Newcastle Striker Target Not Available

It doesn´t come as a big surprise that Marseille do not want to sell their 22 year-old striker Michy Batshuayi in the January transfer window and this time it´s their manager Michel – also known as Míchel Jose Miguel Gonzalez Martín del Campo – saying that.

Michy Batshuayi

22 year-old Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi

Michel says that the French club will not be selling this January and they are not even of thinking of trying to get a replacement in for the Belgian striker:

“You want to kill me! I don’t think about Michy leaving,” “If we’re going to sign anyone it will be an addition not a replacement.”

Newcastle have had an interest in the player all season and there was even news recently in France that we were supposed to be in negotiations with Marseille to get the player to Newcastle.

Spurs’ are also interested in a getting a good striker in this month to help them reach their goal of finishing in the top four this season -=Newcastle are trying to get a striker in so we don´t finish in the bottom three.

Tottenham are also very keen to get West Brom’s Saido Berahino to the club and Newcastle have also been linked with this player.

Michel´s statement is consistent with that of Marseille President Vincent Labrune who is thinking of ways to keep him even past this summer, as Labrune said this in Le Sport 10 in France just two weeks ago:

“If I could offer him €700K a month, I would. But that is impossible,”. “If you go in the Champions League next year, and Michy wants to stay one more season, it would be a pleasure.”

With Papiss Cisse out for three months with the groin injury, Newcastle desperately need a new striker brought in and Charlie Austin seems the obvious player who could fill the gap.

But we are not sure why the apparent resistance to sign Charlie.

In the past it´s been about money and the club wants cheaper deals and younger players – sorry – I mean good value deals.

But now with our Premier League status on the line that should now be the criteria at all, as the clubs stands to lose millions and millions if we are relegated in May.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • ToonMatt

    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Austin looks like He’s going to Palace, Gutted we never went for him but we simply can’t compete with clubs like Palace, It’s embarrassing.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #2

    2 words to get us out of relegation…Sylvian Marveaux.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #3

    On 7 December 2015, Vlaar joined AZ Alkmaar until the end of the 2015–16 season

    ^ When did that happen? Why didn’t we go after him especially as a free agent?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed…how about you cough up the Austin money 😉

    …and what’s with the Royal we? Most of us know why we among others didn’t buy the player back in the summer! You seem to be one of a few who doesn’t get this.

    I agree we should have bought another FW in the summer just not Austin.

  • Santon03

    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Something must be wrong with Austin goes to Palace, almost all EPL teams have money to get him especially top 8 teams but only Palace want him and just for 8mil?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Magpie Season…he’s 30 and injury prone!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #7

    McClaren’s comments re Giroud are embarrassing. Shocking man management, not to mention Giroud was the only player to have more than 2 shots and fail to hit the target once… Giroud wouldn’t have scored any of the chances Mitro had in that game, most of the Arsenal fans criticise him for the amount he misses. The fact he has only managed 10 Prem goals this season with the players that he has supplying the bullets is pretty poor.

    As for Arma, if we are to move him from Cov, it should be to a Championship team, not back here. He is scoring fairly freely at a very good side in League 1, we should push him to do it in the Championship. Bringing him back here would be an attempt at a cheap fix that will most likely mean we set the lad back a bit and cost us long term.

    On this guy, I quite like him, but he probably isn’t the right signing to drop into this side in this position and situation in the league. Having said that, I’m not sure who would be that would be willing to join us given our poor form over recent years.

  • Santon03

    Jan 4, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Manutd need a striker and they skip on Austin?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Palace want him because the strikers Pardew signed have failed to score a single league goal from open play this season…. How much was Conor Wickham again?

    No top side wants him because he isn’t good enough.

  • Santon03

    Jan 4, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #10

    We should recall Arma, he will be playing similar style to and work hard like Perez.
    Comparing Arma and Vardy, he will work as hard as Vardy, and I think he has more skill than Vardy.

  • Magpie Season

    Jan 4, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #11


    The only reason I can think of why top clubs weren’t after him are:

    1. Chelsea – have Costa, Remy, Falcao.
    2. Arsenal – will never fit into their style of play.
    3. Man City – no idea. Maybe they already filled their English quota?
    4. Man Utd – LVG let so many strikers far better than Austin go. If he doesn’t rate RVP, Hernandez won’t rate Austin.
    5. Liverpool – bought Benteke.
    6. Tottenham – play high pressing energy game. Kane drops back deep to contribute to all phases of play. Austin would not fit the mold.
    7. Everton – have Lukaku & Kone.
    8. Southampton – have good forward players already.

  • firebug666

    Jan 4, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #12


    100% spot on with McClaren comment, What a way to lower Mitrovic’s moral. He also mentions Cisse as a goal scorer, Riviere as not quite ready to be back yet, and other options, but omitted to mention Mitrovic at all.

    The lad tried, and on another day he maybe would have got one or two in, he was unlucky with the few chances he got, but he wasn’t the only one.

    Armstrong should stay where he is in any case, he is coming on nicely let’s not spoil it for him, besides the way SM sets the team up he would probably end up at LB.

    I think new faces are needed, but for me I would want a couple of wingers who can actually put a decent cross into the box and give our forward something to attack, and maybe a CM playmaker to get some control in the middle and dictate play.

  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Worry ye not all you doubters.

    Charnley’s got everything under control and he’s doing his darndest to make sure that the finances look good at the end if the season.

    After all, we must make sure there’s enough to keep us in good shape financially.

    Relegation? The word’s never crossed his mind, he’s more concerned that he impresses Ashley with his astute financial management.


  • Santon03

    Jan 4, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #14

    Magpie Season

    But if he is as good as a lot of people said and for 8mil then it’s good bargain for backup striker.


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