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Exclusive: Impressive Young Forward Keen To Join Newcastle

A number of the transfer stories involving Newcastle over the last week or two have fallen flat on their face.

Let’s hope this one will be successful.

Newcastle are reported to be leading the race to sign highly-rated 20-year-old Lyon forward Jean-Philippe Mateta, according to an exclusive in TEAMtalk.

He spent last season on loan at Le Havre where he scored an impressive 19 goals in 37 total appearances for the Ligue 2 club.

The 6ft 4ins tall winger made his debut for Lyon back in September 2016 against Montpellier, after he was signed from Ligue 2 club Chateauroux the previous summer.

While at Chateauroux  he scored 11 goals in 21 games.

And the youngster is attracting the attention of several other Premier League clubs – such as West Ham, Leicester, and Everton.

20-year-old Lyon forward Jean-Philippe Mateta

He has played 3 times for the France U19 side and scored one goal.

Here’s a short piece from the Teamtalk exclusive:

“Mateta is understood to be keen on making the move (to Newcastle), and Newcastle are keen, but as are a number of rivals – with the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Everton also expressing an interest.”

These are the types of impressive young players Rafa wants to bring to Newcastle so they can eventually become first team players.

But Rafa will probably have Jean-Philippe in the first team squad for next season.

Let’s hope we can sign this talented player who turns 21 next week.

Comments welcome.

81 comments so far

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #41

    England my get though the group rounds but on that display but no further they where shit for 75 mins very lucky tonight.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #42

    Will FIFA take retrospective action on the VAR official – lifetime ban maybe ?

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #43

    Oh Boy, you guys are so right, that game was screaming out for Jonjo!

  • swemag

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #44

    That old Andy Cole song works on Harry Kane as well I guess.

    Harry Kane, Harry Kane, Harry Harry Kane, when he gets the ball he scores a goal, Harry Harry Kane.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #45

    Can someone please tell Ashley Young to get out of Trippier’s way when we have a set piece? Thank you

    Seriously, Tripper is lethal with a dead ball

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #46

    Swemag, nice one, although that does infer he only touched the ball twice.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #47

    Should of been in squad along with Lascalles
    Maybe not a bad thing Shelvey not picked/playing most likely would of lost his rag with the way Tunisia manhandled our players.
    Cannot see Vardy getting a game tho

  • lochinvar

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #48

    Providing that England are winning well against Panama expect Vardy to get on the pitch at least as sub

  • swemag

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #49

    @Tosun – many of the chances that fell to England, specifically Lingard and the open goal missed by Sterling I am quite confident Kane would have put away. He had a few more touches, but not many.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #50

    Horrible game but what do you expect it can’t be an exciting match in an enclosed swamp full of biting insects and a team given immense latitude by the referee to wrestle and ankle tap all night. And what happened to VAR? Did it break after their penalty award? What’s the point of it?

    Can’t blame Tunisia though tbf that’s probably how we would play against Brazil. Or Argentina. Or Belgium. Or Spain. Portugal. Germany……


  • Tsunki

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #51

    After watching Mexico play Germany this game looked like they are all wearing snow shoes and wading through six inches of porridge.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 18, 2018 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #52

    Enjoyed your run of posts tonight Belfast. I’d have gone for Quantity as well. Good choice. 🙂

  • Belfast

    Jun 18, 2018 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #53

    Sure it’s the way I tell them Tsunki. Always has been and always will be.

  • Belfast

    Jun 18, 2018 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #54

    The Panama game will be the exact same. Terrble game against a terrible team. I hope the ferk FIFA don’t get their way and expand this tournament.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 18, 2018 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #55

    Still I dunno about all this hype about this England squad I’ve seen a few World Cups now and we’ve had better squads than this. Still there’s been a few wacky results so I dare say they’ll do the usual, get into the knockout rounds and bravely lose to the eventual winners. 🙂

    Tbf it’s not like they’d win the thing anyway. Can’t see the Russians allowing an England side to do that on their turf.

    “Hey – English! How many cubes of Polonium do you want in tea?”


  • Belfast

    Jun 18, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #56

    Is Ian Toon still around Tsunki ? I could do with some mental stimulation and you’re not cutting the mustard unfortunately.

