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Another Player About To Leave Newcastle This Summer – Undergoing Medical

Massadio Haidara never quite made it at Newcastle since he was signed for £2M from Nancy four years ago last January when Newcastle signed five Frenchmen in a bid to avoid relegation.

In that particular season, it worked well, and we did avoid relegation.

L’Equipe have reported that Haidara is now undergoing a medical before his transfer to St. Etienne from the Magpies.

For Sadio to be going through the medical right now, then a transfer fee must have been agreed with Newcastle and terms must be acceptable to the 24-year-old left full-back.

Massadio Haidara – having medical at St. Etienne

Haidraa has been troubled with several serious injuries since he’s been on Tyneside and he’s appeared only 52 times for the first team in that time.

And last season he made only 3 appearances for Newcastle including two starts during our promotion season.

LeEquipe are reporting the deal would be on a free transfer but that we would have a sell-on clause in case St Etienne sell him in the future for a profit.

Usually, we would ask for about 25% of that profit – but the news is that it will be a sizable 50%.

It’s important for Newcastle to sell players who no longer have a future at the club this summer and Massadio is one of those.

Comments welcome.

151 comments so far

  • Kacper Tylenda

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #1

    copy+paste from last article comment section:

    Lads! Few minor updates on the blog:
    – fixed comment likes
    – fixed load more button on home page
    – opened comments on older posts so you can read them without troubles

    I am preparing big update before new season kicks off – changed heart icon to something better (any ideas?), faster loading times on mobiles and…..no comment pagination!

    Would you like me to add anything for you? Can you please report bugs to Ed or via contact form on my portfolio website (www.tylendaweb.com). I don’t have enough time to control everything

    Fantasy football teams ready? What are your predictions for upcoming season? Can we fight for top10 this season or is it too early for that?


  • Nufc-83

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Horrific first touch which is why he was involved in lots of tasty challenges leading to injuries. Need a high quality lb with dummet good enough for back up.

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Kieran Tierney would be my choice to fill the LB position.
    $15 million is probably too much to ask at this stage, but a solid investment. It seems Rafa is keen on getting the defenive side of things sorted as a priority, so you never know.

  • toon kk

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s no time for getting sentimental about cirtain players, Over the next few years if Rafa is still here most of our current players will be history, sold on for a better replacement. Many Newcastle fans get attached to players simply not good enough ” not many other premier league clubs would consider most of our players.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Shame it didn’t work out for Haidara at Newcastle. He looked a good prospect.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I dont think rafa will look to replace dummet this summer he is strong defensively and rarely injured ok he is not to good going forward but i think rafa would rather be be solid at the back
    Get the right type of player infront of dummet and it wont make much difference
    Look at mayrez and simpson at Leicester
    It is also easy to form a back 3 in the middle of games with dummet in there letting yedlin move further up

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #7


    Great work with the blog.
    Suggestion regarding the ‘heart’ icon, replace with ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’, perhaps…

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Beer monkey

    I agree. We need to improve our combinations on both flanks, which would enable us to create more chances and defend better.
    For too long we have had inadequate partnerships down either side.

  • magspuggy

    Jul 30, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #9

    After watching yesterdays game i would like us to bid for de blasis

    Cracking little player who could do a job for us if we could get him.

    I thought sdj arrons and lejunes had a good game and have high hopes for them.

    Sdj looks good and arrons seems to take his knocks and bounces back well.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Nice work Kacper. Gonna stick with my original full bottle of brown Ale for agree, upside down empty bottle for disagree. The shape lends it to the job required imo and broon dog is an iconic feature of Newcastle. You know it makes sense. 🙂

  • nightfa11

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d change heart icon into magnifying glass 🙂

    to remind people that comment is worth reading – everything is in details. 🙂

    no need for dislikes – there’s a point in every message.

  • YoungMag :P

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #12

    Change the hearts to the rainbow flag. 🙂

    Lol just kidding… Obviously.

    Magnifying glass idea is very clever… Well played.

    I’d feel bad for jib though.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Aarons and De Jong are literally like new signings, no matter how corny that sounds. We can go from defence to attack in no time at all now, with JonJo, Merino De Jong – also Lejeune to an extent – all capable of player killer passes behind defences for the the likes of Gayle, Atsu, Aaron’s and Murphy to get amongst them. A couple more shrewd quality signings and we’ll surprise a few clubs this season.
    I have no fear of relegation, although that has to be first target in reality, so a cup run might well be plausible.
    Then from next summer, we push on once we have some money to spend. Definitely exciting times heading our way.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Bobby, as Toonkk said, not sure how major our players we’d be very attractive to other teams? Teams like Stoke and West brom’s managers get abuse on here but they get their teams to mid table each year and are ahead of us, no doubt in my mind.

  • YoungMag :P

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Just wondering if anyone has noticed a theme with Rafa’ signings.. I don’t know myself but what does it look like he’s building here?


    Do these have anything in common other then youth? (apart from Atsu and Lejeune)

  • magspuggy

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Bobby if we can add a keeper who can play the ball and start the counter attacks i think they will do well.

    With a goalscorer and a new cdm we will be set.

    I rate our goalies atm but they dont have the passing range needed to feed the wings the way we seem to be setting the team up to play.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Shot bru

    For so many years we have been an unbalanced team for various reasons our buying policy and unfit managers
    As soon as rafa came in you could see changes on that side of things
    And last season was a vast improvement but were still not there

    Be interesting to see merino in the middle isnt merino left footed

  • YoungMag :P

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #18

    What about Woodman? He looked good when he came on. Could be a Pickford situation. Good with his passing.

