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Newcastle To Attempt Huge Double Transfer Deal In Summer

7:48 am, Sunday, February 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

One reason we have had such a very poor season so far is that Newcastle didn´t bring in enough defenders in the summer and we were really lacking a top center-back and a proven Premier League goalscorer after last summer´s transfer window, when we paid out a huge £52M for four senior players.

In fact we are still missing those top two players after the January transfer window, after paying out another whopping £29M for four senior players – and we are now in the fight of our lives to save our Premier League status.

Newcastle will spend big in the summer, especially if we are still a Premier League side and news today that a top center-back will be the target in the summer.

Samuel Umtiti

Samuel Umtiti – French U21 International

But it’s yet another French player in the French League who we are after according to the Chronicle – 22 year-old Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, with the French U21 International ready to leave Lyon in the summer.

Newcastle were first linked with this player last summer.

And if Graham Carr is still running things in the transfer window in the summer Newcastle could go after a huge double deal at Lyon and try to get long-term striker target Alexandre Lacazette in from Lyon also, even though the player said he wants to join a club that plays in the Champions League.

24 year-old Lacazette refused a move to Newcastle in January.

We are hoping that Newcastle will bring in more English (British) players in the summer who may be more expensive but are much less of a risk than players coming in from the French league.

We have proved that over the last several years at the club and in the last 18 months three Frenchmen singed form France – Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere and Florian Thauvin have failed miserably at Newcastle.

Samuel has already played 160 times for Lyon, but like Chancel Mbemba is only 5ft 11ins tall, which for center-backs these days is not particularly tall when you have 6ft 8 ins strikers around.

So if he was paired with Mbemba at the back Newcastle would not have a lot of height in central defense – assuming we could sign the player this summer.

Samuel can also play at left back so maybe that´s one reason we want to sign him in the summer, always assuming we are a Premier League club at that time.

Newcastle will have competition from bigger clubs with both Chelsea and Tottenham interested in the player who would cost around £10M so a double deal that included Lacazette could be upwards of £35M for Newcastle.

Umtiti made his debut for Lyon four years ago in January of 2012 in a 3–1 win against Lyon Duchere and played the whole game.

We would be a lot happier if Newcastle signed a taller center-back so we had more height in defense – unless Umtiti will be signed as a left-back.

This potential double deal has the markings of Graham Carr all over it and if Newcastle are going to get players in who can immediately contribute to the team we just have to sign more English players – even if they are more expensive.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Do these people ever learn?

    Quality’s more of a priority than potential profit on player sales when the Club’s in such a mess – the result of all-round incompetence and mis-management!

    What is Ashley’s agenda for the Club? It doesn’t appear to be improving the Club on the field.

    Can any of the financial experts out there think of any reason for the way he seems to be doing his level best to ruin the Club?

    Everton’s owners have sold 45% of the club for £200m and the investor’ll surely want some sort of return on his investment.

    So, unless Goodison Park’s set for sale, he must see potential in Everton – especially with the monies available in future.

    Meanwhile, Ashley seems intent on denying Newcastle United those opportunities.


  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    To be fair to Munster he never said Pardew was good, just went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on that he got tòo much abuse on here.!

  • 3 Munster Mag // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    You’re correct there jail. For once.

  • 4 Munster Mag // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Meanwhile old man carr is on the vino again. I wonder if this guy is as tough as mbiwa?

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Because lesh, our portly owner has so much money coming out of every orifice has jeff so eloquently puts it, he isn’t interested in our on field successs one little bit, surviving in the PL is the be all and end all and it seems like they’ve all had enough of it.

  • 6 jayphoto // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Wouldn’t want us signing ANY defenders with only ligue 1 experience. They hate physical play. Hence why zlatan scores so many goals. Completely not made for the premier league.
    Having 2 defenders under 1.85m would be a worry. Though I think maybe 2 CB will sign in the summer, so if umtiti is one of 2 then that’s ok, hes a good left back actually. Been linked a lot with Vestergaard, and with Knoche, Both would be preferable to me over Umtiti.

  • 7 AncientC // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    That is a pretty funny article on Pardew.

    Ed basically says: Yes Pardew is in a bad run right now but Carver’s run was much worse, and anyways, Palace are higher than Newcastle with a better goal difference, so there.

    Let us not forget that Carver was Pardew’s choice.

