Newcastle Face Tough Competition For International Center-Back


Aymen Abdennour’s agent Abdelkader Jilani has again been shopping his client around, and the 25 year-old Monaco center-back who was impressive last season in guiding the club to 3rd place in the French League, has said more than once that he would only leave Monaco for a club that plays regularly in the Champions League.

That’s why clubs like Newcastle will not have much chance of signing him – even through we are said to have put a formal bid in for him last week, and West Ham supposedly have recently bid £13.5M for him.

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Aymen Abdennour – in big demand according to agent

The latest news from Jilani is that the center-back would like a move to England or Spain, so there’s hope we suppose but he will not move to West Ham.

Jilani is again trying to generate interest with the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal with maybe Liverpool too – clubs that can qualify for the Champions League in England.

This is what agent Abdelkader Jilani has told Italian website Calcio Mercato:

“We’ve never been contacted by Milan, or any Italian club,” “Abdennour wants to play in the Premier League or La Liga, not in Italy. The path leading to West Ham is closed.”

“Would he consider Milan? No, because he doesn’t want to go to Italy. I repeat, England or Spain is his future.”

And Jilani has said that Barcelona are interested in his client – but all this year he has been linking all times of top European clubs with Abdennour – and it’s difficult to know if there’s much truth in whether all these clubs have a real interest.

This is what Jilani has told AS regarding Barcelona:

“They are one of the interested parties, like Milan, Inter, Juventus and Liverpool,” 

Abdennour himself just says he wants to play for a big club and that he’s ready to move:

“I have a contract with Monaco and I’m undecided,”  “But I can say that I want to get better every day and I want to play for one of the biggest clubs spoken about soon. I’m ready.”

The problem with moving to England is there are only four or five clubs where Champions League football is almost guaranteed and they are all very good sides.

And we are not sure if they would be interested in signing a good center-back this summer.

But news about Newcastle signing the Algerian International is wishful thinking – well – not unless we can convince that Newcastle aim to be in the Champions League in a couple of years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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202 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #1

    “The path leading to West Ham is closed. However there is a detour sign out pointing to the north east. We’re following up on that now. Are there any decent clubs willing to pay top wages up there?” Frightening quotes from Abdennour’s agent.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Does Abdennour not realize we have re-signed Dummett? His chances of breaking into our lineup are very slim I’m afraid. Especially if he wants paying.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Does he even LIKE strong cheese???

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #4

    No way, this lad is ambitious, move along nothing to see here.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #5

    No chance on gods green he’ll come here

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  • BandB

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #6

    DON’T flap!

    The transfer window isn’t even OPEN yet!

    There’s still LOADS of time for him to go somewhere else.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Tfl

    In reply to your mitrovic post…..

    I would sign him on the stepping stone basis, simply because, if he is our player, we have the power. Worst case we dont qualify for europe or win a cup, at least (hopefully) his goals get us top half, and his value goes up. Best case,he helps win us a cup and/or gets us to europe, in which case he might stay.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #8

    i say bugger it !

    if it comes to blowing our whole budget on abdennour and austin then atleast we have shown ambition and made huge steps to becoming a top 6 team imo.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #9

    YCMIU

    Fair point, if the club is ambitious we can keep hold of decent players.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d take Mitrovich over Austin all day, even if it’s a stepping stone.
    He’s worth his fee, Austin is overpriced.

    Not saying I wouldn’t take both.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Bugger it croftus?? Bugger it?????? We’re talking about Mike’s dosh here mate!!!!! We don’t say bugger it, spend it on top players etc. etc!!!! Unbelievable. Harrumph. BandB is right, the window isn’t open and the door is closed. That settles it then, they’re not coming to us.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Both optimate???? Both???? Please refer to 11. Unbelievable.

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  • BandB

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #13

    G2

    “The window’s open, but the door is closed.”
    Very good.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Tfl

    Yep. Even cabaye gave us a season and a half of good play before he played his huffy-frenchman card

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #15

    G2

    Sorry I was day dreaming

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Mashley is Mr Krabbs.

    SpongeCharnley!!!! Stop spendin’ aaal me moneyy laaad!

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    @11 g2

    lol my bad >.<

    @10 op

    you have a very good point there.

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  • mickalfas

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #18

    During the meeting ,it could be lost in translation championship/champions league ,sounds similar!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Marc

    Squidward plays on the right wing

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #20

    This is getting out of hand. Calm down you lot. Soothing music, subdued lighting. Now massage your scalps. Take some deep breaths. There is a player coming in before the end of the window. His last name begins with a K. That’s all I can say for now…..

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #21

    OP

    Yeah i had not forgotten the fact Mr Tentacles plays for us. 😀

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Kermit?

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #23

    @20 g2

    robbie keane it is then >.<

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #24

    a third of nufc season tickets unsold ! hahahahaha

    lack of trust from fans me thinks ! i wonder why ?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Croftus

    Austin did well last year but he only has a year on his contract, the fact he’s English has bumped the price up.

    Mitrovich is much younger has also been banging them in (more convincingly IMO) he’s done it in CL. Big clubs are already keeping a eye on him, if coached properley we could end up with a superstar in a cpl years.

    They’re both a risk IMO, both are roughly the same price, I think Mitrovich is the no brainer but others will see it different. I would be disappointed if we passed him up for Austin.

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  • mickalfas

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #26

    G2
    He’s not going down the Keegan route again ffs!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Croftus

    Where’s that season ticket info from?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Now if QPR were loaning us Austin and paying half his wages I could see us accepting that offer…..

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #29

    We are 5-6 favsa to sign Austin & Van Ginkel and 3/1 to sign Abdennour

    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/sky-bet-updated-newcastle-transfer-odds-for-9-players/

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  • Sir Eric

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Mitrovic vs Austin.

    Problem with Mitrovic is he has a very poor attitude. He would need coaching and mentoring as well. If we have Steve Black coming in, this lad is gonna need some special attention.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #31

    No…. but that’s very close mick mate @26. Think of another ex-player of ours. Has a very funny name. Was a striker of sorts. Fits our wage bill perfectly…..

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #32

    @25 op

    i agree with you but still wouldnt be upset if we signed austin instead of mitrovic as i think a fair few of us dream of the shearer mark 2 of england !

    prob not gonna happen but we have always been dreamers.

    if it was based purely on the club and not club/country for me i would 100% agree mitrovic would be better value and prob player for us.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #34

    G2 loan Austin?? hahaha

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Hahahaha

    G2… does he also make appearences on this blog, and his favorite player is paul scharner, by any chance???

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Those are all excellent guesses lads but all unfortunately wrong…. This is a top, top player who knows how to put his boots on the right feet. Right then, now more hints!!! Harrumph.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #37

    Or is it just kuqi

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  • overtheline

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #38

    At last !! A day with gnerally good natured craic and very little wummage – it looks much better with two Ms .

    For the first time in many moons I am convinced Ian Cathro is going to be first class. He really did achieve at Dundee Utd. He brought Ryan Gauld through as a player and Gauld said Cathro as one of the biggest influences on his career. My guess is he’ll take the up and coming first team guys from the development squad under his wing. If anybody wanted a young up and coming and exciting coach then Cathro is the man. He has a good track record for someone so young and is a professional coach not an ex- player – so a different mould. There’s another guy who worked at Rio Ave who’s not turned out too bad as a coach who never had a glittering playing career. He is going to be in a different class to the old brigade. Hopeful times.

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #39

    @31 g2

    harry Kane ? 😉 he fits our wage structure doesnt he ? surely we can get him for 3mil !

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  • overtheline

    Jun 29, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #40

    * first time in many moons really excited about the Toon

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