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Former Juventus Defensive Midfielder Is Now Available

Former Juventus and current Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina gave an interview in Foot Mercato over the weekend insisting that he is available to leave this summer. This apparently has not sat too well with Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl as Lemina has now been left out of the squad for their preseason tour.

This is what Lemina said to the French outlet over the weekend:

“Today, I am at Southampton, I still have another 3 years of contract. But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else. The last 4 months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh. So why not leave.”

When asked if Southampton were willing to make him available this summer, Lemina responded:

“We have very good discussions with the club. We are in agreement. If I don’t feel good in this project, I can leave. Otherwise, the the club is counting on me, there is no problem. They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere.”

When asked if there were any interest from other clubs that he was aware of, Lemina said:

“We are working on it with my agents, we are not putting ourselves under any pressure. We are waiting truly for the best project, the best offer. We look at it day by day. For the moment, I am at Southampton and I am working the best I can to be the best possible form.”

There is news tonight in the Metro that both Manchester United and Arsenal have submitted enquiries into the Gabonese international.

Lemina joined Southampton from Juventus two summers ago in an £18m move. He has been very inconsistent in his time at St Marys but is a definite talent.

This past season he missed four months of the season from January to April with an abdominal injury. Upon his return, he failed to get back into the Southampton side.

For a reasonable fee of between £15-20m, Lemina could be a decent shout for Newcastle. Especially as Mo Diame has left on a free transfer and with Isaac Hayden looking to leave the club as well this summer.

95 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #1


  • IrishRob

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #2


    I believe that BZG are 100% behind the statement, the problem I have is why would they release it in such a low key way. I’ve 2 opinions on that…

    1. They can’t release it first hand because of complications with NDA’s, but maybe they can give vague assurances through 3rd party outlets such as this.

    2. They are using it as a fall back if something goes wrong they can officially deny its credibility and say they didn’t say that. But legally the radio station is covered because obviously if they were told that in the first place by BZG then they obviously wouldn’t be going to sue the radio station, however they can deny it and just leave it at that.

    This is my worry!

  • toon22

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #3

    No manager
    No plan

    It seems nobody cares

  • naptoon

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Keeping dreaming ed.
    Nee chance with tapeworm at the helm.

  • naptoon

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #5

    Neil I mean ha.

  • #Unite&fight

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Got more chance of finding Trump in bed with Kim Jon Un.

    Ashley out!!!!!!!

  • Just a fan

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Mr tuff.thank you for the map it was most helpful.
    I could send you one of Sunderland if you wish but you are probably quite familiar with the area.

  • Toon Tang

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Well I’ve skimmed over the previous 10 stories and come to the conclusion I’ve far exceeded my daily recommended bullshit intake. I will now retire to my pit and dream of better days.

    Night all.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Takeover is off. Weeee

  • DeanToon88

    Jul 9, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #10

    No signings yet. every other team has made a signing apart from NUFC, We have no manager, lost our 2 top goalscorers, promised a 100m transfer budget, got 30million for Perez takeover looks like it’s not going to happen, I’m pig sick of this $$$$

    Its an absolute joke and nobody seems to care, if things don’t change soon we will be in dire straights and there will be a mass exodus at the club, all that work Rafa put in to build a squad of players that actually tried and build a fortress at SJP is undone, by one fat ugly slug is yet again cancer on this great club and is been allowed to ruin our club time and time again, I’ve had enough of it.

  • one fine day

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #11


    Struggling to contain your delight/ contempt ?
    Seriously why bother ?


  • Online Guy

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Trying to wade through today’s posts ! Been on an hour and only half way . Good reading . Here’s my take on proceedings …

    The Mirror group and the Chron by way of ownership of said North East newspaper are constantly pouring cold water on BZG. Lies abound .

    I think sports journo’s at the chron are following the party line from those in London and Lancashire of the Mirror group news and media outlets who are shit scared that Newcastle United might, will, become a force and start upsetting the cartel that exsists in this country among the so called top six.

