Newcastle Make New Move For Former Defensive Target

Newcastle were first interested in Cheikh M’Bengue in the summer of 2011 when he was at his home town club Toulouse and we retained an interest in the player for a couple of years.

But there’s news today that Newcastle are again interested in the 27 year-old who moved to Rennes in the summer of 2013.

French outlet RMC Sport is reporting of Newcastle’s renewed interest in signing the Frenchman next month.

Cheikh M'Bengue

Cheikh M’Bengue – now at Rennes

The 18 times capped 6′ tall Senegal International has been in good form over the past couple of seasons and is attracting interest from a number of clubs around Europe including Newcastle.

And one reason Newcastle are interested in him is that he becomes a free agent in the summer and Newcastle would want to bring him in next month for potentially a bargain basement price – if possible – and we certainly need an experienced left back brought in.

Newcastle keep detailed tabs on players who will be free agents – in case we want to bring the player in on the cheap – which is one of the ways Newcastle are run these days.

While at Toulouse – where he played with Moussa Sissoko for five seasons, he made a total of 158 appearances with two goals and five assists and since he’s been at Rennes he’s played 72 times.

Cheikh played 12 times for the French U21 side but in May 2011, he announced that he would represent the Senegal national team at senior international level.

He made his debut for Senegal in June 2011.

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73 comments so far

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Dec 11, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #1


  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 11, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Our Toon…Jeff speaks monkey alot!


    Dec 11, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    from now till the end of jan we will be linked with absolutely everybody…again and again…blah blah blah…until theres movement from the club its all window shopping from the papers

  • lochinvar

    Dec 11, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Again the buddy system kicks in with a pal for Sissoko – to keep him happy here. Maybe they can flat share.

    Charnley thinks that a long name with 14 characters is a better money spinner for shirt and iron on name sales in the club shop when compared to Dele Alli – a miserly 8 characters.

    He’s missed a trick mind, should be going after the Charlton player,
    “Reza Ghoochannejhad ” – ker ching !

  • geordie157

    Dec 11, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Is any better than what we’ve got….not sure.

    Willems is who we need or maybe Ben Davies if spurs will sell.

    I like the two Everton youngsters galloway and garbutt but they’ll prob stay put as baines is starting to miss a lot of games now.

    although with a top centre back alongside him haidara could improve a lot.

  • JamesToon

    Dec 11, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6


    don’t think spurs will sell coz they’ll want him in case rose gets injured. but surely davies would rather be a regular here than a backup there. would love him

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 11, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #7

    lochinvar // Dec 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    I saw the name on the Jeff list of Ashley brands.
    Just bought a Berghaus jacket and I’d hate to think any of my money went to any of Ashley’s companies – so that’s good news.
    I remember the original shop on Dean St.
    I believe has has Cotswold as well.
    Funnily enough Karrimor were a high end company too at one time – had a mill in Accrington and the brand started going down when they outsourced to the far east.
    Outsourcing to Sunderland is a different ball game entirely though.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I do believe that was a list of brands sold instore not necessarily owned by SD although many are.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #9
  • cyprus

    Dec 11, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Admit I’ve gone for a loss following my ‘prediction’ of a win vs. Liverpool.

    But then, you just never know with this team. We’ve been hammered by Spurs but we’ve also pulled off some (lucky) wins.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #12
  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Riviere has a setback with his recovery from his meniscus tear 🙁

  • John Tudor

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #14

    more drivel from the claptrap maestro

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #15

    We all understand the hate/hate relationship with Ashley, but you don’t have to look too far to stop putting money into his pocket if you really hate him that much. Get rid of Sky tv, or Virgin, BT etc, because they all contribute towards his wedge. And they’ll contribute even more next season. The other tv companies buy Sky products off Sky, so either directly or indirectly, he benefits when the massive football money gets dished up. He gets his grubby little hands on your money one way or another. Seriosly, it’s not worth losing sleep over. 🙂

  • toon22

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Another gamble on some French/Dutch player with no Prem experience.
    Just what we need.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #17

    John Tudor
    I really wouldn’t mind if it was drivel.
    The majority of stuff I post I guess most genuine supporters would find interesting.
    I get the impression you just have a pop cos it’s me , without looking.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib, to be fair, I would be interested in what it says, if only I could understand a word of it! 😉 Sadly I only speak English, so if you could put a rough translation with it, it would be of great help to the likes of me,

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye nae bother Bobby
    Certain posters accuse me of being a smart arse for putting a rough précis of what is said but I shall do it for thee .

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #20

    So let’s follow the logic. Because Mike Ashleys money trickles in from multiple indirect sources, and in some way you’re going to contribute a pound or two to SD unconsciously somewhere along the line, it’s best not to worry about it, forget the voting with the wallet thing, and go all in spending your money buying season tickets, match tickets replica kit, cheap sportswear and sporting accessories, beer, balti pies……….


  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Ray I don’t think anyone accuses you of being smart.

