Rafa Wants To Go Back In For 26-Year-Old Villareal Forward

At some point in the near future, hopefully, in January, Benitez will be allowed to change his transfer strategy.

He then go after the players he wants at Newcastle rather than the players he can bring in on the limited budget Newcastle usually have.

The latest transfer news today coming out of Spain is that Newcastle are again interested in French-born Cedric Bakambu, who plays for DR Congo with Chancel Mbemba.

The Villareal forward played for a number of  French Youth sides before making his debut.

The publication Marca is reporting that Newcastle are interested in the player along with two other Premier League clubs West Ham and Everton.

The forward is now in his third season at Villarreal since signing on for the Spanish club from Turkish club Bursaspor back in 2015.

He has been in good form for Rafa’s former club with 42 goals and 6 assists in 98 total appearances.

Newcastle were first linked with this player when he was still at Sochaux back in the summer of 2014.

That was before he signed on at Bursaspor for one year before moving to Villareal, and we were regularly linked last summer with the forward.

Cedric Bakambu – 26-year-old Villarreal forward

The player was born in the suburbs of Paris, and could be an excellent signing for us if we can get him through the door.

But the report says he’s now valued at £30M, and that could be a big problem unless we have new owners who invest heavily in the side in January.

While at Sochaux for four seasons he scored 21 goals in 107 total appearances and this summer Villarreal wanted (only) £15M for the player.

That fee seems to have increased.

He would be a good signing if Newcastle can get him in for a decent fee.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Even US t.v. pundits get recognition sometimes

    Well done Bezza

  • Jib

    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Supermac would have been brilliant in
    a 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
    He used to petrify back fours

  • toontaff2

    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Where’s Jail?
    30 million

  • toontaff2

    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    JIB, SuperMac was quick, until his injuries!

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 14, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Rumour mill in full swing already , yawn

  • magscar

    Nov 14, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Mac was quick – wasn’t he almost up up to international standard over 100 metres?

    Strong as well – dragging defenders along with him ala Colin Waldron in semi final against Burnley in 74

  • Jib

    Nov 14, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb are saying that
    Rafa has been in touch with Montenegran striker Stevan Joveti?
    The player , who turned 28 twelve days ago ,first caught RB’s eye when
    playing for Fiorentina.
    He currently cannot get a regular start in Monaco’s team

  • JohnJ

    Nov 14, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Super Mac ’74 I was at Hillsborough that day and saw Waldron who was a big lad being hauled along the pitch by wor No 9 – it was an excellent shout by the Ref who I recall said afterwards he would have blown up earlier had it been anyone else but Supermac but he scored anyway – one of my magical memories – It didn’t matter that we had two punctures on the way back and didn’t get home until 9:30 but still had time to get over the road from my parents house to The Railway for a few jars! 🙂 🙂

  • magscar

    Nov 14, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    We have been blessed with strikers over my years of supporting ( Jackie, Len White just a little before my time supporting) such as Wyn ( not prolific but important to side especially in Europe) partnered by Pop Robson who was more prolific, Cole and Beardsley,Tino , Shearer, Ferdinand, Bellamy . Even in lean times we had likes of Withe Shoulder Quinn . Thinking of these makes current lack of goals in side more frustrating but here’s hoping Jan brings changes 😉

  • magscar

    Nov 14, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Spot on! My brother and I queued for hours up Barrack Road before turnstiles opened for the sales on a Sunday morning ( first train out of North Shields), we got as far as queuing in the rails leading into the turnstiles when they closed – sold out.

    Especially annoying as during the early morning some fans were sneaking into queue ahead and scuffles broke out with coppers also ejecting some who had been in queue and were simply trying to stop others sneaking in. All before collecting tokens. Did get Cup final ticket in the lottery of sending in coupons from programmes though. Great day out but horrible game. No one including Mac played well !


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