder predictions.

    “Jamesthefirst // Aug 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Pardew said last month that Ashley has assured him he won’t sell any of our star players for less than what we received for Carroll. (£35 million up front and not installments)

    Our players will stay to see if we can get into the Champions league. If we don’t then they will be tempted next summer.

    And I am confident we are going to be top 4 this season.”

    Are you still managing to keep calm over the imminent signings of Gomis and all the others?

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