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President of French Club Questions Newcastle’s Bid For Full-Back

It appears that Newcastle are trying to capture SC Amiens right-back Emil Krafth but may not have been counting on the French club’s resolve in holding on to their new signing.

Bernard Joannin is the President of SC Amiens, who just signed the Swedish international from Bologna for €2.5M this summer. Krafth had spent last year on loan at the Ligue 1 club.

The following tweet by an Amiens fan account has a comment attributable to the Amiens president.

The statement translates to:

“If the leaders of Newcastle are ready to put in 11M € to buy N’Soki, why would not they put in 11M € for Emil Krafth?”

Well, there is no way Krafth is worth the same amount as Stanley N’Soki but Newcastle should be expecting the French club to want to hold on to their new signing. We have to wonder how much the club is bidding for the 24-year-old.

There appears to be very solid interest in the Swede from Newcastle which at least shows the club is trying to get players in. It also appears that Krafth would love to join Newcastle which you would expect to be the case.

Alan Nixon of the Sun has tweeted the following about Amiens stance on Krafth as well as the player’s willingness to join.

The slow start to the summer activities by Newcastle is going to end up burning them we fear. They made no haste in finding a replacement for Rafa Benitez when they knew he was hesitant to sign a new contract in mid-May. This indecision brought a halt to much of the club’s transfer activity and now Newcastle are trying to make up for lost time.

We are not sure of how long Krafth has been on Newcastle’s radar or if it was even a possibility to sign him before Amiens did, but to go in with derisory offers for a player who has just signed for a club seems ludicrous. It’s even more ludicrous that they have just one transfer completed with 9 days left in the window.

Well, we’ll see where this one goes from here but there does appear to be genuine interest from the club in the player and vice versa. But as is generally the case, it is the fee that is holding things up.

99 comments so far

  • #BoycottAshley

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #81


    If you’re on, share the story about the old guy from today.

    I’m sure he isn’t on social media, despite what the nay sayers say.

  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #82

    Sports Direct FC


    And the usual reason of Jabba gambling on players to re sell for big profits

  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #83


    What story ?

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #84

    The plain fact is, Ashley fcked up the Rafa business like he’s done with Debenhams, House of Fraser a now Sports Direct.
    He’s now known as the Clown in the business world, compared to Tiny Rowland who was described by PM Ted Heath as”the unacceptable face of capitalism” back in the day!

  • lochinvar

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #85

    always liked his cheese slices, good on your bait or snap whichever you call it

  • hibbit

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #86

    Our Toon
    why would he leave before the end of his contract,and leave himself wide open for a breach of contact dispute.
    if the club did know in mid may that Rafa wasn’t going to renew why didn’t the club sack him then and start the search for a new manager in may instead of leaving it till the last minute,?????

    my theory is the money it would have cost them ???????

  • #BoycottAshley

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #87

    Moonraker just sunk all the nay sayers battleships

  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #88

    How Mike Ashley’s dream died: He pledged to save the High Street but all hopes fade as Sports Direct shares tank by 20%

    The stock has lost 77% of its value since peaking at 922p five years ago
    With a value of just £1.1bn, Sports Direct is worth just a fraction of rival JD Sports
    More than £2.3bn has been wiped off Ashley’s holding in the firm


  • Our Toon

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #89


    50k chanting his name for no other reason than we had all hoped he could change the clubs philosophy and hoped by appointing him Ashley had changed his ways. That spurs game rafa had been here for a few months only

  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #90

    Rafa was in Madrid late May when he met the owner
    of Yifang – Wang Jianlin
    ( who also happens to own Atletico Madrid )
    and signed for Dalian Yifang.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #91

    Our toon@76

    Soooo, Rafa should have resigned last year, violating his contract and leaving the club in turmoil. Doing that would have won him your admiration? Yeah that would have been great.

  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #92

    Our Toon

    After all the lies for all of those years Rafa gave us hope

    Thats gone now

  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #93


    Hiya KBA

    Lets blame Rafa for Jabbas greed

    Good luck with that

  • Sports Direct FC

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #94


    MA didn’t have to sack him, they could have started the search while Rafa was still here.

  • toon22

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #95

    He described the group as ‘almost a case study in failed corporate governance’, adding: ‘Anyone who cares about proper oversight, control and governance of the chief executive shouldn’t really be an investor in this company.’ While Sports Direct’s value has been pummelled, Ashley has been on a buying spree

  • Our Toon

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #96


    The club announced that rafa would be leaving toward the end of june, rafa release a statement saying he’s surprised by the news. Surprised? Yet he says a few weeks later that he knew he was leaving in May

    Did rafa tell the club in may that he not renewing under any circumstances unless he gets what he wants? If not then why not and why the statement which contradicts what he thought in May

  • hibbit

    Jul 30, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #97


    just showing he can multi task expect a triple soon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 30, 2019 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #98

    The new 3rd kit has to be one of the worst in history it’s hideous ??

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jul 30, 2019 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #99

    Just thought I’d pop on and read some of the latest crap…

    I wasn’t disappointed…

    What an utter load of pompous twaddle this is from Robleenio…

    The gist is no poster should make any comment that in any way ruffles the feathers of the snowflake, can’t sleep at night neggers and doom mongers who dominate the blog.

    Not a word about the ton of flack and sh!t that comes flying in the face of those who dare to offer a different opinion.

    Robleenio – replying to Jib…

    Jib from way earlier I didn’t say you were trying to rub fans noses in it, I was saying that by telling fans that their sacrifice in giving up their season tickets is for nothing, you are indeed rubbing their noses in it

    I was suggesting you could show some tact towards those who are acting in hope and desperation. They know full well they could be undermined by their fellow fans, it probably keeps them awake at night. The last thing they need is someone telling them directly that their gesture is for naught.


    Poor little diddumses.


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