  • magspuggy

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Young mag

    I hope he stays and does not go on loan
    We could test his mettle in the cup games
    I want him to be our number 1 keeper within a year or 2.

  • nightfa11

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #20

    I’d keep Woodman if we manage to sign a keeper like Reina – a world class mentor. If not, a loan move where he would play every week might be best option for him and us.

  • magspuggy

    Jul 30, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #21

    Nufc @ 13/2 fav to sign townsend.

    There hasnt been a mention of him coming back for a while

    Do skybet know something we dont ??

  • Fostino

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Players to be removed:
    Saviet good lazaar haidira mitro rivI darlow krul

    Players needed
    A st. A cm, a lb,,a goalie

    Can it be done. Would be a terridiv window if it can

    Haidira and rivi look like theyre out tbe gap

  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #23

    YoungMag 😛

    Is there a prize for guessing what Merino…Murphy…Atsu…Lejeune…Manquillo have in common?

    Oh, and when’s the cut-off date for entries?

  • Fostino

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #24


    Hmmm..is it that They are all cheap as chips in today’s market

  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #25


    If we’ve got to exclude Atsu and Lejeune from your puzzle list, that makes it a real toughie. Can we have a week to think about it?

  • toon kk

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #26

    On players to be removed, Diame and Colback would be on the top of my removal list. Diame never impressed and getting rid of colback would save us probably 10 points over the course of the season by not having his fouls in dangerous areas costing us.

  • magspuggy

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Carefull now you will end up getting called a gingerist like me 🙂

    I hope jack can change his game and come good but would only miss him because hes a geordie

    Still aint forgot him buzzing off scoring past us at sjp.

  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    As things stand, squad wise I would say we have a weaker team now than the one we went down with.
    I remember the rose tinted specs were on when we signed Diame and people said he was better than Sissoko and just as quick? well we must have signed the wrong Diame no way is he prem class. Without Shelvey on his game we are poor. Rafa is no doubt the man that can make us a great team again but fcuk has he got one hell of a hard job on his hands.

    Mitro,Colback,Diame should be no where near the starting 11, Mitro is young yes but Rafa obviously doesn’t rate him and doesn’t see enough to keep him here hopefully he is sold.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #29

    It’s not so much colbacks fouls in dodgy areas as his stifling lack of vision in vital areas where winning a ball should lead to bursting forward incisively instead of a string of negative passes back to a besieged goalie.

  • Fostino

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Toon kk

    Would happily see both replaced with a good cm. They are going to frustrate the life out of us this season but can’t see them going

  • Tsunki

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Mitro may be young but an awful lot of younger players have been deemed to be not up to standard. I think his highly unremarkable championship season should be the absolute finale of his NUFC career. Perhaps if we were a bit more clinical with our first team hopefuls we wouldn’t wind up carrying sub standard players on sympathy far beyond practicality. Ok I mention colback again but dear me – he was surplus to s*nderlands requirements. Think about that and let it soak in for a few seconds.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #32

    I’ve done my best not to be a naysayer ha ha but I’ve yet to be wowed by this windows activity. Still time i suppose.

  • YoungMag :P

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Lol Lesh.

    Im just intrigued to know what Rafa’ plan is.

  • toon kk

    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #34

    If we’re going to keep Mitrovic send him out on loan, give him plenty of experience and hopefully he’ll come back and turned into the world class player alot seem to think he’s going to be. You never know he could be?

  • magspuggy

    Jul 30, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #35


    i can still vote more than once on the hearts thingy all i have to do is refresh and i can vote again.

    It makes the hearts useless if i can vote for my own post as many times as i want..


  • hibbit

    Jul 30, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #36



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  • Jack Root

    Jul 30, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #37

    So the current squad/ team is not as good as the team that was relegated?
    The greatest change last season was arresting the slide and coming back at the first attempt. I remember someone coming on here at this time last year and saying that the squad was too good and the finances and crowd support superior to anything else in the Championship. But it still had to be done. After waiting a while to win a game there was a good deal of pessimism expressed just like now. The same people are taking a negative view already for heavens sake. Pre season should be a time for optimism as managers spending the big bucks doesn’t always guarantee success. I personally can’t wait to be watching us in the big time again at SJP.
    Anyway the big difference this time in the premiership is the value of having Benitez who has seen it all before and has generated genuine team spirit and employed a system, formation 4-2-3-1 to do well enough particularly away from home to win the Championship. The same tactics to apply with more control and possession at home?
    It will I believe be more difficult to perform as well away from home. But the acquisition of a proven goalscorer could make a significant difference.

    What the sceptics are underestimating is that the squad will not largely consist of those players who took us down. Also assuming player sales and a few major additions before the window closes but no major capital outlay to impact on self sufficiency. However the major difference is the overall team spirit with Benitez having a squad who want to play for the team.

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 30, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #38

    You know the ‘..you’ve already said that..’ message that comes up when you have submitted a comment twice by accident?
    How about building this in for repetitive statements?
    eg. ‘ Colback gives silly free kicks away in dangerous areas..’ etc Which is repeated ad nauseam on here , and probably will continue to be after he has finally left the club.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 30, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Evening lads and lasses owt knew happening today hibbit ?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 30, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Can we have a BS button Kacper and a WUM alert! What about a dickhead of the day award too!


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