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Is This The Striker Newcastle Want To Replace Andy Carroll?

Newcastle will be linked with many transfer targets over the summer, and already have been linked with quite a few (67?).

Youssef El-Arabi – are Newcastle interested in this player?

And it will only get worse, or better, depending on how you view these reports, most of which will be made up.

There’s a report out that both Newcastle and Everton may be interested in 24 year-old Youssef El-Arabi, who is a French-born Moroccan striker who plays for Stade Malherbe Caen in French Lique 1.

Newcastle were also linked with this player in early January.

He is currently the second top scorer in the French League, stands 6’1″ tall, and has played around 70 games for his club hitting 30 goals, which is not too bad.

El-Arabi moved to Caen, his home town,  in 2008 from French lower division side USON Mondeville, and he made his debut for them in December of 2008.

He made his debut for Morocco last September, against Central African Republic, and so far has 3 International caps.

Caen are currently 4th bottom of the French League, and just one point above the drop zone, and the Moroccan will be trying to keep his home town club in the top flight this season, and he has so far scored 15 goals in 30 games.

The striker has a contract through 2013, but he has made it clear to everybody, that he would like to leave the club in the summer:

This is what he told the French Daily L’Equipe:

“I have made my decision and I will leave. I have told the leaders of club my intention, but they know I’m going to keep giving everything until the end season.

“There are lots of clubs interested in me, but I have not decided where I want to go yet. I’m attracted to leagues in Spain and England.”.

Youssef El-Arabi seems a decent player but he has only played his football in the much weaker French league, and he would be a big gamble for Newcastle, and we’d be very surprised if  Newcastle bid for this player in the summer.

It wouldn’t surprise us if the Newcastle scouts have been watching him, since they are covering lots of French games right now,  especially Chief Scout Graham Carr.

The fee mentioned in the report is £10M, but that’s just ridiculously high – he was quoted at £4M in January –  and Newcastle are far too savvy these days to pay out that sort of money, for somebody who is completely untested at the top levels of football.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Pretty good goal scoring recored

  • connor_nufc

    Apr 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Pretty good goal scoring record

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 16, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Good player but no ready made Carroll replacement. I think he’d cost too much to have a punt on him.

    Would prefer Gervinho and Sow up front and Taiwo to replace Enrique, plus Larrson and Elmander on frees.

  • tom tomb

    Apr 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    My mate Niafron should be on soon, to tell us if he is any good!

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    He looks decent but no replacement for Andy, I’d rather have Gervinho and Sow up front!

  • GeordieLad12345

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    GeordieDan- taiwo is also available for a free in the summer 🙂

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #7

    10 million £ is lot for this players if he comes for saw 3 m £ then take him other wise try lopez from lyon he is awesome has a lot of pace and has a eye for goal too lopez and gervinhio will tare the opposition s defence

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    10 million £ is lot for this players if he comes for say 3 m £ then take him other wise try lopez from lyon he is awesome has a lot of pace and has a eye for goal too lopez and gervinhio will tare the opposition s defence

  • nufcburty

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I’ve watched him before, he’s a good player, but he’s not a striker, he’s more of an attacking midfielder, signing him would keep HBA on the wing, but he could cost about £10mil, not 4.. him and Gervinioh, and rodallega in and no one out, I’d be happy, maybe a new Left back?

  • AndyRobinson

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    is it true graham carr is alan carrs dad

  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #11

    He wants out of the club and if Caen go down he will be alot less than 10m more like 4m because ben arfa i thought would be 10-15m but he wanted out so we got him for 5-6m, BenArfa better player better team so wouldnt be that dear

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Dead simple take him on loan, see how he copes with the PL and if he’s good enough pay the asking price in January.

  • niafron

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m here!

    Bonjour à tous.

    Well a pretty good player it seems, with 15 goals in 29 game this season. A very difficult winter however, but he ‘s better now.

    He ‘s technicaly good (he’s a former indoor football player) but i adgree to the fact he got everything to prove.

    His team, Caen, is only 17 th in the french championship and he have never play big european games.

    He’s 6 feet tall, but i doubt he can be worthy in the air.

    And there is always the risk of a major cultural shock for him as northern England is very different from France and North Africa.

