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Newcastle Reportedly Targeting French Defender Should He Become Available



There’s an interesting claim in The Mail that Newcastle have added Arsenal’s William Saliba to the expanding list of defensive targets. Gunner’s boss Mikel Arteta is still yet to decide on how the highly-rated 20-year-old figures into his plans for this upcoming season.

Newcastle see the Frenchman as a potential loan option should moves for other center-back targets falter. In Simon Jones’s report, he states that a deal for Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer is now unlikely. Though it seems a little early to make that definitive of a claim.


Saliba joined Arsenal two summers ago in a ยฃ27m move from Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne. As part of the deal, he remained in France on loan for the 2019-20 season. Last season, after spending the first-half of the campaign with Arsenal’s U23s he moved to Nice in January where he immediately went into the starting eleven.

Arteta may want to take a long look at Saliba after his impressive spell with Nice which included 20 starts in the league. There will be a squad place ready should he impress with David Luiz leaving the Emirates next month after two seasons.

The glaring issue Newcastle pursuing Saliba is it would rule out another loan move for Joe Willock. Jones addresses this by claiming that Willock will only be allowed to leave for ยฃ20m. There is also the potential he ends up with a new deal at Arsenal.

There still loads to happen before the start of the season in regards to Willock’s future and what young center-back Newcastle end up landing. Saliba seems ready to fight for his Arsenal place while I don’t see Newcastle’s pursuit of Kristoffer Ajer ending so abruptly.

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402 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #81

    Rom

    Agreed!

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #82

    But what do we know mate ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #83

    Anyone keeping count of the players we are being linked with, must be getting close to around the thousand mark!

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #84

    Bill,

    I thought you always kept count ๐Ÿ™‚

    I guess thereโ€™s probably around a 1% accuracy rate in terms of speculation versus reality

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #85

    Well I’ve already admitted to being a football know nowt, I mean I’ve only got a meagre 65+ years of following the game behind me!

    2
  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #86

    Onlineguy

    Aye, nothing like a tot o grog afore having your dinner afloat.

    Assuming you’re on the Black Pig, can we leave it to others to speculate on your nautical name.

    https://youtu.be/Z9oNYlu3jjs

    2
  • carltoon

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #87

    And a great big thank you to the hospital in Koh Samui, for looking after my daughter, for seven days, but then holding her hostage for five hours until the insurance paid up, thank God for our amazing NHS THE ENVY OF THE WORLD.

    10
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #88

    NY Mag

    Problem is I’ve only got 24 fingers and toes the same as everyone else!

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #89

    Carltoon,

    Iโ€™m glad your daughter is doing OK, must be a huge relief to you.

    1
  • carltoon

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #90

    Where’s my post congratulating Almiron, on the birth of his son?????

    2
  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #91

    Sounds like your football knowledge’s been left behind.

    You might even catch up with some ยฃ50 a head personal tuition. Err, that could sound an tad smutty.

    0
  • Romford mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #92

    carltoon

    Glad she’s ok ๐Ÿ™‚

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #93

    carltoon

    Previous page ๐Ÿ™‚

    1
  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #94

    Carltoon

    Whereโ€™s your post congratulating Almiron, on the birth of his son?????

    Have you left in in Scotland?

    1
  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #95

    Carltoon

    There you go, Romford to the rescue.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #96

    carltoon

    Good to hear she’s OK, I missed the reasons for her being in hospital but at least you can stop worrying now.

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #97

    lesh

    Always happy to help a damsel in distress ๐Ÿ˜€

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #98

    It looks like our favourite attention seeking sports barrister, not happy with the lack of comments and ‘likes’ on his normal pictures of bread has taken to cutting them in to 80-10-10 slices again. I’m starting to think he’s a bit of a tw@t.

    17
  • Mund

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #99

    Because of the way he cuts his bread? ๐Ÿ˜†

    4
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #100

    There was a time when we were able to watch the football from various leagues throughout the world used to love the French, Argentine and Dutch leagues to name but three, I do miss being able to watch them.

    2
  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #101

    Jail for Ashley

    Maybe he’s used his loaf to provide fans with some crumbs of comfort?

    ๐Ÿ™„

    5
  • scott

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #102

    Jail

    Or heโ€™s just cut 2 slices to make a sarnie! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    5
  • carltoon

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #103

    Thanks Ron, what a bloody time on my hols, couldn’t get a signal on most sites, so it was a struggle to find out what as happening, the hospital wanted money up front, then she said it was so scary having to sign loads of forms, then hospital doctors had to argue every day with Insurance Co. To get them to agree to the treatment, but the hotel she was working for said their insurance would cover the remaining days. She’s just sent my a video of her rescue puppy reunion, so I’m pleased she’s home, mind she said the hospital was like a five star hotel, and the nurses and Doctors, said she was the best patient, they’ve ever had.

    3
  • NY Mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #104

    Scott,

    I wouldโ€™ve thought that a 10% cut of a loaf is a pretty good Scooby snack.

    Two doorstops and all that ๐Ÿ™‚

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #105

    Was Miggy’s son born in the NE?

    4
  • NY Mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #106

    Eligible for a geordie passport ๐Ÿ™‚

    2
  • carltoon

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #107

    ROM, not Ron

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #108

    carltoon

    Not to worry , I’ve been called worse ๐Ÿ™‚

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #109

    It’s probably more relevant what he is putting in his sarnie, Black and White pudding perhaps?

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #110

    And I’m glad everything worked out ok in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

    2
  • carltoon

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #111

    Bill, she had an accident and her moped fell on her ankle bone, two holes down to the bone and it became infected, it looked horrible, still hasn’t closed up yet.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #112

    carltoon

    It was probably her funny accent that charmed them! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1
  • The Prince's Mate

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #113

    Definitely need a new face….

    A face like a trawlermans skids

    3
  • NY Mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #114

    Bill,

    I think itโ€™s more like Jamon iberico with a cavier aioli ๐Ÿ™‚

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #115

    NY

    Ark at you ๐Ÿ˜†

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #116

    carltoon

    Blimey that doesn’t sound good, sounds as if they’ve done a good job of it though!

    Might take a wee while to heal properly.

    1
  • NY Mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #117

    Rom,

    Take no notice of me, I talk absolute tripe ๐Ÿ˜€

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #118

    NY

    I wouldn’t say that mate ๐Ÿ™‚

    0
  • NY Mag

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #119

    Rom,

    But lots of other people would ๐Ÿ˜€

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 6, 2021 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #120

    TPM,
    I’m sure you have more to offer the blog than repeatedly posting so and so’s face.

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