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Algerian International Left Back Is Available For Low Fee – Should Newcastle Join The Hunt?


Newcastle will be heavily linked with left backs this summer as it is a position in need of strengthening. Earlier this week, Stanley N’Soki’s name reemerged as a transfer target.

However, the club generally do a decent job keeping their targets well hidden.

Remy Bensebaini – Will leave Rennes this summer

A player who Newcastle have not been linked with but fits the profile of a Newcastle target is 24-year-old Rennes left back Remy Bensebaini.

Bensebaini is a versatile defender primarily deployed at left back. He can also be utilized as a central defender or even a defensive midfielder, a position he played a few games at in 2016.

The Algerian international (17 caps) has just one year remaining on his contract and was linked heavily with Everton last summer.

With only the one year remaining on his contract, he is expected to be sold this summer and has many clubs monitoring his situation.

His fee is said to be €8M which seems a bargain for this class of player.

A report in Marca says that he is being followed by some big European clubs with Real Betis, Sevilla, Hoffenheim, and Napoli all showing interest.

With teams of this stature showing interest, as well as the very strong link with Everton last summer, we wonder if this player is on Newcastle’s radar as well?


56 comments so far

  • lesh

    May 17, 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Bettysbollocks

    Sunlun’s only employer of any significance, Nissan a Japanese company that uses it’s Sunlun plant to make the cars it exports to Europe, is based in a community that votes to cut its ties with Europe? Ffs.

    Like all working class folk who supported Brexit, they’re so gullible they still want to be out of work when Nissan closes. Look at Swindon and Honda. Ffs wake up man, it’s not a joke!

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  • lesh

    May 17, 2019 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh and Bettys

    Stanley N’Soki’s Algerian…. So will he appear in Farage’s photos of queues of immigrants wanting to enter the UK to sponge benefits, take jobs and drain the NHS?

    And Brexit supporters aren’t gullible?

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  • lesh

    May 17, 2019 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Apologies for my Brexit rants on an NUFC blog. The whole thing makes me angry. Sorry all.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I thought nightshift means anything goes pretty much. Seen some very odd conversations for a Newcastle United blog when pretty much nobody is about, music seems to be popular. Just add a hashtag and you’re alright. Observe.

    #NUFC

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Ronaldo,

    What do you mean – anything goes on the night shift…..I’m very protective about my shift 😀

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  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Speaking of odd conversations on the night shift: I once mentioned something about black holes. And I was referring to the astrophysical type of black holes, not the city south of Newcastle where makems reside! 😉

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Chico, you’re back!!

    A very welcome intervention….

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  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #8

    NY,
    Back, but heavily jet lagged lagged. Getting myself emotionally prepared for the resolution of the Rafa contract saga and then the zany nature of the open transfer window and being linked along with Everton and West Ham with every player known to mankind!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Ny
    I don’t think you’re doing a good enough job keeping you’re watch in check. You need some help, can I suggest hiring toon22 to stamp out the non-nufc contributors?
    🙂

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Black holes? You’ve seen Mike Ashley’s wallet too then I guess.

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Ronaldo,

    I think toon22 does a pretty good job of stamping out any contributions…..although I do admire his persistence 🙂

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  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Ronaldo,
    Yep that was exactly the gag line I used to tie it back to Newcastle! No #NUFC required!

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #13

    Chico,

    It’s gonna be a roller coaster of a summer for sure – hang on to your hat….. 😀

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  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #14

    NY,
    Has anyone mentioned Bas Dost yet as being “strongly linked to” Newcastle? If not then let me be the first!

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 17, 2019 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #15

    Obviously the recent trade deal between the EU and Japan which came into force earlier this year has absolutely no influence on where Japanese companies build their cars. Even though automobile tarifs imposed on vehicles imported from Japan will be totally eliminated in seven years.

    Read it ya sells.
    http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1976

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Chico,

    You are the first to mention it……but probably not the last
    I’m waiting eagerly for the Andy Carroll rumours 😀

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 17, 2019 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #17

    and thats an EU press release.

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  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #18

    NY
    There you go! We are truly getting into the spirit of the closed season! Bas Dost and big AC both! I hear both deals are “imminent”!!!

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #19

    Mr T,

    I read through your link, but can’t make head nor tail of it – you’ll have have to explain in simple English (sorry, I’m not good with these things)

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #20

    Chico,

    Joking aside….do you think that Rafa will sign up?
    (I’ve always thought he would)

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  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Yeah, I think he will sign, as he has a soft spot for the club and the fans!

    But I still think Ashley will stiff him when it comes to transfer funds! Once a liar, always a liar!

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Yeah – I agree…he desperately wants to stay….
    Just hope he is given the assurances that he is seeking

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  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #23

    NY,
    Have you posted any of your analysis of the books for the 2017/18 season while I was on vacation? Hope I didn’t miss it…

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #24

    No, not really…..I get the distinct feeling that a lot of fans don’t believe or want to here it

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  • chicousa

    May 17, 2019 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #25

    What??? Your analysis and summary is about the only one I DO want to hear or trust! Come on man don’t leave us hangin’!

