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French Club President Talks About Interest In Newcastle Target


Earlier this week, there was a report in L’Equipe that Newcastle were scouting Le Mans winger Stephane Diarra.

Diarra is a 20-year-old of dual Ivorian and French citizenship who just joined the Ligue 2 club this summer on a permanent deal for £440k. He spent the previous season on loan at Le Mans during their promotion campaign from the Championnat National, the third tier of French football.

The report in L’Equipe also states that both Leicester City and Celtic have been watching the youngster.

Sport Witness have published some comments from the club’s president, Thierry Gomez, about the interest in his star winger:

“For now, we haven’t received any offer. Stephane also knows where he comes from. If anything were to happen, it would be with our support.

“The subject isn’t relevant now. We’re entering a month that can bring up a lot of hope but also a lot of danger, so let’s stay focused on the next games, including the one against Caen on Friday night.”

We don’t think Newcastle will make a move on Diarra, who will turn 21 next month, during the winter window. He is more likely a player that they are watching and keeping tabs on.

While Le Mans bought Diarra for a small fee, Sport Witness reports that it could take as much as £8.6m to pry the youngster from the French club.

For that amount of money, we would suspect that Newcastle would like to take a long look at him and possibly hope to see him play in Ligue 1 before making a move for him.


79 comments so far

  • Australian Pie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #1

    This is a non starter for sure, hope Brucey finds us a few January gems

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  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #2

    It goes without saying there’ll be no move for Diarra this window.

    Charnley and Bishop’ll sit on their thumbs, wait for him to have a good second half to the season, watch his value rise then claim there was no interest – aka too expensive!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 21, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Having used Benitez to consolidate us an EPL club, we have now returned to the status quo under Ashley.

    It remains to be seen whether over time we will be slightly above, which will be just enough to be top ten or thereabouts over the next few years, or slightly below, which will inevitably relegate us again eventually.

    Mid table sides don’t often win away, so when Lawro predicts a 2 nil home win for Villa he’s hardly sticking his neck out.

    You’d take a draw, accept a loss, and be thrilled to come away with all 3 points.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s vitally important to strengthen each window, even if it is just one player in and one out.

    No more of this going one or more windows without a signing simply because a deal just wasn’t quite as good as we wanted.

    Mid table sides can’t afford to stand still at all.

    This has been Ashley’s biggest mistake, along with failing to hold onto his better managers.

    Bruce can do ok for us, top ten or thereabouts, but he must be consistently backed.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #5

    “Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #2
    Rob leenio, let me be more accurate. There is a cluster of utter numpties, maybe 10, on this blog , but the majority of guys on the blog are grand, in my opinion. Otherwise I wouldnt waste my time with it. You are in the majority camp and apologies if u were offended.”

    Oh so not a small contingent of three sensible quality posters and he rest being “just noise” then? Do you make beeping sounds when you reverse Munster?

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry jib was I not babbling on about Spurs for you?

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #8

    “Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #37
    Krill (zooplankton) have recently been found to have the
    ability to digest small pieces of plastic.
    They could turn out to be the saviours of the oceans”

    The usual “footy” talk from the guy who put the “plank” in plankton.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Joely’s hair makes him appear as if he is falling through an empty elevator shaft.

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Geordies say lift not elevator

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib,

    It’s the nightshift, footy talk is not a requirement……it is appreciated – but not required 😀

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Oh OK

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Lift shaft lacks the poetry of elevator shaft and don’t blame me either. I stole the phrase from Norman Mailer, who used it to describe Don King in “When We Were Kings”, the documentary film about the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. 🙂

    3
  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #14

    Watching Sky Sports
    Folk seem to be coming across to the idea of Mourinho at Spurs

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Jib,

    When you say folk, you mean spurs fans? Or are you talking about the pundits?

