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Reports Newcastle To Unload Eight Frenchmen This Summer

There was news in France yesterday that Alan Pardew will let 25 year-old center-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leave the club this summer, after he’s been less than impressive in the almost eighteen months he’s been at Newcastle.

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Massadio Haidara – for sale this summer?

But the reports in France are that Newcastle will effectively be unloading other senior French players, and that they will include Sylvain Marveaux, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan, and even Massadio Haidara, as well as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

The one that surprises us a little bit there is 21 year-old Massadio Haidara, and he’s looked decent enough when he’s been in the Newcastle first team, and maybe he deserves another season to prove himself at the club.

If the news is true that means that two of the five Frenchmen we brought in eighteen months ago, to help save us from relegation, will leave in the summer – assuming other clubs come in for them.

And it’s almost certain that Newcastle will also offload 24 year-old Frenchman Romain Amalfitano, who could well sign permanently for French second division side Dijon, where he’s been on loan this season.

That’s six Frenchmen leaving, and if you add in Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye, it means that eight French players could be leaving the club this year, before September rolls around.

Of those eight we would have liked to have seen Loic Remy, Ben Arfa and Massadio Haidara stay at the club, but that’s not going to happen.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

70 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    May 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Haidars ia better than Dummett, caused problems down the left vs liverpool…csnt see why we would buy a young left back and sell him 18 months later after decdnt performances

  • TorqToon

    May 24, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Where did pardew say he was getting rid of Yanga???

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Would anyone take Sidwell on a free? Just released by Fulham (surprisingly tbh) by a good solid squad player?

    On the previous article
    When looking for a good CF, we really need to move away from France imho

  • BuckLuck

    May 24, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    I had high hopes for Haidara. I even saw him as a starter in the future. Maybe something happened behind the scenes with some of the french guys. Mbiwa, Haidara, Ben Arfa(we allready know he’s been hard to manage this season) and others hasn’t been trusted by Pardew. That’s pretty clear.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    There’s no way the club will shift MYM on, I’m surprised Pardew wasn’t told to play him more to boost his investment!

    This story has only come about since Colo has said he is staying, personally think Colo is a poor captain, not vocal enough and falls apart under pressure
    MYM is still young and yes he was inconsistent but probably because he kept getting dropped when ever colo was fit again and played in 2-3 different positions which was ridiculous

    Having said that and as desperate as we are for a CF/CAM surely our defence needs a massive over haul?
    Two seasons in a row we have continually shipped goals far too easily and regularly so to start another season with Colo Wilo and and Santon making up 3/4 of the back line will be disastrous

  • stretchintoon

    May 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    yanga’s been less than impressive….then play him in his right position pardew you dimlo!

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    May 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    What’s the betting we go in for De Jong simply because we can’t get in anyone else?
    I don’t understand the Haidara situation at all, twice the quality of Dummett and always looked promising when played. For me he should start. I don’t rate Dummett in the slightest, he’s rash, has no composure, hoofs it up with his left constantly and has little to no attacking threat.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Haidara – like what I saw needs to be kept another year could progress into a very good player given the chance.
    Mbiwa – would keep him needs to put on a bit of weight strength to easily bullied but good on the ball and can pass.

    Benny – don’t know bit of a enigma don’t know what you are going to get can be brilliant – can be a waste of space – who knows????

    Rest on list get rid

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    tads…Sidwell is 31 years old and would be looking for one last big contract!

    …will his motivation be in the right place? I think we will need someone else (just an opinion)

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Ed, we have released 9 (7 of our own players) on a free; we will not be offloading any other players unless someone comes in for them.

    …we cannot and have not replaced some many players before!

  • spitfire_

    May 24, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    To keep Saylor and unload MYM will be one of the most ridiculous decisions ever.

  • croftus5678

    May 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #12

    think this story is absolute garbage tbh ! i keep my eye on all news surrounding our club and apparently this was rumour started in france.

    i agree in priciple that marv/ober/amal should be moved on as quick as poss and even arfa as he seems to be upsetting the first team but mbiwa/hairdryer are very usefull to us atm unless we get a replacement for mbiwa i would see it as a very bad move ! and like has said before hairdryer is on par with santon and dummett so why get little money when you can get a lot more from santon ?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    …but then again it probably wouldn’t make a difference 😉

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Agree he’s getting on in age but don’t think anyone could really say Sidwell has ever been a pay cheque player?

  • tynesidetommo

    May 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Madness. Haidara is a top player in the making and should not be shown the exit door

  • Rotonda heights

    May 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle Paying Cash Up Front Will Help Recruitment

    Not when the manager is Pardew. Surely it would be easier to get rid of him than ship out half a squad!

  • theartfuldodger

    May 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    These rumour mongers should start listing players who will stay at the club…after all their unloading surely that will be the shortest list…

  • Toon1978

    May 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    There is nothing concrete to say MYM or Hiadara are on their way out. Total speculation. Both are potential French Internationals, one already sniffing around the French team as it is in MYM. It just does not make sense at all. Strikers and wingers and a creative midfielder is a must and hopefully one or two defenders.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Sidwell went to Chelsea to sit on the bench for the pay cheque. He knew he was going to be sitting on the bench as he was a like for like for Parker. Decent player but it would be a no for me. Would prefer a younger player such as Delph to compete for centre midfield.

    I guess Fulham will have let him go due to his wages being on the high side for the Championship.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #20

    tads…personally I would want someone younger and with something to prove!