    After all the Mirror group are heavily populated with Journos from London and Lancashire , who do you imagine they support ? .

    Therefore … rendering the sports Journalists and the editorial at the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Judas .

    There’s nothing positive ever comes from them daily .

    The Editor needs scrutinizing as this has been going on too long .

  • Online Guy

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #13


    I’m starting to think he’s a Mackem

  • Online Guy

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Bladey, im starting to think hes Sunlun fan whos slowly morphed into a Newcaste fan

    He had no sympathy for us when he first alighted on this blog ..Hes seen what Ashley has done to us , austerity football , Rafa etc etc…and is now broken hearted at our plight and is wearing a black and white shirt under his red and white one.

    Or vice versa.

    He is so mixed up .

  • Online Guy

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #15

    Bills son is not bills son ?

  • Online Guy

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #16

    Bills son ….Tony Balooney ?

  • Online Guy

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #17

    With things balanced on a Knife edge with Ashley and BZG let’s tip Ashley over the edge.

    Here’s a message to NUST and THE MAGPIE GROUP .

    Very quickly get a few hundred posters knocked up with the words

    Please Set us free Ashley.
    You have a buyer
    You can’t take the club any further as you say
    This is more than a Football club
    You are depressing a nation.
    Your killing a religion.

    Set us free .

    Take your pick !

  • Online Guy

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #18


    Toon22 makes deliberate grammatical mistakes ..its the odd full stop , the odd comma ,the misplaced hyphen.

    To do that you have to have a good grasp of English Grammar .

    He mixes it, leading one to think it’s a team operating . Well if I’m pushed on to who I think that is a would hazard a guess it’s someone from Hartlepool area .

    Birthday falls on 7th of September . Shocked ?

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #19

    No Rafa, or any manager at all, no Rondon or Perez, no signings, a squad that currently would certainly struggle to score the goals to stay up, and the season underway in a month.

    It surely must have reached a point where the club is no longer worth the agreed price.

    A new owner, like the current one, won’t have enough time to get the bodies in to make a proper go of this year, maybe would even struggle to keep us up.

    It needed to happen a week ago. I really don’t think it’s likely at all to happen now.

  • willowdalerez

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #20

    I’ve been saying and nauseam there’s no takeover happening. That’s with no joy but the ? is right on this. It’s Bishop’s BS, it’s classic Ashley.

    Sell anyone who attracts a silly price, leave incomings (if any) to the last minute, distract us with talk of a takeover… All business as usual.

  • willowdalerez

    Jul 9, 2019 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Hate autocorrect ad nauseam and the ? Was s frog emoji

  • Online Guy

    Jul 9, 2019 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #22


    It looks like nailed on relegation this season , thing is we have a team that knows how to defend but we have lost our 2 main goal merchants.

    Imagine what it’s going to cost to replace them .

    I can only think that Ashley is leaving it to someone else and the takeover is a done deal as no owner who cares or who has half a braincell would let the main goalscorers and a world class manager leave within a short time and nearing the start of the season , would he ?

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 9, 2019 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #23


    When you put it like that, it makes for scary reading and the nightmare/ implosion for the season ahead.

    This is the most disorganised we have ever been, it’s incredible.

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 9, 2019 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Online guy

    In some ways I don’t think Ashley is bothered about relegation.

    Continue asset stripping, selling best players, get this years Prem cash and future parachute payments…when his cash cow runs out, put the club into administration.

    Or am I being too cynical!

  • willowdalerez

    Jul 9, 2019 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #25

    So I asked earlier and nobody responded but is Redfearn more capable as interim coach than Carver because Carver had a stronger squad so we really need as someone who can do a job while Charnley twiddles his fingers over whether to bring in Bronckhorst, Moyes or Keane.

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 9, 2019 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #26


    Whoever they put in charge at this stage is going to be catastrophic.

