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Rafa Reported To Be Keen To Recruit French U21 Striker

French newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that Newcastle United are interested in signing 20 year-old Rennes striker Adama Diakhaby.

In 29 games last season the young striker scored 5 goals and Rafa Benitez is said to be one of the managers interested in recruiting the 2 times capped French U21 International this summer.

20 year-old Rennes striker Adama Diakhaby

Last season was the first time the youngster played for the Rennes first team.

Born in France, Adama is of Senegalese descent and he can therefore play for either France or Senegal at the senior International level.

The report in L’Equipe is that Newcastle United ‘could’ make an offer for the young Rennes striker in the ‘coming days’.

So how’s that for some real certainty?

Diakhaby is left footed and is versatile in that he can play out on the wings or up front as an out-and-out striker.

Rafa is always looking for good young players to bring into Newcastle and if this player was signed by the Magpies he could well be initially part of Peter Beardsley’s Development squad.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

86 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #41

    Mr Tubbs and Penfolds strategy of how they operate at the club has now been revealed.



    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #42

    Our Toon
    Fair one I’d forgotten about him tbh the none NUFC employee whose high up at Newcastle haha

    Can’t argue with the lies either coaching staff and players I listen to rest is very much up in the air

  • Our Toon

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #43


    Ashley is at the helm not rafa, that’s where the issue is. If this was under any other owner I would be happy to sit back and see what transpires, I think ppl forget that rafa can only point out who he wants, he can’t sign the cheques or negotiate fees etc.

    As I say hopefully we have movement this week but it’s not been a good start to the window which actually opened on 9th June for premier league clubs. I wanted new players to be here in time for pre season training as it’s really important for intergrating into the team, style, surroundings etc.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #44

    Ashley’s fixer is here because Ashley either wants to sell up or bring in some extra money. It’s what this guy does from what I can gather. Bit hey! One thing Rafa has said, is that it won’t effect transfers – and that’s from the horses mouth.
    People are just searching desperately to find fault. It’s like they’re willing it to go tits up, which is bizarre imo.
    I’ll come by later to see if anything else has gone wrong! 🙂 There’s enough to be concerned about without making stuff up.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #45


    The only person to blame for the mistrust is Ashley though and his previous actions. You stated that you believe Ashley when he said he’s taking a back seat I can’t trust the bloke no matter what he says.

    What’s to be concerned about though m as you’ve been telling me we have nothing to be concerned about

  • lesh

    Jun 26, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #46

    Ron Knee

    Sue you already? I’ve got Brown on the case so soon. Expect a knock on the door – the thought police are on to you too.



    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #47

    Am sure plenty find it bizarre how happy people are to fully trust Ashley again tbf

    As I said in Jan though am not searching for fault but equally am not going to ignore the signs

  • martoon

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #48

    Bobbybee – I normally agree with you on most NUFC things but I honestly don’t think Tudor was talking to Penfold in Greggs 🙂
    I agree with others I think this could be a pivotal week on transfers – it makes sense to time arrivals for the start of July when players are back in training and presumably the rest of the staff i.e. coaches, medical staff etc. are also back at work!

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #49


    Arbitrated by the ECJ. Oh, hang on …

  • toontaff2

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #50

    RAFA Artois – a stella name?

  • toontaff2

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #51

    According to Tudor, Penfold was clearly worried about the pasty tax!

  • DicBDoonToon

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #52

    Our Toon – I agree with what your saying. But for me, I think the papers are just stirring the big wooden spoon. Newcastle has been a laughing stock of a club since Ashley took over. The media have had a field day.
    But it looks as though that may have changed, and now they are sat twiddling their thumbs, I mean, Sunderland aren’t even worth reporting about, so the papers have to fill their pages with something. And what better than conjure up lies about our beloved Toon.

    Im not worried about Rafa leaving, if the day comes when that happens, I will be extremely sad. As a fan base we deserve better than what has been served in the past 10 years, but if Rafa walks due to Ashley, he will get his comeuppance, and it wont be pretty.

