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Newcastle’s Midfield Target Has Officially Left His Club



A few weeks ago, there was a report that Newcastle had contacted the entourage of Nice midfielder Arnaud Lusamba. The 23-year-old’s contract was due to expire this summer after four years with the club.

It has been revealed today that Lusamba has now officially left Nice. The remainder of the Ligue 1 campaign was canceled due to the coronavirus.

The initial report at the end of May had Newcastle as one of several clubs to contact Lusamba about a summer move. Leicester City, Werder Bremen, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, and Lyon were also cited as potential suitors.

The former French U19 international is represented by the ROGON agency which also represents our record signing from last summer, Joelinton.

The pursuit of the French free agent seems like the type of move we’ve seen quite often under the Ashley regime. So it’ll be interesting to see if he’s still a target should the takeover go through.


Lusamba is a very talented player who would fill a need in our midfield in that he can drive the ball forward and start attacks. However, he has failed to live up to the promise that saw him move to Nice from Nancy for £2.25m in 2016 when he was 19.

Since that move, he’s only played 31 times for Nice in three seasons and spent a year on loan at Cercle Brugge in Belgium.

Though the fact that Leicester City and Crystal Palace were tracking him earlier this year could bode well for a move to the Premier League.


80 comments so far

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #1

    For all the dreamers who think the takeover is still going ahead. Dont hold your breath for it!

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #2

    If a takeover was going to happen, we would have heard something by now

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    archaeomag – I got exactly the same reply (lesh questioned it’s authenticity mind you).

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  • DaveD1000

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #4

    but…but,they wouldn’t lie to God

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #5

    9 or 10 weeks without a single word, never mind a full announcement, something has happened. Maybe one of the parties has backed out. Could be the saudis or Ashley. Could be the tv right crap..who knows.

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Got stuck on a thread there for a bit.

    Couple of points I noticed that I found very important to me.

    I’ll probably go back periodically and view them 2 points again.

    Cheers Dr Ed you morale booster you!

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    @micky
    I see you used your real name 🙂

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    archeomag, no mate i edited that bit in the copy/paste!

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #9

    @northumbrian Good result for the team;
    “the writer has been reminded of” , not quite an official warning, / future conduct but as good as we were going to get.

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    I 100% cant do that Mund, sorry, dont take it personally for christ sake!

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Just been on Look North that the takeover is in doubt

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  • jane

    Jun 15, 2020 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #12
  • The mighty wyn

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #13

    All the stuff at the minute is rehash of previous stories
    Don’t know if it’s going to go through but none of the news outlets do either.
    Waiting for George caulkin to come up with something. Still think premier League don’t want to turn the money down

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  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #14

    WL

    Look north? Really bud? they know less than Indykaila, they just report any story that is in the media.

    it will be fine.

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  • Jib

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #15

    The pilot of a US fighter jet which crashed into the North Sea has been found dead.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #16

    I have strong doubts. My concern is that the PL are waiting for the WTO to finger the Saudis. MBS is a part of the govt and the PIF, the govts treasury, is central to us. I think the PL will hide behind the WTO and I’m not sure the PIF will even look for legal redress. Sorry for the negative tone guys, long day.

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  • Northumbrian

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Archaeo ???

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #18

    @rob
    U take the credit for this m8 *****

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Gothmogs pjs

    If they know nowt then they should`nt run the story imo. its little wonder fans don`t know their ass from their elbow where this takeover is concerned.

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #20

    @mickey like I didn’t 😉

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  • IrishRob

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Arch, credit what??

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  • Mund

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #22

    a lot of negativity towards the takeover today on the blog from a few don’t know why like??

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #23

    It`s getting to the stage now where i`m getting bored with the takeover BS, make an announcement YES or NO ffs

    If its Yes, the world is our Oyster, if its No, well erm

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  • Mund

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #24

    WLtoon isn’t any wait worth it for the outcome we want

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #25

    @Northumbrian
    I may have got confused !! [I just had to reboot the old Dell] – I was referring to the Indy apology to fans

    @ rob I may have dreamt it – but you encouraged me to complain to the Indy?

    @DaveD1000 – good riffing

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #26

    @wltoon – had any children?

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Fear not good citizens!!

    Captain AmeriMag is always here to fight the evil forces of takeover negativity!!

    I think the WTO thing will have very little relevance to be honest. Project Restart took them A LOT more time than they anticipated, now they’re finishing this off.

    Simple as that.

    We’re gonna be rich, Premier League are gonna be richer, everyone’s a winner!!

    😀

    #CANS

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Does anyone think that Sheff Utd and Villa will have an advantage over us when we play them – with their game in hand being played first and with the Toons first game against Sheff Utd and Second game is Villa both these teams will be match fit up to speed?????

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  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #29

    The mighty wyn

    If Mrs MW says she can play Ode to Joy, maybe you could persuade her to play it at SJP on the first post-takeover home game.

    It’d be quite appropriate.

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #30

    If your bored We could find another journalist to have a war with, shame Louise is behaving herself.

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #31

    @lesh
    Much easier to find terrible football songs than a good one 🙂

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  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #32

    Hibbit

    30k merchant seamen died and it took far too long for the government to recognise the contribution they made to the war. The Russians issued medals for those who survived the runs to Murmansk etc long before the Brits. Much like the merchant men Bomber command was so long overlooked too.

    Many unsung heros lost and many survived. Bless ’em.

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  • The mighty wyn

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Lesh will do lol

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  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Dubai

    I must say I did question the authenticity of the Indy email, we’ve seen many false tweets hence my question mark.

    But and as said earlier, you made the point and to its credit, The Indy reacted to it, positively.

    Well done

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Mund,

    Yep it`s well worth the wait if its a positive outcome, problem is we don`t have any clue on either how long that wait will be, or more importantly, what the outcome will be.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #36

    I hope your right Captain. I’m not so confident. The club will go in to meltdown if the takeover is blocked.

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  • WLtoon

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #37

    archaeomag

    I do have a kid yeah, but he is up now, lives with his partner. If i was back to work it would,nt be so much Groundhog Day, there is just no sign of this takeover coming to a conclusion. it`s ridiculous really

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #38

    @Wt I was going to make a joke about patience [ v children], if you said no! 🙂

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  • archaeomag

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #39

    are we nearly there yet ?
    . . are we nearly there yet ?
    . . . . .are we nearly there yet?
    DADDY!
    are we nearly there yet?

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  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Archaeomag

    Best keep your head down cos if Mrs Mighty Wyn’s up for SJP, there’s gonna be a need for percussion – you could play the trowel and the riddle?

    If he’s up for it, JohnJ might provide some support and accompanyment on the guitar and there’s Online who could do something or other.

    Magscar, you play anything?

    Oh and there’s Jib, he’s a dab hand at playing the lyre. 😉

    Any more volunteers

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