Newcastle Make Strange Transfer Move For French International

There had been news last week that Marseilles´s 30 year-old French International goalkeeper Steve Mandanda wants a move to the Premier League, but there are reports today in France that Newcastle would like to sign him next month.

The report is in L´Equipe and it says that Newcastle have approached his agent to try to make the deal for next month with the transfer fee listed as £4M.


French International goalkeeper Steve Mandanda

The 21 times capped French International has made it known when his contract runs out in June he would like a move to the Premier League – and if this report is true it looks like Newcastle want him in next month.

Other clubs said to be interested are two other relegation candidates – Aston Villa and Norwich City.

But we would be very surprised if there´s any truth in this L´Equipe report – and only last week Steve McClaren said the club would have to review the goalkeeper situation, but that it could wait until the summer.

Steve joined Marseille from Le Havre back in 2007 initially on loan, before signing for them permanently the next year – and he has played a mammoth 412 times for the south of France club.

Mandanda was born in Kinshasa, Zaire and he made his full international debut for France back in May 2008 in a 2–0 win against Ecuador coming on as a half-time substitute for Sebastien Frey.

He had previously played 17 times for the French U21 side and twice for the French B side.

But we would be very surprised if Newcastle bring in any goalkeeper next month.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

111 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    It was an odd game in that I thought that if we lost, Everton deserved to win, and if we got a draw, we kind of deserved the draw with the amount of last ditch blocks we got.

    Sitting back and waiting for Everton to attack us did not work. We were hardly in the Gallowgate when attacking it. It started to become a bit more end-to-end in the second half because of a slight mental and physical fatigue compared to the first half, and both realised they needed to win.

    The pressing we were doing against Liverpool is what I think we should be doing each game, as a minimum – right on the defenders, who are usually the worst in possession on the pitch; get them to make an error by forcing them to hit it early and panic in possession.

    I’m not a fan of just sitting back. It looks lethargic, you’re not building on in-game routine of maintaining possession from game to game, and in the short-term, passes can become slack in-game from lack of volume of touches, and this was at home!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Beer…ling time no see 🙂

    I think that feeling is natural, but it’s only because we lasted that long.

    Everton should have been up 2-0 at halftime. This bitter taste comes from almost riding it out. But what kind of stand is that anyway?

    Turn it around and put on a blue shirt and ask the exact same question.

    Morning Ron…funding 3 teams worse than us are going to be a close one I think

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3


    The trick is to find three teams who not only play worse than us but also have worse luck than us!

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Major problem with the squad is that there is way too much quantity and not quality. Too much “French potential” it’s BS doesbt work unless you have quality players like Arsenal do to complement them

    Not enough British heart who have the stomach to get us out of this mess. I’d rather have 11 championship quality English players than this lot at the moment.

    The likes of West Ham, Leicester Swansea, Watford now, and even Bournemouth have overtaken us. Why? Because they have a plan, a good policy of buying players and good coaching and management. Take Bournemouth for example, they are on the verge of completing a loan for Juan Iturbe with a £16,2m permanent fee! When they were losing a lot of the time at the start of the season and we’re getting very unlucky (our game against them was a prime example) pundits were saying Eddie Howe would have to change his philosophy, but they didn’t and carried on and now they are getting results. At the start of the season, it was clear that SM and Cathro had a possession based attacking philosophy set out, it looked like we had a plan etc however we weren’t getting results and what do we do? We changed again ffs, especially yesterday, it just looked like the same old Pardew hoof ball. The bottom line is is that there is no philosophy, consistency or plan, at least any more now

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5


    I completely agree, there’s no consistency with our style at the moment, and this sitting back only works against top 4/5 teams. It’s not enjoyable to watch just feels like Pardew is back here

  • Jib

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #6

    I can see why the pressing game was abandoned on such a heavy pitch.

    It was noticeable how Everton ran out of steam.

    It was a strategy that nearly came off except for an unbelievable piece of bad luck with the last kick of the game.

  • beermonkey

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    hope u had a decent xmas
    yeah not about much the blog can be pretty toxic and personal and I cant be bothered

    if I was a blue I would have felt 2 points lost if we had drew

    ron knee
    are there 3teams worse

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Bad luck or not, we’re losing games whilst playing to our best. That will see us relegated.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t understand this, if it is true they must have zero faith in Darlow.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    Approaching the TV series called ” The Transfer Window ” and we’re talking about another keeper ?
    We’re 12 points behind Watford as a measure of our position and need another 23 points to reach 40. Eight wins should do it – but loosing the opportunity to get 3 maybe 5 points out of the last two games puts a perspective on what needs to be done. Some more clinical final passes would help -not easy on the last two sodden pitches – I suspect that on dry pitches our improving style of play ( there were some classy moves last night albeit only a few ) might produce the results . Bring Shearer in to buddy Mitro might help – his muscle tone at the moment is quite tense and that takes the edge off his performances – a couple of goals and he will relax and become a more fluid player – the Fitness Coaches should know that and help him play with more fun less tension and the goals will flow . Either that or pay £30million for Vardy .

