Newcastle Have New Competition For This Transfer Target


We have been expecting Newcastle to sign Virtus Entella left-back Cheick Keita for the last week or so and Newcastle have been continually liked with him in the Italian media.

Now it seems Newcastle have fresh competition for the player, with TMZ reporting that Birmingham City’s new Italian manager Gianfranco Zola wants to sign the defender in the January transfer window.

The fee the Italian second division side want for their top youngster is around €2M (£1.75M) so that will not break the bank at Newcastle.

20 year-old Virtus Entella left-back Cheick Keita

The report is that Birmingham City have already entered into talks to sign the youngster, so if Rafa Benitez is really keen on this youngster we had better make  a move for him quickly.

The player is of Mali descent and he moved to the French second division club Virtus Entella in the summer of 2014, when he was released by Monaco – after coming through their Youth Academy.

Keita has played over the last two seasons in the Virtus Entella first team at left-back and he’s made a total of 47 appearances for his club over that time.

Rafa does have a number of contacts in Italy, after he managed Inter-Milan for a short time in 2012 and then spent two years in a successful reign as manager of Napoli from 2013.

The initial Sun report over a week ago was that Rafa wanted to do a quick deal for the young defender before other clubs made a move for him, so that would have suggested the Magpies would be bidding for Keita very soon.

If Newcastle really want this youngster we should bid for him quickly.

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119 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Just sign some players, ffs.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Oh and by the way jail, after last you are wrong, again.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Night.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Ahem…cough…cough…

    Ashley Out!

    Just getting into training for the end of the transfer window. You know, just in case. 🙂

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #5

    wum alert wum alert

    welshies mum has left him unsupervised again

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  • hibbit

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #6

    lesh thats why it hasnt got the Chronicles name on the story

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #7

    8Bobbybee // Jan 15, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Right, having just read the so called article what I find interesting is the lack of named sources. Or quotes. Or, in fact, anything confirming that a meeting even took place or what it was about. In reality, there’s nothing from anybody in the know. Rafa certainly didn’t mention it in his post match report. Usually a report with an substance there’s names of sources etc. If it was a behind closed doors meeting, one of them must have talked to the press and that would displease Ashley enough to sack them, with his current situation with the press. I need more than just rumours, which is why I’ve generally dismissed paper talk on transfers. The list just posted says all you need to know about so called transfer targets! ? No, until I get more I’m giving this no credence whatsoever. Not saying Ashley isn’t capable of it, just saying I’ve not seen a scrap of evidence to support it. And on that note, football’s on.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Whatever beermonkey.

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  • G

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Todays headlines, tomorrow’s chip wrapping. Its all bull.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Welshie, from the highlights last night Swansea looked better than the scoreline suggested and could’ve been ahead before Arsenal scored to be fair. You don’t expect to get much from games against the likes of Arsenal anyway. Did you see anything that suggested your new gaffer might have enough to keep you up?

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  • Jib

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #11

    beermonkey // Jan 14, 2017 at 10:36 PM
    i see the wums mummy left the coke out and wum is in full wind up mode
    all that sugar and the swans losing his poor mum wont get him to bed early
    beermonkey // Jan 15, 2017 at 1:36 PM
    wum alert wum alert
    welshies mum has left him unsupervised again

    Beermonkey’s last post yesterday followed 15 hours later by his first post today !

    If you like beermonkey we’ll ask Ed to give you permission to post something football-related
    😀

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #12

    As I said before the window opened, it is a tangible suspicion given Mr Ashley’s form that he has window dressed his dogged remit for the club with a top managerial appointment. Not saying he has just yet, but it’s hanging there all the same.

    The proof of the pudding is as they say in the eating. Personally I feel that we needed squad consolidation long before shelvey got banned, or several players got injured – because I thought these occurrences were entirely to be expected.

    If Rafa has to choke on having to say his squad “is strong enough ” or “couldn’t get xxxxx over the line ” then I fear not only the end in sight for Rafa, but a renewed era of distaste and disgust in the stewardship of this club. I really hope this does not happen. I fully expect a concerted effort to counter the attritional effects of this season by buying two or three key personnel and not rely on bench personnel or recalled loanees.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #13

    City looking dangerous. Sterling having a good game but really should’ve scored earlier. Looks like only a matter of time really.

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  • toonincheek

    Jan 15, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #14

    So – Ashley is probably more interested in money than NUFC success.
    Even though the two go hand in hand.