  • hibbit

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #53


    from a good friend who works at benton (not on the football side of things)
    Rafa’s and all his staff and coaches are meeting at benton on friday for a working lunch

  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #54

    Make no mistake, Benitez is spinning plenty of plates as he bids to make the high calibre additions that will lift both Newcastle’s level and send a message to the players that there is work to do if they’re going to manage the serious step-up in quality that promotion brings. But that is Benitez not the Board that is trying to take Nufc forward.
    There is no evidence as yet that anything has changed within the club,But if this window can follow the one from last season then i am sure we would all be happy , Be it a better standard of player of course.

    Last summer Newcastle United made signings on the following dates:
    29 June – Matz Sels
    1 July – Dwight Gayle
    1 July – Matt Ritchie
    8 July – Jesus Gamez
    11 July – Isaac Hayden
    21 July – Grant Hanley
    2 August – Ciaran Clark
    2 August – Mohamed Diame
    23 August – DeAndre Yedlin
    27 August – Achraf Lazaar
    27 August – Daryl Murphy
    30 August – Christian Atsu

  • Thump

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #55

    @martoon: you’re right in saying that Tudor was lying about seeing Penfold in a Greggs. He would never be seen in Greggs – it was Milligans next to Percy House.

    Much more a becoming establishment for a character like Penfold.

  • toontaff2

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #56

    31 year old Enzo Perez – 9 million spondies
    Add to list!

  • Nufc-83

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #57

    People need to chill the hell out regarding transfers. Most players and managers are on holiday still and hardly any other clubs are doing big amounts of business. The signings will come, why don’t people go and enjoy their summer instead of panicking on here like little kids who cant wait for Christmas.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #58

    Just seen someone comment on twitter that lack of signings before July could be down to financial fair play for last season?
    If I’m honest I’m not worrying too much yet, got a feeling the only player we’ve missed out on properly is Tammy Abraham and that was for non financial reasons. Apparently we’ve missed out on Delph to stoke too but again, it’s because he doesn’t want to move house or his kids out of schools etc
    Think this market, especially where we are will need a couple moves to start the merry go round. A lot (well all) players will be on holiday at the moment as pre seasons don’t really start till July.
    Worth noting we do have like 36 first team players, all on first team wages that will need to go first. Riviere, Saivet etc all on north of 35k per week

  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #59

    the joke is the same fans complaining we’ve not signed players by June would complain if we signed everyone by June and didn’t sign anyone on deadline day…

  • Nufc-83

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #60

    haha Jay your probably bang on there

  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #61


    Aarrghh our famous 5-6 year contract policy coming back to bite us in the arse.
    We will definitely struggle to move these failures on, And the only way to free up first team space is by shipping these lads out on loan again.
    I think I read somewhere regarding the Belgian league, Players average around 650k a year compared to around 2-3 million a year..Hence the trouble selling players back due to massively high contracts offered in the PL

  • magspuggy

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #62

    So if its was not penfold in greggs
    That leaves a very important question.

    Who has been buying all the stotties ??

  • Jib

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #63

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM
    So if its was not penfold in greggs
    That leaves a very important question.
    Who has been buying all the stotties ??

    My guess it is one of the overweight bloggers
    Mr Tuff and Tsunki are both fatties
    It was prolly one of them

  • magspuggy

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #64

    Tudor has admitted being in the area but stated the stotties where gone when he got there.
    That could be a red herring or even a steakbake.

  • martoon

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #65

    @Thump – thanks for clarifying it was Milligans. 🙂 I have to say a fine establishment I always get a pre-match pasty there – half the price and twice as tasty as in the ones in the ground.