    …I seems players such as Sidwell (age-wise) would be looking for that one last big pay! There is no motivation in that really.

    Plus shouldn’t we have money to burn this time around? 😉

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21

    On the lists of players leaving, it is getting a bit ridiculous now. Just as at most clubs in Europe all the players would be available if the right offer comes in.

    The fact is that so far there is a lot of talk of us wanting to offload players, but very little of clubs actually wanting to buy most of them. Therefore they will stay.

    Seriously, who is going to pay NUFC and match Obertan’s salary here? Same could be said for Marveaux.

  • pottsclock

    May 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Haidara is quality and will only improve with more games. Would be massively surprised if this is true.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #23

    HSV needs money do what about Milan Badelj?

    Grégory Sertic from Bordeaux would be affordable as well!

  • Phil K

    May 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Remember – Carr didn’t rate Obertan. He was Pardews idea. And shows why Paardew should be booted out

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 24, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Phil K,
    Pardew also wanted Lallana when he was valued at £5million. The club went for Anita on Carr’s recommendation instead.

  • beermonkey

    May 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #26

    paper talk paper talk paper talk

    that’s all it is every1 knows were having a a mini clear out
    I have no problem with goofy but I see he didn’t make the leaving list if he was a real winger he would be first on the list tbh 3 assists for a winger not good

    I can see debuchy being sold had a good season some good teams will look at him.

    the only Frenchmen were looking to get rid off benny marv almifitno obatan

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Lilongwe…I hardly think SOTON would have sold Lallana for £5M back when we were interested. It’s not like they need the money 😉

  • Greebol1892

    May 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #28

    What!?! Cabaye is leaving in the summer? And Remy too….?

    Dear me, Ed. Surely you can do better than serve up this crap.

  • geordie157

    May 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Marveaux and Obertan will leave, although i’ll be amazed if we get an offer for the latter.

    Haidara needs to stay, I think Abeid and Sammy can push on next season.

  • geordie157

    May 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #30


    Is Badejl good? He’s good on my FM game at the moment, but have to admit I’ve never seen him play.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Maybe, maybe not. The point is that just cause he signed Obertan doesn’t mean he can’t sign good players. That isn’t what makes him a bad manager. It is the fact that he is clueless tactically, and can’t get the best out of players that makes him a useless manager.

    Like with Ashley, I don’t get the need to invent and fabricate stuff to knock him or Pardew. There are plenty of genuine things that you can stick to without that.

  • beermonkey

    May 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #32

    Lilongwe Geordie

    there are plenty of other things that make him a bad manager I cant think of any players off the top of my head that he has bought and they have gone on to bigger and better things, but is that down to the clubs he has managed and there scouting teams

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Know a lot of Sidwells mate and play footy with a couple of them, he genuinely thought he could make it at Chelsea 100%
    When it was clear he wasn’t going to get a chance he was out the door mate
    Not saying he’s a great player and yeah we need some young players in like Delph too but where’s the experience in the squad atm?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #34

    geordie157…he has done very well at HSV!

    tads made a point about him before Cabaye left 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    May 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #35

    Lilongwe….well of course not 😉

  • toonarmydownsouth

    May 24, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36

    I think I’ve cursed him HSV had a woeful season and he and Van Der Vaart have had a bit of criticism this season
    Still he’s only 25 and has been solid for seasons would be a great addition……..if we scouted anywhere else but France that is

  • Transfer Sage

    May 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #37


    Very true on Llalana.

    Pardew may not be the best at managing but like all of us here can pick a decent player to come in, just the owner doesn’t back him.

    As from what I’ve seen if Carr he is a good scout, but also not doing great at finding some players. It’s all well and good recommending good players like cabella and grenier but whys he not scouting more players within our budget also.

    I can tell you plenty of good players if I don’t need to operate in a budget, I think too much is made of Carr. No doubt a good scout and picking out talent and potential, but arsenals scouts have done much better for much longer.

    Not wanting to knock the guy as it’s difficult to do your job when the club doesn’t sign anyone at all for a year.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Fair enough if he thought he could make it, it makes him a bit deluded instead of a money grabber. 🙂

    In terms of experience, what classes as experience? Can only old players be experienced? Tiote has a few seasons under his belt here, as does Colo. I’d say they offer that bit of experience. I wouldn’t mind a 27/28 year old proven Prem player, but one who could push Tiote or Sissoko for a central berth. Sidwell isn’t good enough for that, so I’d prefer young talent to come in to grow into the first team.

    Just my personal preference mind, I do get why you put Sidwell forward though.

  • jimmysmith

    May 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    And where was that reported Ed? In the Beano!

  • sportsdirect

    May 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #40

    rubbish press rumour.
    yes there will be some of the france players leave such as obertan, marv and amilifatano and remy (he was never ours to keep).
    however, debuchy sissoko gouffran yanga and haidarra will all be here for start of season.
    ben arfa should stay. if only our manager had the same mindset as blanc when he was tapping up hazard via press. he said a player who can drift pass 3-4 opposition and create are special and its great not knowing what they will do next when allowed to play. no comment at all about putting the shackles on and tracking back.
    if a few english are wanted i would consider curtis davies and richards to bolster defence. ince and aaron hunt in the midfield plus de jong and gomis in attack.
    plenty quality is out there. club does not need to spend vast sums.
    i would also take the proposed ac milan swap deal and cash for santon.


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