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Benitez Makes Enquiry About New 28 Year Old Defensive Midfield Target

The latest player Newcastle have been linked with this summer – and we’ve linked with an awful lot – is Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons.

The news is that the 28 year-old 6ft 2ins defensive midfielder, who has 8 caps for France, has fallen out with Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas.

Gonalons had a disappointing season last term, although Lyon still finished 4th in Ligue 1, behind Monaco, money bags Paris Saint-Germain and OGC Nice.

The report is in French daily L’Equipe and it seems Maxime Gonalons is now for sale this summer.

28 year-old Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons

The player is reported to be available for only  €5M (£4.3M) and there is reported interest from Rafa Benitez, but after having a poor season in Ligue 1, how would this player fare in the much tougher English Premier League?

It’s interesting that Rafa had tried to sign Gonalons at both Napoli and AC Milan when he was manager at those Italian clubs, but he was not successful.

But Rafa will definitely bring in another defensive midfielder this summer to challenge young Isaac Hayden for the starting position, with local lad Jack Colback expected to be sold this summer.

The news is that Rafa has already talked with Maxime Gonalons representatives.

This potential deal will depend on the reports Rafa has received of the player last season from his contacts and they are not likely to be very good.

So it will depend on whether Rafa thinks he can get the best out of the player who joined Lyon at the age of 10 and it’s the only club he has ever played for.

Maxime Gonalons has appeared 334 times for Lyon with 13 goals and 12 assists  – and while he’s cheap enough we wonder if he would be  good enough for Newcastle in the Premier League?

That’s the real question.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • booboo

    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #41

    and i know we brought atsu

  • JamesToon

    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #42

    Remember last summer, until the first transfer breakthrough happened, that was when the new signings started flooding in.

    Im confident that will be the case, someone met rafa in a shop in newcastle, and discussed about restaraunts, said that hes still working on abraham, but there are a few “surprises”, and has been assured the takeover talks wont impact his transfers at all

  • Jib

    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #43

    Our Toon Pardew also got us to quarter final of European cup competition
    You tell me

  • dazzler

    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #44


    So did Keegan in 96/97. Surprised you didn’t know that.

    Dalgliesh only took charge for the Monaco games which were the quarter finals.

  • JamesToon

    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #45

    Would anyone take debuchy back for competition with yedlin?


    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #46

    James toon
    Not a bad shout that if he was a free….but he has struggled with injuries and performance the last few years….doubt it will happen tho.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #47

    I see that both Rafa and Ashley are reported as wanting four players in next week.
    As Carr is mostly responsible for scouting and has a penchant for the French why not get all four in at once, they know each other and would provide a strong central defence with attacking flair.
    What’s more I haven’t seen any reports of them being linked with Everton or West Ham.

    D’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos

  • WLtoon

    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #48

    I see Huddersfield have signed Muooy for 10M. i assume he also is on holiday after a longer season than most. players. I can only guess that the players we are meant to be targeting dont have agents and have to sort their own deals out? We are kidding ourselves off course.


    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #49

    We signed Atsu last month

  • WLtoon

    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #50

    we did yeah, but we had to sign him within a certain time to get a cheap deal, and he could hardly be classed as a new signing in my opinion.
    More and more fans are getting restless, and like me , want action and not talk.


    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #51

    If Mooy is a new signing for Huddersfield how is Atsu not a new signing for us? Because we were smart enough to get a clause inserted in the contract and Huddersfield werent? Seems unfair if u ask me
    Id rather wait and sign a good player than sign a crap one just so we sign someone

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 16, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #52

    Newcastle are a big name with a first rate stadium and support, and so a great place to play football. But players sign for managers and for money. So long as we offer decent terms, because of the manager the players will come. We want to be looking at around 7th to 8th highest wage bill, and if that’s what we have, then that’s where we are most likely to finish under Benitez, given a seasons grace to stabilise.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Jun 16, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #53

    Bas Dost next signing 37 goals last season.

  • cyprus

    Jun 16, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #54


    We all love to say it, me too. The PL is the toughest in the world man.

    But, seeing that my team wasn’t in that league, I had to watch some of those ‘lesser’ leagues this year. These days I’m not too sure.

    Some of the common arguments: these tough English players (well ok, 68 of them were English) have to play so many games! Hmm: 38 games are played in most leagues.

    Yes, but all games are so tough. In the other leagues, there are many easy afternoons. In the PL, anyone can win the league. Look at Leicester! Good argument. But this is rare, a 5000 to 1 bet, tbh. Since its inception, the PL has been dominated by… 1 team (13). Chelsea trails behind (5) and people can’t remember who is the third team in this list. Even their fans can’t remember (you give up? It’s Arsenal)

    Let’s see about easy games: the winner in those leagues abroad. juve 91; Real 93; Monaco 95; Chelsea 93. Well that’s about even… Distance from fourth finisher? Italy:19; Spain:21; France:28; PL 17. At least something’s here, although the truly major leagues are close and Monaco blew everyone away this year. As Chelsea and ManU have done in the past.

    Last one: if it’s the toughest, we’ll be dominating the European cups and showing them who’s boss, right? Well, no. CL last 16: 3 Spanish teams, 2 German, 1 Italian, French and PL team.

    I love the PL with a passion. I could name many players in all teams, I’ve seen them all so many times. But, the argument that it’s the toughest can be countered, at least discussed.

    (PS. If toughest means literally that, that refs allow more tackles etc, I can’t say for sure. Also, I couldn’t tell if it’s the ‘fastest’, whatever that means. e.g. hoofball will give you fast)

  • cyprus

    Jun 16, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #55

    Last 8, not 16

  • cyprus

    Jun 16, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #56

    A clincher could be the average number of points between the top and bottom, or top 4 and bottom 4, say, in the last 5-10 years. Can’t be bothered to do that 🙂


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