  • Blofal

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11


    I think McClaren realised that we don’t have players that are comfotable in possession and had no choice.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Expat in response to Dubai.

    Definitely worth a repost.

    Post of the week. Well said Sir.


    A blind nan can see where the problems lie in this club yet we continue to make the same mistakes, year after year.

    The policy of buying young and foreign is fundementally flawed because it has resulted in continuous struggles against relegation each season and a lack of success in producing good players.

    Whilst the likes of Cabaye, Debuchy and Ba can be termed as successes with reasonable profit generated from their sales, the likes of Marveaux, Obertan, Gouffran, Mbiwa, Cabella, Haidara, HBA, Riviere have proven to be expensive flops for one reason or another. The jury is still out on the likes of Mitrovic, Sissoko and Thauvin but I see little to get enthusiastic about.

    Thats a lot if flops and a huge waste of money. The powers to be state they want to be top 8 and win a cup but it is clear that this current policy will not achieve those aims. The likes of Watford, Bournemouth and Leicester are buying lower cheaper experienced level players eg Huth, Distin and Morgan and with decent coaching, they are achieving good success.

    What do we do?

    I cannot see a plan. Pre season was a joke. The main season started early but we started buying late and packed on a stupid overseas trip which surely impacted and contributed to a bad start.

    Top of the injury league table yet again. It cannot all be down to bad luck. It is more than likely bad choices in injury prone players like Marveaux Obertan Taylor etc.

    The youth system seems flawed too. How many decent kids gave we produced??????? Carroll Krul Armstrong in 7 or 8 years????? Dummett perhaps…..not many, is it? Why is this? An in depth independent analysis of the entire academy set up should be conducted from top to bottom and ruthless changes should be effected.

    A full review of the scouting system especially the leadership and decision making process at top level should be conducted with a view to incorporating more domestic based scouts looking at players with premiership/Championship players of good quality and stop looking continually at the cheapest options available.

    Finally, appoint a Chief Executive with a good knowledge of not only the game but a decent business acumen to take this club forward again.

    Get these points right and we might just be proud of our club again. Alas, I think all I am doing is wishful thinking and shoveling shit uphill. Maybe things will change once the fatman pisses off.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13


    That’s the $64,000 question!

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14


    On possession football.

    True but I have 2 counter arguments

    1) Bournemouth came j to this league with no expectations. Their fans are far more patient. Newcastle fans were vocal in not wanting to wait around for a philosophy to develop and the pressure mounted on steve to change. Sadly that is footbAll these days. As a manager you are forced to think short term because of the lack of job security.

    2) I think to an extent Steve’s decision to change it up has been proven correct. We took 7 points from 9 and could have very nearly made that 8 from 12. It’s not always pretty and its tense to watch but right now we need points and confidence and grinding these results out is doing the job. Sadly it just didn’t work yesterday.

    It’s Interesting that In this country we see a grafting by defensive display as a negative thing because it means we are on the back foot. However in Italy a great defensive performance is admired as much as an attacking one. The more we keep teams our. The more confidence our forward players will have to express themselves and take risks.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    i kind of get why Steve did what he did yesterday, and i think he nearly got away with it.

    i think the plan was to just sit and let everton run themselves into the ground in the first half on the pitch that has seen a lot of water over the last week or so.

    what did i see yesterday, firstly , heart, wow we are defending miles better than we have in a long time, and the fact that it took them 93 mins to score is testament to the work being done on the training pitch and the team moral, they fight for each other much than they ever have in recent years, secondly, whilst i agree everton had more chances, they most certanly didnt create the better chances, NUFC created far better chances just they failed to take them just like last week, the good thing in all of this is we are creating good chances against good teams, soon we will start to take them

  • nufconceandfuturekings

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #16

    A belated Merry Christmas to all, and a happy new year to all.
    Whilst this is likely a non-story, nothing would surprise me, considering how our great club is in the hands of the keystone cops.
    I think it’s going to get a whole let worse before it gets better. What I’m holding onto is the ‘better’ bit, the day when NUFC is free of the bargain basement culture of MA and the Penfold incompetency of Charnley.
    On the positive side, we’ve still got committed and hard working players, like Elliott, and ultimately, it’s football. To that end, we’re praying for you, Pavel.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17


    I really think it’s a total myth this english heart thing. look at the top 4 – 6 teams, all largely predominantly foreigh player and coaches.

    What gets me is that carr has so much autonomy and sometimes goes and buys total duds from France, whereas whoever is doing Leicester’s scouting is getting Mahrez for 400M and Kante for peanuts from the same league.