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Sheesh it’s 56 years today since JFK was shot
    It was a Friday then as well

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Pundits

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Jib,

    Do you remember where you were on that day? (Before my time)

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Football writers and pundits love Mourinho. No need to find a story. He is the story. I’m delighted he’s back. A manager of the highest quality, and a good fit for a club that has done everything it should over the last five to ten years, except win something. Mourinho’s won everything.

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  • Jib

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #20

    North Shields YMCA playing for the town u12 volleyball team vs
    Wallsend.

    Came off the court about 7 pm and the secretary was crying her eyes out

    First earth – shaking moment in my life.

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Nicky,

    You think he’ll take spurs to the next level?

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  • toon22

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Its obvious the Jabba wont ever take us to any level

    Other than a one where he takes more from the club that he is currently

    3
  • toon22

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Lets hope he enjoys that 9 million he took from our future for Strawberry place

    He obviously needed it badly

    4
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #24

    They have a very good group and Harry Kane of course, Son is fantastic too, so yeah, I think he can win them something, but it’s most important they finish top 4, for the continued Champions League revenue. That’ll be his immediate remit.

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  • toon22

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #25

    You see the pattern here

    We have assets he takes and keeps the proceeds

    While pretending he gives a ++++ about us

    4
  • toon22

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #26

    Remember when we were actually competing with Spurs ?

    Its so long ago i doubt many people actually remember

    3
  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Nicky,

    I agree with that…..I’m sure CL revenue is already factored into their projections.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Yeah, you can’t hire Mourinho and then not back him. They need CL football for that, because of the debt they have, but if they do get it, and they have the players, as well as astonishing infrastructure, then he can certainly entrench them as a very senior EPL club and a force in Europe.

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  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #29

    NY Mag

    You’re surely joking when you asked Jib where he was when JFK was shot? His brain’s so addled with drink he couldn’t tell you where he was yesterday!

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  • Just a fan

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #30

    I think jib was on the grassy knoll.

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  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Nicky

    Mourinho’s track record’s doesn’t show consistency at one club. He’s good yes, but he seems to be a one or two season wonder – at best, he’ll win a couple of trophies before moving on.

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  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #32

    Nicky

    Mourinho’s a bit like Rafa – high maintenance.

    1
  • lesh

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #33

    On that note, have a good day all.

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #34

    Lesh,

    I just asked because the popular phrase is……everyone remembers where they were when JFK was shot. Since I wasn’t around then, it doesn’t apply to me.

    Jib gave his answer……I have no reason to doubt it – I appreciate you and he have history and are never gonna agree on things and the snipes will continue back and forth, it’s part of the fabric of this blog (but don’t expect me to take sides) 🙂

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #35

    Levy is first and foremost a businessman, so he’ll be very aware of the books and the need to be in the CL, but he’ll also know that for the club to continue to grow it’ll need to win silverware. Mourinho will have been hired to do both, and yeah, he tends to last around 3 seasons, but this guy has won everything, and still only 56. Man U were a mess when he went there. Still are, but his record even there wasn’t at all bad. Spurs on the other hand are on the cusp, but after nearly 6 excellent years, they found themselves stuttering under Pochettino when they couldn’t afford it. I think it’s a good move by them.

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  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Not so sure about Mourinho. He has to assemble his own £500M team to have any chance of succeeding. That won’t happen quickly. In the short run, I can see Kane or Ali misfiring, getting a media dressing from their manager and losing interest. But that would be good for us because a European spot will open for our take ?

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  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #37

    Unused Substitute,

    £500M really?

    If that’s the case….then Spurs is not the club for him.

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  • toon22

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Just a Fan

    Another boring alt of JIB

    Its never Jabbas fault

    1
  • Unused Substitute

    Nov 22, 2019 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #39

    NY Mag: he has to dismantle and rebuild. Hence the budget. We seem to be in agreement though; wrong place for Mourinho.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Nov 22, 2019 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #40

    Unused Subtitute,

    I’m not making any bold predictions whether Jose will succeed or fail (too early to tell)
    Just that spurs are not the kind of club that will spend that kind of money (actually, they cant afford it)

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