  • so-far-king-quick

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #66

    Rafas not daft he knows what he’s doing when we sign people it’ll be executed fast and swiftly and we will have hardly been linked with the player, people just got to chill and see what transpires hardly any other prem clubs have made many signings snd if they have its crazy money. I think we’ll see a few leave first before we start to sign, am not convinced we are going to sign another keeper i reckon krul might get at least a pre season to prove himself same for de jong, they might be like new signings…………

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #67

    Shut it Jib. I’ve prepared my cane for the new season I anticipate you’ll need some jacksie soothing cream – just waiting for a decent gaffe from you to commence punishment.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #68

    jazzyp – interesting list of last seasons imports,. Striking/glaringly obvious is that all bar Sels were bought/announced from July 1st onwards. Seeing your list set out with the dates relieves the nerves a bit -assuming we’ll act similarly to last summer.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #69

    For me the significance of not having signed players is showing more what is happening behind the scenes and the direction we are headed in terms of transfer policy far more than some panicked hissy fit over things not happening quickly.
    I’m yet to see anything concrete to show if the club is or is not going to be sold in this window.
    Rafa will want the level of quality raised all over the park, I want to see evidence of that.
    Time will tell but I imagine for most fans like me it’s like watching paint dry waiting to see that evidence.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #70

    Jib Jibberish – in the meantime I’ll leave my card.


  • magspuggy

    Jun 26, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #71

    A male wearing a toon teepee
    Last spotted limping across the hippy green like quasimodo mumbling something about our new signing peasepudding from hamsburg.

    Could this by ashleys new fixer by any chance ?

    lee ryder is top of the suspect list so far but as none of the witnesses said anything about the odour of bullshit coming from his mouth i doubt it was him

    Any ideas lads ??

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #72

    lesh – you raised the subject of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth earlier on. I think after a couple of years of Jeremy Corbyn and his entourage of Guardian Champagne Socialists in charge of the country the vessel would end up looking like this.


  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #73

    Corbyn would have the Army riding round on tut tuts shooting pea shooters if he had his way Tuffers.
    As for transfer targets, We can only hope that we have targets in place before the season even ended.
    If not then p@ss poor planning springs to mind again

  • Offkey

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #74

    Voting for any right wing party is a vote for maintaining the status quo, where the poor get poorer and rich richer, however, if there are other policies that in some way persuade an individual to vote that way, in that knowledge, so be it. I will never understand it tho

  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #75

    absolute scenes when the DUP use that Billion Theresa May just dropped them to block out the sun or build a real life ladder to heaven… or to change every calendar in Ireland from 2017 to 1690….
    Wonder with all that cash if they fancy buying Riviere?

  • beermonkey

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #76

    we argue enough about football on here
    do we really need to add politics into as well on here

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #77

    jazzy indeed – as we speak Corbyns shadow defence procurement team is viewing the below vehicle as a replacement for the British Army Land Rovers/G Wagons.
    I understand it is available in either Desert or Forest camouflage.


  • beermonkey

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #78


    they have a documentary series over there called the simpsons and they learned from mr burns how to block out the sun
    so i would put my money on that one

  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #79

    hate the cliché they might be like new signings bit but in certain players that just might be true.
    I don’t think Krul will be rafas cup o’ tea, if he wants a keeper with distribution and Darlows is sub par to him then Kruls is going to give him sleepless nights. Wouldn’t surprise me though if he had to take a look at Woodman before deciding what to do with him. Did well on loan, did well with England. Might have taken an interesting look at Pickford and thought maybe he can do a job.
    De Jong seems to think he’s staying. Was happy to stay last year but rafa told him to go to get some fitness. Think he’s probably better suited to a higher level than the rough and ready lower leagues. Good attitude, good player if fit.
    Armstrongs Newcastle career probably rests on this preseason tbh. At an age where he needs to break through, Again think he’d be more suited to the premier league as more teams attack and leave space behind.
    Saivet – think they may just look at him because hes got 4 years left, no 1 in france that can afford him wants him. Hes versatile, and solid but unspectacular. No idea what his attitude is like but he was captain at Bordeaux.
    Riviere… let him go free if someone will pay his wages surely… even half his wages. Apparently his attitude is way too nonchalant and relaxed too, very little will to win

  • jayphoto

    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #80

    @beermonkey – ha!
    Apologies wasn’t trying to debate politics, was hopeful even the worst of us can agree the DUP are cookoo


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