Newcastle Reported In Move For Ivorian Center-Back

It seems that Chief Scout Graham Carr has been doing his scouting work in France again with reports that Newcastle are interested in signing 6’2″ center-back Lamine Kone of Lorient next month – according to the Mail.

Kone is a bit old for the usual player we tend to sign and he will turn 27 in February and of course he has no experience at all of the Premier League.

Lamine has played once for the Ivory Coast although he was born in Paris and played for all the French youth sides through U20 level.

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Lorient center-back Lamine Kone

He has been in good form for his French club this year with 16 appearances and he joined them back in 2010 from Chateauroux and has so far played 135 times with 7 goals and he picked up his first cap for the Ivory Coast last year.

Sunderland, Norwich and Swansea are also credited with an interest in the player who has a contract that still has 18 months to run and the report suggests he would cost £5M.

Last month Kone’s representative, Mark McKay of Excel Foot, confirmed that the defender would be keen on a move to the Premier League – as he said this to ESPN FC:

“There is mounting interest in Lamine and a number of Premier League clubs have been watching him for some time now,”

“I believe several sides are set to watch him in action when Lorient play Paris Saint-Germain in the first game after the international break.”

“Lamine is fast, strong and athletic and would be ideally suited to the style of play in the Premier League.”

The Mail report today is that both Swansea and Newcastle are readying bids for the Frenchman next month – but with so many Frenchman already at Newcastle we probably have a decent chance of getting him.

Sunderland have also been very closely linked with a real interest in the player and L’Equipe reported yesterday that Sunderland very close to an agreement to sign Kone next month – so Newcastle and Lee Charnley had better move quickly.

It’s not clear whether that agreement with Sunderland was only with Lorient on the fee or also with the player on personal terms.

An alternative to Kone is 24 year-old Joel Matip at Schalke and since his contract runs out in June he would be available for about the same fee next month.

But it seems Newcastle are going after Kone who would want less wages than Matip, who has played 26 times for Cameroon.

But Kone could also turn out to be good signing for us and while he usually plays at center-back he can also play at right-back.

In fact reports in France are that he is already one of the best center-backs in Ligue 1.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    This guy looks like the type of guy that we would sign when we are looking for “experience” as he will still be reasonably cheap!!

    On Townsend what he does have is pace , tricks and workrate and he can always beat his man which is something Obertan does not do!! If someone can just teach Townsend to cross rather than shoot he would be some player ha ha

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Just what we need , another African who will disappear for a month with no back up for his position. Hmmmm more thinking is needed on this issue

  • AncientC

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    His contract runs out next summer, another bargain bin acquisition… seems plausible.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    28 years old at this club is like 34 at other clubs. We are in an obscure pocket of time, unlike the world around us. Very unlikely to happen.

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #5

    f Townsend is who Mcca wants. I will trust his judgement. Mcca is a coach not manager he coaches these kids to b better players so lets cool down a little bit. Thats why i havent given up on Thauvin except if he is jst a bad player.

    The deadwood is Willo Obertan Taylor Good Haidara Marvueax Goufrann Tiote Cisse De Jong???? Rivere??? Those ones i wldnt mind if i lose them.

    Townsend has skill and a goal threat that we dont have at the moment.
    Townsend… .Perez……Wijnaldum

    Is an improvement to what we have.

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    The same would have happened with Matip who plays for Camaroon !
    This guy may be plan B , reports in Italy say Milan are trying to hijack our Matip deal.

  • Jib

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I was going to say that’s why I prefer the Westergaard or Knoche links.

  • BandB

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    I can’t see why the the players Ed mentioned in the previous thread shouldn’t leave next month.
    It would free up plenty of squad spaces.
    That would mean no barrier to spending the next £50m instalment of our “three windows” plan.
    It’s still just about feasible to squeak a top 10 finish if we strengthen the squad sensibly now.
    As we are a club with a painstakingly mapped out plan for success, its absolutely reasonable to expect this is what will happen next month, and it is exactly what I expect to happen.

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    LIVERPOOL has come in for Matip so we r out.

    Plan B.

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10


    Knoche wld b a dream come true jst like am crazy abt Willems i can sign even when he is injured.

  • BandB

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Why are we so sure the interest of Milan and Liverpool would derail our determined chase for Matip?
    I’m not so pessimistic. Keep the Faith!

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12


    Liverpool has a better brand than us and richer than us.

    My dream signings
    CB: Shawcross, Howedes, Knoche, Matip
    LB: Willems
    CM: Shelvey
    WF: Redmond, Townsend
    CF: Lacazatte, Lassoga, Austin

  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    BandB @8 – yes, I believe absolutely everyone expects this fully operational plan to be revealed exactly as designed. Like the Death Star. And that turned out alright didn’t it?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Do you ever get the feeling that the French are like those guys selling gadgets from a suitcase in the town centre, and we are the hapless doe-eyed punters with the ready cash and the willingness to be taken in by the patter?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    I bet we’ll get all the ‘neggers’ in now saying things like ” we won’t sign Charlie Austin or Andros Townsend or Joel Matip etc. in January” or “We’ll still have a crocked Willo or Obertan or Goofy etc. in Feb” and all that kind of rubbish! Pessimists! Bah! Humbug!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib I thought you preferred hyperlinks?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Should have said Ray or Jeff he won’t know who I am talking to…

  • BandB

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Will Die

    So, with Liverpool being out of our league, maybe Kone is the plan B.
    Of the teams Ed mentions, Sunderland and Norwich aren’t out of our league. We’ve been assured of that by the captain.
    Hopefully we’ve progressed sufficiently with the plan to dare speak of ourselves in the same breath as Swansea, who we used to be unable to compete with.

    Tsunki….absolutely. Only a fool or a whiner would doubt it.

  • AncientC

    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    If you want to stall out a transfer window, you will find a willing accomplice in Daniel Levy. Bring on Townsendgate.


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