    My question is this:
    Have we made more money from signing promising young players
    (I can’t think of anyone significant)
    Or
    Have we made more money from signing already established
    OVERSEAS players once they have PL experience?
    (I can think of many)

    So – do we really think Ashley cannot see where the profit lies?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Bobby

    Swans are down unfortunately mate, need a frigging miracle.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Problem being Tsunki, you can only buy what’s available. We need quality and January doesn’t offer much as a rule. It’s like other fans saying “buy Gayle or Shelvey from Newcastle, they’re great players”. Why would we sell them?
    And in typical football fashion, Everton score first. 🙂 Totally against the run of play. That’s what makes football magic.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #17

    If sigurdsson leaves in January or in the summer, which I think he will either way then that’s it for swans regarding getting back to the prem.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Good match so far between Everton and Man City.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #19

    “Ashley is probably more interested in money than NUFC success.
    Even though the two go hand in hand”

    Surviving in the PL on the bare minimum is more financially sound than investing in a team to try and challenge the top 4. I wouldn’t say money & success go hand in hand, not when success requires a substantial outlay. Some chance of our shylock owner having somebody prise his hands open.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobby – no more a problem than at any other time of year, surely. Buying an out of favour player in the PL for example could be just the area for Rafa to excel in? We don’t need to target players that are key to other teams survival.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #21

    jib

    do u ask ed before you post homophobic racist and rude offensive comments

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Too early to throw the towel in yet Welshie. I thought they looked decent in patches yesterday, more organised than of late for sure. Unlike Sunlun who looked doomed. Was there a fire drill at 35 minutes planned at the SoL?
    Forget Arsenal mate, when they’re purring like that better teams than Swansea will buckle under. It’s those around you that matter. Beat them and you just never know. Not looking great, but far from over.

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  • AncientC

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #23

    What will the problem be this summer? Players don’t want to sign for Newcastle because they are not an established Premier League club and could go back down… maybe next year…

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Thing is, it’s all very well coming out with the same excuses we’ve heard for years, but transfer dealing is what they are being paid for. Every club faces the same difficulties, there’s no excuse apart from ” we really can’t afford it, we have no money”

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Bobby

    I know mate, just that we have got to rely on other teams to slip up every week and i hate relying on other teams to get us out of trouble just like Newcastle last season.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Tsunki, fair enough, but how many decent players will risk dropping a league? They work hard to get there and earn top dollar. Just the wages are a problem alone. With the PL awash with money even average players are on very good wages. We need decent quality or I can’t see Rafa buying for the sake of it. Any suggestions mate? I’m struggling to see who’s good enough and also available. We know if he doesn’t buy it’s his choice to save the money for potential PL players next season. Have any rivals signed anybody significant yet? This window is horrible for getting good players as teams, need them as much as we do.

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #27

    There should be no concern over the current rumours and transfer stories.
    However what we don’t know is what exactly Ashley’s longer term plans are and with the Chinese waiting in the wings to buy up clubs and players that’s more of a concern.

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  • lesh

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Bobby

    Don’t be surprised if the Chronic’s well placed source of the Ashley article turns out to be Graham Carr.

    Why GC? Because his wings were well and truly clipped when Rafa was given control over transfers, Carr’s substantial input and weight of opinion was greatly curtailed and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still feeling bitter about Rafa’s power grab. Maybe it’s time GC retired.

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  • sparky55

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #29

    I think the fat controller has put out the misinformation that he’s making Rafa comply with the old system of buying cheap foreigners in a rather pathetic attempt to stop selling clubs from quoting such stupidly high prices for average players in this window.

    I think we’ll make a move for a couple of half decent british players before long…one of them being Landsbury from Forest now that takeover has gone pear shaped plus possibly the lad at Man City who made that stupid move from Villa.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #30

    So did Sunlun Welshie, and it worked for them as it has every year since Adam was a lad. It does look difficult, but a little run of wins could lift any of the three bottom clubs clear. Half a season nearly mate, you just don’t know. Keep hoping and believing. They deffo looked better organised yesterday but Arsenal on form are a tough nut to crack. Keep the faith, you just never know.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Im. Ot sure i believe this report. Why would ashley do that when all appears to be going well with rafa in control.

    Weve only signed a few players past their prime and they costs next to nothing.

    Buying yung players with sell on value is essential for clubs outside of the top 4 to progress because you have to make sure you are constantly maximising your value.