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #26

    I’ve studied the ‘books’ of course…..what is it you want to know?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Chico
    Swiss ramble went through the latest accounts and released a big thread on it. If you’ve got time to kill, give it a going over.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1120584545491927041

    This one by Swiss ramble is good for comparison to spurs when Ashley took over in 2007 until 2017.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1033979680444039170

    One of the tweets in the spurs comparison mentions the capital expenditure on infrastructure (ground and training facilities). This one tweet shows a comparison of Newcastle with many championship clubs in same period.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1082201099417853953

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Please note, I’m not Swiss ramble and do not take payments to advertise or promote them.
    #NoPR

    😀

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    May 17, 2019 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Here’s a very direct one for you NY. Do you think Newcastle is proper money in money out as Charnley and Ashley claim?

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #30

    Ronaldo,

    Are you sure you’re not a Swiss ramble ‘shill’??? (I’m joking of course)

    You do realize that Swiss ramble relies on popularity – which means that their ‘slant’ on the accounts is exactly what people want to here…..don’t get me wrong, there analysis is very good, but it’s biased – when I want to look at at figures, I want to see them verbatim – with no bias whatsoever.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #31

    Ny
    I guess you can argue all analysis, research, critiques are bias to an extent. I do look at Swiss ramble and their other club and football posts and do find them to be quite neutral for the most part. They make it easily read and easy to digest for general people who don’t work in finance, business or deal with accounts other than their bank accounts.

    You can look straight at the raw information on published accounts but most people are not aware of exactly what they mean or how they compare to others. I’m certainly not and only really started to learn about it past couple seasons.

    Chris Holt and Kieran McGuire (price of football) guy can certainly be bias but who else do you got to for information like this? Certainly not Lee Charnley. I do think Swiss ramble are good and would recommend as the best people to go to for sports finance that I know of. I’d be interested to hear if there’s anyone better.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 17, 2019 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #32

    Hiya KBA. Just joking NY.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 17, 2019 at 3:19 AM

    Comment #33

    I’m not Swiss ramble pr guys I swear…. guys?

    😉

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 17, 2019 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #34

    Nicky,
    I’ve just looked at the figures. People tend to think only in terms of transfers in and out, but when you factor in other things such as the pizzas you’ll find the balance comes to a perfect 0. Don’t forget about the pizzas guys. 40 pizzas don’t come cheap. And then there’s Ashley’s match day pints to pay for. They don’t pay for themselves!

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 17, 2019 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Mr Tuff,
    Once again, did you understand the political link you posted? It quite clearly says the EU & Japan have agreed to make trade easier between themselves saving $1bn for companies trading between the EU & Japan. We will NOT be in the EU, so we will NOT be benefitting from this as we are in direct competition with the EU more than ever. It is countries in the EU will be benefitting. We will still have tariffs. We will lose out. If we don’t have tariffs with Japan then I apologise, but it’s not mentioned in this article so you need to post a better one. I eagerly await some tabloid catchphrase reply ie the well worn ‘loony left’ or ‘project fear’ haha. That was a good one. What happened to that one? It’s unfortunate that the economy isn’t run on catchphrases and slogans because then leaving the EU would be a great idea.

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Nicky,

    That’s a very good question….

    If the books are correct (and I know many people doubt that)….then we are on the level with respect to ‘spending every penny’

    The problem (maybe that’s the wrong word) comes with respect to how every other club does its transfer business – is that we will not overpay for transfer fees. Clubs such as west ham and Everton (just examples, there are many more) are happy to overpay for players over extended terms – we won’t / don’t – is that right or wrong? I don’t know….

    We don’t (according to the accounts) pay for players upfront all the time…..if you look at the accounts from before Ashley’s time to now (something which none of the recognized analysis people do, cause it doesn’t suit their popularity agenda) then you’ll see that towards the end of Shepard’s era and going into Ashley’s era the amount owed far
    outweighs what is coming in. It took several years to get that under control.

    Having said that Ashley is simply not prepared to ‘risk’ paying now for potential,future success – a lot of people say he is a gambler, the opposite is true – he’s like many CEO’s , risk averse – give me the steady return without any risk .

    Ashley runs NUFC like he does all his other businesses, but football is unique – and other football clubs are not run like normal businesses ….I only hope that Rafa can convince him to trust him and change the business model to compete with those around us.

    Sorry for the mega rant and the delay in responding …..I had a few conference calls to attend and couldn’t concentrate (don’t you just hate when work gets in the way of the blog)

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  • NY Mag

    May 17, 2019 at 4:34 AM

    Comment #37

    Ronaldo,

    You’re right of course…..it’s not any analysis that is flawed but the commentary that goes along with it.
    I wouldn’t argue that Swiss ramble or any other is incorrect (far from it) and I agree, don’t take Charnley’s comments as gospel

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  • cyprus

    May 17, 2019 at 5:05 AM

    Comment #38

    I disagree that LB is a position in need of strengthening.

    Ritchie has locked that position and I find it hard to think of a better replacement. And, Dummett is also excellent there.

    Rather than start in back, as we’ve done lately, concentrate on our real needs. The two wings, CF, creative MF.

    Our budget probably isn’t enough to cover all those positions of urgency. It would be nice to have competition for Dubravka but it ain’t urgent. Our defense is better now than I recall and I include the entertainers.

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 17, 2019 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Night shift = Chico time!!!

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  • Lindisfarne

    May 17, 2019 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #40

    NY Mag

    This may very well be a stupid question but has puzzled me. As the accounts are a yearly snap shot of the clubs finial position, do they include an on going balance?

    Besides the overall profit and loss, the way different revenues are presented are confusing, ie. inward transfers and the mid-season need for capital.

    I like the way Swiss Ramble presents the information yearly for easy comparison, but find it over facing and often poses more questions rather than providing answers.

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