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #22

    I always post wearing a collar and tie

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #23

    I enjoyed reading the musings about whether an ‘ attacking player’ should be obliged to track back, harry and defend along with their already installed duties, that being the demand of the ‘ modern game’. Some got it right though, and observed that it really depended on the tactic,the team and the player or any combo of these. The problem with the ‘ modern game’ theory is that so far nobody has produced a ‘ modern human’ ( sorry Darwin, can’t see it from up this close…) so unless anyone can say that players,are exponentially fitter than say thirty years ago, it’s another idea that falls flat on it’s ass once you try and pin it to reality. it’s probably ok to ask a short, low CoG player whose forté is darting into the box at opportune moments to help out with the running around thing, but quite another to ask the AM who runs three quarters the length of the pitch every few minutes to get back to his own box and chase down attackers, or the deep lying tricky-footed opportunity maker to lose all the advantage of his speed and fitness against a defender by constantly tracking back and marking. it’s the old Ginola, Robert even HBA merry go round of daftness where ‘ experts’ apply a blanket theory over every player like a magic onesie. Always worth a chuckle though.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Well I suppose you can’t really fault anyone for dressing formally to blog 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Tsunki, the money raised from ticket sales and merchandise actually goes towards NUFC, because Ashley sneakily seperated himself from the club a long time ago. I’m not getting into this again because I can’t be arsed, but those are the facts mate and cab be checked easily enough. You can’t complain about the club not spending enough on quality players whilst advocating not spending money with the club. Luckily, those fans who still go spend money, so we’ll keep the club going to give you something to whine about. He’ll be gone one day. Can you guarantee the next owner will be better? No.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Lets get right behind Hitler in case the next guy is Pol Pot !

  • Jib

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Ryan Giggs for Swansea ?
    Good appointment ?
    I think it could work !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #28

    How do you know money from merchandise goes to the club, Rangers certainly doesn’t and why have all the club shops shut.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Do you think we would have done a Leeds without the fat man?

  • AncientC

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Tsunki, if players were exponentially fitter than 30 years ago, they would be running through brick walls by now.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Bobby, why is it whining to suggest that Ashley would be concerned about loss of revenue to nufc? I like your naive view that as the money is taken by nufc, it kinda stops there, and is directly related to ability to spend on player assets. However we all know it’s more convoluted and misty than that. We could delve into the back scratching relationship regarding the shop sales, the free advertising and whether the adverse publicity of falling fan numbers at games triggered any reaction from the top, but I don’t doubt we’d get into a hazy accounting argument that none of us are privy to the finer (and I posit, nefarious) details of.

    I would just say that the latest targeting of minors for Cut price tickets to fill the stadium has it’s roots in less than philanthropic intentions, that the cut, after all transactions between SD and NUFC shop have been concluded is decidedly miserly on the clubs part, and the absolute obliteration of the ground by SD advertising all have powerful motives. Thus, any organised actions by the customers all this is reliant upon to cut off the oxygen to it, would have to cause some kind of reaction. And it seems that even the tiniest actions have done just that.

    As for spending on players, if Ashley had any commitment to us as a sporting institution he would shove his hand in his own pocket, fumble around for chump change of a few million, and buy them himself. Put that small slice where his mouth was, pre West ham game video mouth that is – not ask the punters to fill the ground and chomp down on his vile pies and buy a Maggie Duvet first.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Sneaked himself away from the club?

    Lmfco. Funniest thing I’ve heard all year

    You really believe that. Come now Bobby, your not that gullible surely.

    He’s intricately entangled the club within the SD machine so no fcuker knows where it begins or ends. Club stores are now SD outlets, land belonging to the club has changed hands from us to him. Crystal clear it is not.

    Why would someone do that unless there was something to hide or keep under wraps.

    I cannot ever remember the club dissectiing the commercial revenue and stating what each department brought in. How do you know then?

    I’d wager with the type of huge tw@t he is that it’ll never be disclosed.

    Look what he’s doing to rangers and he doesn’t even fcuking own them outright. God knows what he’s doing to us. He’s a sly underhand fat fcuk.

    Wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Rangers was a seperate deal specifically about merchandise. The Newcastle deal has been in place for years – check it out. Talk about drama queen. Pol Pot and Hitler? Really? Buying merchandise at NUFC is also keeping Geordies in jobs. So you’d rather they were all unemployed then? Says so much about you. In fact, it says so much I won’t bother helping you dig that hole as you’re doing such a fine job yourself. I noticed over 50k backed your stance the last two home games. You carry on shouting ‘Ashley Out’ and the rest will carry on ignoring you. 😉

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #34

    And let’s be even handed about Ashley going – can you guarantee the next owner won’t be better? it’s not a great stance to take that it’s better to live with having your buttocks scourged with a chain, because the next torturer might be an electrocution specialist.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #35

    There were a lot more Geordies hired at NUFC and the various club shops dotted all over before Ashley took over, he’s laid off hundreds, and when did you ever hear about the club selling half price season tickets ?

  • AncientC

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Better the Devil you know – said every person with Stockholm syndrome.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #37

    I bet there were asbestos factories that kept Geordies in jobs

  • AncientC

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #38

    The only reason our club is not playing in the Wonga Arena, is because Wonga decided not to rename our stadium.

    Think about the implications of that for a moment.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #39

    There have been at least three 47 K, one 48 K and a 49 K crowds at home this season. I haven’t jeffed it yet but I bet the averages are well down over previous years. Hence the begging emails to get the kids to winkle some pocket money out of their folks for cheap half season tickets.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 11, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Falling crowds are related to performances. Every club has fair weather fans – as we’ve heard enough on here say they’ll never go again. That’s normal. Look at the crowds before Keegan turned up. Therein lies the problem. The majority of whiners arrived with Keegan and expect it to always be the same. Notice i say majority, not all and being over a certain age doesn’t mean you went when crowds were under 10k either. Chances are if you don’t go now, you didn’t go then. You support your TEAM through thick and thin and the owner has no bearing on it. Don’t like it, don’t go. Is it really that hard? 50k managed it the last two games, but hey, you few must be right there’s that many of you. You don’t get the right to tell us how to spend our money, so don’t even try. You spend it how you want, We’ll spend ours how we want. Not rocket science is it?


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