    As for Palace being higher in the league, that has not been disputed, but some of us did say Pardew would go stale and put Palace into a nose spin, which is happening.

    Palace will be for the drop next season.

    We or any other club in English football are not up for comparison when it comes to discussing if Pardew is a good manager, or a terrible one… he either is or he isn’t. Comparing Pardew against his old number 2 is a ridiculous comparison. Look at the facts as they stand, what do they indicate about Pardew’s teams evolution when he has more time to make a side into his own.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    We were heavily linked with, Kone, Remy, Bony, Matip Lilongwe says Payet is it Carrs fault we never signed them. Cisse would not have been here if it wasn’t for Freilburg being in financial difficulties. And what do you nean for right for once,?

  • 9 jayphoto // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Just a note on the prev. article. Never can resist a pardew thread…
    If you want Pardews playing style summed up in one fact, it would be that Tony Pulis, a man who played 1 up front at home to Peterboro, knew that palace would sit so deep that he felt confident enough to play 3 up front yesterday!!! The most cautious manager in premier league history felt confident enough to put 3 up front! And it took Pardew till they were 3-0 down to react to it!

  • 10 AncientC // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Carr has also scouted Varane and Zouma on the subject of French cb players that Carr puts on his list. Mbiwa came because he was cheap, Arsenal were very interested in Mbiwa too, but then developing under Wenger is different to being shoved out at RB by Pardew.

  • 11 sparky55 // Feb 28, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    It’s amazing how much effort Ashley puts into his non NUFC business interests compared to the effort he puts into running NUFC

    He’s massively investing in property all over the UK…massively outbidding the nearest highest bidders for anything in city centres.

    Ashleys Daughter has just married a business friend of my son and they’ve been given a open cheque book to buy big plots in centre centres to build purpose built SD megastores with in-house Fitness Gyms…so basically they’re already got a massive captive audience of Chavvy gym freaks already wearing his cheap chivvy sh!te who’ll soon by buying his cheap chavvy gym wear to wear in his cheap chavvy gyms…a captive market if there ever was one.

    Ashley paid 8 million more than the nearest bidder for the old Tetley brewery site in Leeds and is doing the same all over the country.

    He’s bought a plot in london for a 135 million and he’s gonna build a chavvy towers with retail units on the ground floor, office units on the next 10 floors and apartments for the rest…with guess what…an SD store on the bottom with an SD gym amongst the office floors.

    All this is being done via MASH holdings…all completely outside SD and building up more value in his holding Co so he can buy back SD for peanuts later this year.

    We’ve all read SD is being de-listed this week but there’s been no words of defiance and no fighting to keep them in the FTSE because he wants to see them de-listed so the share price falls even more so he can buy it back for less. Investors are selling SD shares by the millions because they all know the shares will fall further and play right into Ashleys hands.

    All this very astute business activity whilst he leaves that useless tw@t Charnley in charge of NUFC and not stepping in to make any changes to the running of NUFC.

    So just in case anyone reading this does not get where I’m going with this…HE DOESN’T GIVE A SH!TE WHAT HAPPENS TO NUFC…It always has been and always will be all about MASH holdings and his own personal fortune.

    He doesn’t need his own personal advertising hoarding any more…he’s now got a massive property empire along with the biggest sports retail empire in the world…job done…he doesn’t need NUFC any more it’s right at the bottom of his business priority list.

    but don’t worry lads…he’s got the best coach and best MD running the club…there is absolutely nowt to be worried about.

  • 12 posada // Feb 28, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    What a stupid headline. We don’t even know what league we will be in.
    Also, I wouldn’t trust Graham Carr to run a sweet shop never mind pick more players.

  • 13 Ravostag // Feb 28, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Pure speculation! None of the transfer targets will come to the championship, many of the current squad will leave ( good) so we will need to look at a whole new clutch of targets

  • 14 jimmygscot // Feb 28, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Will Newcastle never learn! How many French defenders have failed to establish themselves at SJP.Very few French defenders ever make it in the Premier League.

  • 15 JP...from The Rock // Feb 28, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Yes he’s another frenchie but this CB is a really strong and powerful player with loads of potential. He will get a full french cap very soon for sure. We would do very well to bring in this defender.

    I also prefer Lacazzette to Berahino as he is stronger and faster than Berahino.

    Let’s just hope we survive relegation first ey!

  • 16 davis_toons // Feb 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

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