    In essence we are sponsored by Wonga and playing at the sports dirext arena or as fans put it more succinctly ” we are s–t and we’re sick of it”

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Possession football
    we have not got the players to play possession football – we just go sideways and backwards – so SM changed it to letting the opposition having the ball and counter attacking with speed when we get it – thus we have had more chances but sadly lack the finishing to put the chances away

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19


    I get your points but every professional footballer in the prem should be able to close down high up the pitch and work hard for 90 mins. Saw that in the liverpool game but it appears to have gone. We have 7/12 points from the last four games. However six of those have come from beating Spurs and Liverpool, where we can afford to sit back and try and counter, that’s where the gameplan is flawed, I’d rather the players be coached on possession based attacking game trying to break down teams create chances and press high up the pitch even if we haven’t got the right set of players, than watching them get dominated every week because we have Paul Dummett aimlessly hoofing it to no one. Plus if we keep playing the philosophy they set out to do then if we bring in the right players in January like Shelvey etc. Then the style and results will only get better

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20


    isn’t that just what AP did every match and then give us the hilarious ” we always play on the front foot routine”

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21


    It also results in the opposition camping in our half for 45 mins like Everton did. It felt like I was watching in a Pardew nufc team yesterday

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Cabaye wasn’t replaced so we lack anyone with vision in midfield. McClaren doesn’t have many options given the current squad.

  • Ian Toon

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Statistics from, which collates information about rehabilitation, show the total number of injuries suffered by Premier League players was below 1,000 in the seven seasons from 2004-5, but reached four figures in 2011-12. For the past three seasons it has exceeded 1,200, with this season’s tally also projected to do so.

    Richard Heys, of, says: “The standard of fitness preparation has improved and is continuing to improve but the intensity of the matches has increased. They are much faster so fatigue does occur.” Whereas 50 years ago, players would run about three miles in a match, now it is often well over six.

    Ben Dinnery, an injury data analyst, says: “There are two types of injuries. The first are soft-tissue ones, the strains which, as Roberto Martinez [the Everton manager] has said, are usually avoidable. Then there are impact injuries, which are part of the game because football is a contact sport. The statistics conflate both of them and we don’t know which type is increasing.

    “Many players are pushing their bodies to the limit with explosive movements and so are susceptible to injuries, particularly to the hamstrings, which account for 40% of all soft-tissue injuries.”

    Dinnery, of Premier Injuries, says there are two periods when players will often break down. One is at the start of the season in August and September, when their bodies are not used to coping with the sudden demands. Sometimes players will not have had sufficient time to recover from international tournaments. The other spike in injuries is the Christmas period, when there is a series of games with little recovery.

    Certain clubs seem to suffer problems more often than their rivals. Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle were particularly affected last season. Chelsea had the third fewest number of days missed, a factor in them winning the title.

  • nut meg

    Dec 27, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Until we buy to build a team instead of for future profit I don’t really expect things to change much.Will Carr / Charnley bring in the right players to improve the weakest positions? We will soon find out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #25

    Do you actually realise that you’re praising Mclaren for what you slated Pardew for

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    hands up if you think we will stay up
    not with this lot sorry

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    Less points than our relegation season, not sure

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #28


    Not really, defending yes , but the football and creating chances definitely not.

    As you well know his problem was playing one up front with no support , and wait for a wonder goal to appear like magic, where as I can see we now work the ball to the wing and put balls into the box and get bodies in there.

    So while you could kind of see p45 trained 4 days on defence, you can see that we now train in all aspects of the game.

    I watched palace in the last 2 games , and they don’t look like scoring from open play , and once someone buys one of his 4 best players who were at the club before he came , they will be relegated

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #29

    But what can SM do when we don’t have the class/mentallity of players to play possession football.
    You need confidence on the ball and the patience to build and movement off the ball and a player like Cabaye who can open defences

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #30

    no replacement of any positions better than what we have, a pardew clone and a totally ruthless businessman hellbent on bleeding us to death slowly

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #31

    and the followers saying it’ll be alright on the night

  • JamesToon

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #32


    Because then we can build towards that philosophy now so that it is engrained into the current players so that in January if we can buy a player like Shelvey or in the Cabaye mould, they can slot straight in and immediately improve our team. If the ball is going to constantly bypass our midfield then there’s not much point on having a creative midfielder imo

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #33

    never has been never will be
    with this lot in charge

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #34

    and before i get shot at …….
    please supply the proof all is well at the mill

  • Belfast

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #35

    Click click click click….

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #36


    Do you think Ashley will try to sell up if we get relegated?

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #37

    nope still plenty for him to snaffle away
    parachute payments …..
    perez krul and the rest of those worth a penny leaving us the dross and mucca

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #38

    he will go when the best bits are gone and he has made his bit back and the rest

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #39

    Yeah – but in the position we are the fans will not give the manager time to mould a passing/possession team we want results. Patience is very thin in the football/fan world

  • John Tudor

    Dec 27, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #40

    i see derby are back to their best without mucca there
    says a lot to me


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