  • martoon

    Jun 18, 2018 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #57

    If Pardew was the England manager he would most certainly have blamed the midges for that 2nd half performance :mrgreen:

  • Tsunki

    Jun 18, 2018 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #58

    I’ve no idea Belfast, haven’t been tracking him for a while so I sort of lost him in the blog undergrowth. He could be anyone by now.

  • jane

    Jun 18, 2018 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #59

    “tomorrow’s predictions
    Sweden 0 South Korea 0 (there hasn’t been a goalless draw yet)
    Belgium 1 Panama 0
    Tunisia 1 England 2 (or 0-5)”

    well what da you know and Jesper was correct about Sweden.

    tomorrow’s predictions
    Columbia 0 Japan 0
    Poland 3 Senegal 2
    Russia 2 Egypt 2

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 19, 2018 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #60


    In a belated reply to your question earlier, I would say around a million at a conservative guess.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2018 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #61

    Lessons to be learned:
    Rashford ahead of Sterling all day long.
    The minute Alle goes off the boil get Loftus Cheek on.
    Do not let Young near a free kick.

  • Mindshaft

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #62

    What a result by England against one of the major contenders to win the world cup – didn’t they recently beat Spain, France, Argentina and Brazil on the same night

  • lochinvar

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #63

    Have the press or the FA actually asked FIFA for an explanation about the failure of last nights VAR official ? With all the skullduggery reported about football officials I would be very suspicious of what was happening.

  • Mag52

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #64


  • Mag52

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #65

    Time some on here got over the fact that Lascelles and Shelvey weren’t selected and got behind the team.
    Rose to start in place of young v Panama. Otherwise, let’s get another three points on the board.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #66

    Stefano Sturaro the Juventus midfielder is to be
    allowed to leave for €15M

    He has a straight choice between



    Newcastle United

    With no World Cup for Italy
    if he picks us he could soon be
    signing number two after

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #67

    “Could” being the operative word there jib.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #68

    Well last night summed up all you’ll ever need to know about VAR.
    It was introduced to ensure the right decisions are reached in crucial situations.
    To me, it’s another instrument for corruption / cheating allegations and has muddied the waters instead of clarifying things.
    It’s incredible that a panel of supposedly independent people could notation least refer the Kane assaults to be reviewed by the referee.
    Scrap it, it’s a waste of time and money.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #69

    *could not at least refer…*
    Autocorrect is also corrupt!

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2018 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #70

    The basque media is pretty confident
    Mikel is leaving the Toon.

    He’s talking to Real Sociedad with his dad


  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #71

    To be fair to Merino he is at pains to stress
    it has nowt to do with money – just game time.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #72

    It’s a shame then, but it seems Merino’s set on leaving now.
    He’s got great skill, but once a young uns head is turned that’s it. Focus on getting the best fee and putting it to good use. Like all players, he was saying all the right things about life at the Toon..until he got a bad back and spent a little time out of the side.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 19, 2018 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #73

    The problem with VAR – well one of them – is that it doesn’t look at “off the ball” incidents. Why the linesman didn’t see what was happening to Kane is unforgivable.

    If it was clear, like in the Rugby, or even the cricket, there would be less calls of corruption, sadly FIFA can’t be seen to be doing that as they want the secret society.

  • martoon

    Jun 19, 2018 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #74

    Jib @70 – I still say we should not sell. He can’t have strop just because he is not first pick at the moment. He needs to stay and fight for his place – if he doesn’t like it then he should not have signed for us last year and just stayed on loan!

  • lochinvar

    Jun 19, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #75

    FIFA are the Secret Society
    VAR is like a deflector shield for them

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #76

    The additional pressure on Mikel is coming from
    the Spanish selectors , who are telling him he
    needs more game time.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 19, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #77

    Press – you call this work ?

    Rafa – Lascalles- Torres
    Merino – Colback – Ayew
    Please fill in blanks as you see fit

    I’m going for
    Kane – Lingard – Pele

  • oldarse

    Jun 19, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #78

    Government to blame lies about scriples and russians will not forget, england pay the penalty or not.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #79

    Anyone? No, me neither 😐

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #80

    Aye, the game went flat after we should have been out of sight. The youngest squad in the tournament playing in temperatures they’re far from used to against opposition intent on a draw by any means who play in hotter climes than that all the time. We ground out the result despite having to put up with a form of rugby from every corner. Hopefully lessons will have been learned about the selection of players and that Sterling is unsuitable as an England player or just as a big stage player. Put Panama to bed and it sets up a great game against Belgium.


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