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Newcastle Target Plays Down Talk Of Winter Move



Newcastle were linked with Le Mans winger Stephane Diarra close to a month ago. The reports from France claimed that Newcastle had been to watch the prodigy who just turned 21 last week.

Diarra joined the Ligue 2 club this past summer for a fee of around £440k. He’s known for his pace and has a reputation for dribbling like our Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin.

This season Diarra has made 20 appearances with 3 goals and 2 assists. He has dual French and Ivorian citizenship but has yet to feature for either nation.

Newcastle are not the only club interested according to the reports. Both Leicester City and Celtic have reportedly also scouted Diarra.

Stephane Diarra– attracting attention on and off the pitch

The Chronicle have published some comments that Diarra made recently about the interest in him.

“It’s good to know that several clubs follow you, but leaving Le Mans this winter? I don’t know.

“I need to stay focused on my season. I’ll watch what is going on and we will see. I have to progress in a lot of areas but especially on efficiency – that’s the biggest point for me.

“I have to do more and work on my final ball. Things are good today but not good enough.”

Diarra has just joined Le Mans so it’s understandable that he would be hesitant to leave after just six months. It’s also a massive jump from Ligue 1 to the Premier League.

Interestingly, he mentions having to work on his final ball. He could fit in very well at Newcastle where some of our wingers have struggled with their deliveries.

Though, like our lads, he seems determined to improve which is always a positive sign.

Late last month when the reports first surfaced, Le Mans president Thierry Gomez spoke about the interest in his star winger. This is what he had to say at the time:

“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 think Diarra would be a decent target maybe in a couple of years or at the earliest this summer. He’s likely not someone the club would bring in next month, at least not for the first-team.

Though he looks like an exciting prospect whose pace and flair could serve him well if he does move to the Premier League in the future.


21 comments so far

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 18, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Get Sorensen back and give him a shot off the bench. He’s only got to score 2 and he’s top scoring forward!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 18, 2019 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #2

    At this stage, and quite probably never, Sorensen I’m afraid isn’t even close to being good enough to play in the EPL.

    Nowhere near as good as even Gayle or Muto, who would score for fun in league 2, but are rightly not even considered for a start at Newcastle unless we have 3 forwards out missing.

    We should move on both Gayle and Muto, but no way should we be promoting Sorensen.

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  • dougie

    Dec 18, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Sports Direct FC is an utter shambles.Forwards who cannot score,the second worse manager in Premier League history in the dugout,and if it wasn’t for our defenders scoring we would be staring the trapdoor in the face.The parasite will be thinking half the jobs done now when he looks at the table and nobody will be coming in to improve the team in January.Expect a reality check in the second half of the season because it’s pure luck where we are at the minute.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 18, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorensen, another overrated product from the academy. If arma wasn’t good enough, this guy probably isn’t either. Certainly not yet.

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  • jane

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #5

    dougie you’re repetitive you use the same words and phrases every post. it’s boring!

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  • dougie

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Jane/jib,your like watching paint dry with your inane babble.Give it a rest.

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  • jane

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #7

    i think we are likely to strengthen in January because are league position is ok. see if you can have a conversation!

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  • jane

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #8

    sorry dougie if you are getting out of your comfort zone 🙂

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  • jane

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #9

    anyway let’s see who is right about January me or you. our credibility is on the line here!

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  • NY Mag

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Jane,

    I cannot see us bringing anyone in January, unless someone leaves first.

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  • dougie

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Lol Jane,you have no credibility here if you think the parasite would strengthen if our position remains the same when the window opens in January ,quite the opposite in fact!Are you completely deluded?

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  • jane

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #12

    NY Mag because of the wage bill or squad numbers?

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  • jane

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #13

    good to see you joining in a bit more dougie. i knew i could draw you out!

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  • NY Mag

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Squad numbers

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  • jane

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #15

    we definitely could do with shifting a few players but i think they would like to buy another expensive player.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Yeah, squad numbers. If I were running the show, God forbid, I’d really be trying to move on Muto, Gayle and probably a right back, sign Willems on a permanent, and go after Giroud on a half season loan.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #17

    A box to box centre mid, with a big engine, pace and an eye for a pass would also be wonderful, but not easy to find of course, particularly in January, nor do they come cheap.

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  • dougie

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Once again Jane/Jib,what parallel universe do you inhabit that makes you think the parasite would even contemplate spending any money in January on Sports Direct FC when in his deluded,greedy eyes there’s a chance of keeping it in in the Premier League for no further outlay.Your stupidity is mind boggling!

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  • NY Mag

    Dec 18, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Jane,

    I agree – quality over quantity is what the club have consistently pushed over the last 12 months. But that is notoriously difficult to achieve in January.

    Nicky, power is with the players, so Gayle and Muto have to want to leave. BTW, while I agree signing Willems seems a given, if it is indeed true that we already have a fixed deal in place at the end of the loan it makes no sense not to wait until the end of the season.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 19, 2019 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #20

    The power is with players, however if you are no longer figuring, it’s surely fair to ask yourself why, and so if you are in fact worth the terms of your contract. I like KiSy’s attitude to this, who will seemingly happily move on, if released, because he wants to play football and I assume “earn” his wedge. Colback should look to do the same, Saivet too, while Gayle and Muto should be willing to consider taking a drop in pay to secure a move to a club where they will figure regularly and contribute. All good players, who can easily be contributing more elsewhere.

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  • NY Mag

    Dec 19, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Nicky,

    Completely agree…..but that’s not the reality of what happens.
    I guess it’s easy for us to sit in judgement, but I’m sure that there is a multitude of different reasons going on in the background, not least of which is what a players agent is whispering in his ear.

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