21 year-old Jonathan Bamba moved to St. Etienne back in 2011 when he was only 15 and he has been there ever since, although he did have a loan spell at the first half of last season at Sint-Truiden (8 appearances 2 goals) and then he went on loan at Angers in January, where he played 19 times with 3 goals and 2 assists.
And there’s news today in Foot Mercato that Newcastle are interested in signing the winger with Italian clubbing Atalanta, who finished 4th in Serie A last season, also reported keen on signing the youngster.
Bamba has played 15 games for St. Etienne with one goal and one assist and he made his Ligue 1 debut back in January 2015 against Paris Saint-Germain in a 1-0 defeat when he was just 18.
21 year-old French U21 International Jonathan Bamba of St. Etienne
The player was born in the suburbs of Paris in France, but he is of Ivorian descent and he’s played for the French U16, U18, U20 and U21 youth teams.
However a bit of a spanner in the works was that long term manager Christophe Gaultier has left the club after being manager there since 2009 and St. Etienne were unwilling to sell any player until Gaultier was replaced.
The French club have just appointed Oscar Garcia yesterday as their new manager on a two-year contract.
The former Brighton and Watford manager Garcia has left Red Bull Salzburg where he had considerable success winning the Austrian League and Cup double during both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
Presumably the transfers will now start up again at the French club.
The news from France is that Newcastle are preparing a bid for the 21 year-old French U21 International, who can play on either wing so he is quite versatile.
The Magpies want to move quickly to beat Italian club Atalanta to signing the player and maybe this is one of the four players Rafa wants to sign within the next couple of weeks?
There is also news Newcastle will try to use Henri Saivet in part exchange for Bamba, since Saivet was at St Etienne last season on loan.
But he didn’t play too well at the French club and the news at the end of the season was that St. Etienne were not interested in signing the former Bordeaux midfielder – so an exchange deal for Jonathan Bamba could prove to be difficult.
What do you think?
Health Update – I am about half way through my chemotherapy treatment at Rex Cancer Center here in Raleigh, so I thought it a good time to update those interested.
My blood tests were OK on Wednesday and I was given the go ahead for my 4th chemotherapy infusion (of 6) yesterday afternoon.
The next 10 to 14 days have proved to be the worst for side reactions with exhaustion – often complete exhaustion – being the worst side effect due to my very low red blood cell count.
However the good news it that I’m on schedule and hopefully will complete the treatment by early August and then it generally takes around two months to get back to what we’ll call normal – when my hair will hopefully grow back in.
Then we’ll see how things stand – it’s always hard to know what’s really happening half way though the treatment.
As you may know I am also undergoing Hormone therapy at the same time which also has some side effects – but there’s good evidence over the last two to three years the two treatments taken together can prolong life expectancy for stage four cancer patients.
Obviously I am hoping this will make a (big) difference and I will be able to keep reporting on Rafa’s fantastic revolution unfolding at Newcastle and they look to be really exciting times ahead for all of us.
Howay The Lads!!