    And finally, many teams want him, so the contest will be rough, and maybe to purchase him will be at high price.

    So, i’m not sure it’s a good idea, but why not?

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #14



    I googled it for you (Graham Carr – Alan Carr). People should really start to learn the wonders of internet for themselves.

  • GeordieGerman

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #15

    niafron, Him being a former indoor player probably explains his difficult winter.

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16


    Even better. Hadn’t realised his contract was up this summer.

    If NUFC is really serious about challenging for Europe in the next 2 season then I’d love to see you try to bag Adam Johnson this summer.

    He’s a proper NUFC supporter and he’s definitely frustrated at his limited minutes on the field at Sheik City.

    Got to be worth a try hasn’t it.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Not to replace Carrol no way more like a replacement for Routledge, he is more a Winger who cuts in Striker nothing like Andy.

    El Erabi has had a great season, he is very direct and for a team doing soo poorly he has managed to shine, not sure he is worth over £4 Million. but if we can get him for £4 Million, he would be ATLEAST very very good backup we could mold for our team. Hopefully the pull of EPL and knowing a felow TOP quality french player in Ben Arfa is here may pull him a little more.


    Taiwo has ALREADY agreed a deal with a club, and that club is AC Milan.
    So no point looking at him.

    Also hate to say this but Adam Johnson is a Sunderland fan NOT a NUFC one.
    So he wont EVER come here.

  • NufcGlen

    Apr 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #18


    Lots of people argue about who Adam Johnson supports but my past tutor used to teach him and according to her he’s a Hartlepool fan :/

  • NufcGlen

    Apr 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #19

    She also taught Harps xD

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20


    Johnson’s a NUFC fan. I’ve heard him say it himself being interviewed.

    Taiwo being a soon to be AC Milan player is also news to me. What’s our source for that?

    Tribal football or the Mirror by any chance?

  • toonruz

    Apr 16, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #21

    i heard adam say on sky when city played the scum that adan johnson is a newcastle fan , he said that after that game he scored in

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22


    Good lad, I’m pretty sure that’s the interview I saw as well.

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 16, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #23

    He isn’t demented or deformed in any way, that rules him out as a Mackem.

  • Sir Alan

    Apr 16, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #24

    This is the guy that our scouts have definitely been watching.

  • tom tomb

    Apr 16, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #25

    Niafron-top report again mate!

  • Klatoon

    Apr 16, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Niafron never disappoints in his assessment of Ligue 1 players,so while we are at it why not check out Monaco’s Park Chu Young? Very good central creative influence,something we’ve lacked for a long time. Also the principality club are struggling and he’s been the only shining light. He’s handy at Free kicks and is a hard worker almost like manure’s JS Park.I have no clue how much he would cost though. What do you guys think?

  • Thump

    Apr 16, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Supposedly the mackems are in for Sow and are “leading the race for his signature”.

    Aye right.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Apr 16, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Team for Manure game.





    Bench: Ranger, Airey, Raylor, Saylor, Krul, Ireland & HBA ?

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 16, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Mo Drysdale, agree with your Team for tuesday. maybe in the game we should try change Guthrie to Ireland or even give Airey a chance, transforming to 4-4-2. And maybe we should start Raylor instead of Fergie, but i’m quite fancy seeing him on the pitch from the start, he’ll definately do the job.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Apr 16, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #30

    And for the transfers, we MUST sign ADAM JOHNSON froM’City.
    1. He would love to play for us.
    2. Fans would ADORE him
    3. He would play very well
    4. He is the winger, we looking for
    5. HE IS TOP PLAYER and he is young
    6. City need to unload players, so we could buy him in around 9 or 10 mil, they won’t sell him for TOP 5 teams so we have a great chance. I just hope we won’t waste it

  • Vinicinhos

    Apr 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #31

    El-Arabi is doing a great season, but I think he’s poor to us.We need better players.

  • Vinicinhos

    Apr 16, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #32

    I would love if Adam Johnson come to us.

  • GeordieRob

    Apr 16, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Just for the record…

    El Arabi scored today. Also Sow scored again for Lille and Sigthorrsen scored for AZ.

    Last week Wijnaldum scored for Feyenoord who play again tomorrow.


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