    The problem was that you need to blster that youth with some experience to guide them and you need to make sure you are turning a £10m sgning sold for £20m into 2 more £10m signings.

    Watched the full highlights from the game and confirmed my suspicions. Normally we are quite solid defensively but we gave brentford far too many chances. Granted that allowed us a few chances on the counter which has been tough lately but brentford will be feeling very hard done by with some of the refs decisions (probably shouldve got at least 1 penalty). Not only that but on another day, they wouldve put some of those chances away. They were decent chances.

    God bless darlow though. What a keeper he is developing into. His reactions are top notch.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #32

    beermonkey – touche!

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #33

    “… when Forest went out of the FA Cup at Wigan Athletic last weekend Lansbury – the club captain, no less – turned up on Twitter after an afternoon on the driving range with his friends.”

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #34

    lesh
    It’s more likely that our respected chief scout has put a story out in the press with no other reason than to make trouble than it is that Ashley is just being Ashley?

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Sparky

    You could be right.

    This is probably one of the toughest windows ever. Were getting quoted stupid fees, struggling to attract premier league quality. Dont want to waste money in a bunch if stop gap signings that will be useless next season and our rivals in the championship really dont want to let their best players come to us. There are so many factors at play i can see why we’re struggling to bring players in.

    These new tv deals are getting out of hand. Its pushed player values through the roof and openin up the chasm between top and second tier even further.

    I dont understand how the premier league arent worried about the bubble bursting. Surely the tv rghts have been way over valued in comparison to commercial gains.

    I reckon it could be boom and bust for the premier league at some point. Particularly if our top clubs dont start making headlines in the championship. The only way the league value can stay so high is if its producing some absolute real madrid, barcelona type behemoths which it isnt at the moment.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Lesh, if it was Carr, he’d be risking his job. It could only be Carr, Charnley, Rafa or Ashley and I’m sure Ashley would quickly work out which one it was. Without any sources or quotes I’ll wait to hear what Rafa has to say on the matter myself. No doubt it will be mentioned in the presser tomorrow and we’ll get at least a clue from that.
    Don’t forget, this is Rafa’s project. He won’t want to waste money because he wants to show it can be done within the financial constraints of a club paying for itself. Time will tell anyway.

    2-0 Everton. You’ve got to love football for the fact that no thing’s guaranteed. City looked by far the better side and are now two down. Love it!

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #37

    There is no way that Mashley sanction full control to Rafa to just take it away half a season later..especially as things are going well in the championship.
    All this hype of Ashley reverting back to buy young to sell on for a profit is media driven drivel….Speculation at best.
    Personally I think the transfer model was a failed business plot in trying to bring in players with a vast sell on fee for the future.And bringing in players that are proven in the Pl has worked with far greater effect than half the French imports that have crossed the channel

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  • lesh

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Beermonkey

    Assuming that Ed suspended Jib for a week however long it was, his post-suspension posts have been civilised. However and maybe I’m wrong, but his posts see to suggest that the niceness is wearing a bit thin and he’s slowly reverting to type. Wonder how long before he’s given a life term.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Ancient

    You are correct on the invest for top 4 vs keep in the league from a business point of view (sadly)

    You can see clubs deteriorating each year from lack of investment though.

    Sunderland, villa, us, swansea, norwich so mike ashley has to learn that he needs to keep investment constant. Theres no point in having the odd window where we splash out (and do it badly) were better off making smart key additions year on year.

    I do wonder how well players like gini wouldve done if theyd been brought into a different atmosphere.

    When we signed cabaye et al, i think they flourished because there was a feel good factor of being a club in the up.

    Gini et al were brought into a squad that had been fighting for survuval for a few years and i definitely got the impression that the players that had been around for a fair while like colo were psychologically damaged from their experiences. Mustve had a cloud of negatvity around the place.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 15, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #40

    LGFUAD, that’s been my point all along. Too much money in the PL makes signing them almost impossible in January. Nobody wants to sell and those that do are asking silly money. Rivals don’t want to see us strengthen and won’t sell, so the only real option is abroad and that can be risky. We have to trust Rafa to do his best, but he won’t waste money just to appease fans. He wants who he wants and if he can’t get them he’ll make do.
    Sadly I was right about bringing Arma back in case Gayle got injured. Let him go back too early, but nobody could have foreseen Gayle and Mitro going out in consecutive weeks I suppose. Murphy won’t let anybody down, but God forbid anything happens to him!

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