  • Genjikai

    Jul 9, 2019 at 3:03 AM

    Comment #27

    I believe ashley doesnt mind us dropping into championship for one season aswell.
    Lets him push through with his,” well relegation has really put the club back on a financial setting”
    It cost us such and such being in the champ thats why we must spend within our means.
    Bullshit bullshit bullshit.
    Thats all that comes with ashley.

  • one fine day

    Jul 9, 2019 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Looks like the Nufc hamster wheel again.
    But if Ashley thinks we would come straight back up he needs to take a long hard look (like he cares?)
    we had rafa and his team and the nucleus of the best back four i have seen at the club)
    For the sake of a fraction of whats it going to cost to put this right he could have realized that keeping rafa was best for the club and by default his business.
    We have not only lost rafa but his backroom staff too,so its not like an out of work manager is going to hit the ground running with his team in tow. they’d have to be sourced and recruited gain which takes time, something we don’t have.
    Dropping down would have the inevitable Ashley giving himself a “loan” (he owns the club but anyway)then using that once more to justify lack of spending free advertising and on we go, with the live within our means statements etc.
    While the FA stand by and do nothing .

  • one fine day

    Jul 9, 2019 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Wednesday marks ashleys 2 week deadline to know where the bid is.. so we should be hearing something from the club by C.O.B. wednesday ? to say the takeover is not going ahead etc,or its done ?
    Turning into either the biggest week in recent history or the most bleak day in memory .

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 9, 2019 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #30

    Morning gadgees and gadgeesses, so allegedly an announcement today – it must be true – twitter says so…


  • Tom1664

    Jul 9, 2019 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #31

    “Providence has given human wisdom the choice between two fates: either hope and agitation, or hopelessness and calm.”


  • NY Mag

    Jul 9, 2019 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #32

    If it’s on Twitter it must be true 😀

  • Veltman

    Jul 9, 2019 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #33

    willow, nail on the head there @20.Said it myself the other day.It’s all Bs & classic spin work.
    Like you,saying it with no joy but you can tell things through common sense.
    As for new mgr,my guess is Sanchez Flores.
    Hoped for Arteta or Rudi Garcia but doesn’t look happening as it’s Ashley we are dealing with ha ha..

  • runheed

    Jul 9, 2019 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #34

    may be philosophy can help us here…..

    “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
    Soren Kierkegaard

    “A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts.” Arthur Schopenhauer

    …..no. doesn’t look like it.

  • fog on the tyne

    Jul 9, 2019 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #35

    Good morning on this very fine day boys girls ladies and gentlemen

    Going by the twitterers, i’ve come to the conclusion the players were told yesterday. Cakemakers and hairdressers n all.

    Today is the day

    Inshallah ???

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 9, 2019 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #36

    We have just effectively chased one of the most well respected and well connected managers out of the door, for three years they have treat him with a lack of respect despite him fulfilling everything that was asked of him. They have just sold our top scorer without the faintest idea of who they are going to replace him with and refused to buy our second top scorer and player of the season for 16.5M when players with ten or less PL appearances are going for in between 20/30M, they have also managed to ensure that their despicable lack of ambition has become very public knowledge now along with the fact that they simply can’t be trusted.So please pray tell me who you think is in this procession of top managers willing to take on the job.

  • #boycott Arsenal

    Jul 9, 2019 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #37

    Whether they like it or not they’re going to have to make an announcement in the next few days. They simply can’t let this impasse continue, engineered or not. Also the alleged buyer has to come to a point where they say we haven’t got time to do anything with the squad anymore enough is enough.

  • AshLIE is a Joker

    Jul 9, 2019 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #38


    Spot on mate!

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 9, 2019 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Big announcement today?

    That’s a first, its usually a Friday or Monday never a Tuesday or a Today.


  • Toon222

    Jul 9, 2019 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #40


    Who says thers an announcement 2day?


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