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Target’s Representatives Push For Newcastle Move While Senegal International Hits Radar



The Newcastle squad and coaching staff will jet off to Saudi Arabia for some warm weather training this week. Most of the recruitment staff will remain behind to work on completing deals with the winter window winding down.

There appears to be a number of deals in progress, though currently, nothing is close according to Eddie Howe’s transfer update after yesterday’s win. This will be a pivotal week to strengthen the squad for this season’s remaining 17 fixtures.

Progress has been stagnant since Chris Wood came through the door 10 days ago. Newcastle haven’t given up hope on landing their preferred targets who include Diego Carlos, Jesse Lingard, and Duvan Zapata.

90min is reporting that Diego Carlos’s representatives, Bertolucci Sports, are trying to convince Sevilla to reach an agreement with Newcastle. The Rio-based group has flown into Seville to speak to the Director of Football Monchi.

However, the former-Sevilla goalkeeper is not expected to soften his stance and could demand as much as £60m to allow the 28-year-old to leave midseason. Newcastle will need to consider other targets if there is no movement on this deal in the next few days.


The Sun has added yet another center-back to Newcastle’s expansive list. They are reporting that Newcastle may turn to Olympiacos giant Pape Abou Cisse, who stands 6’6″. The 26-year-old has been linked with Arsenal, Leicester, Liverpool, and Everton in the recent past.

Cisse is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal. Newcastle have opened talks with the player’s representatives over a potential £12m move. Olympiacos, for who Cisse has over 100 appearances, appear very willing to do business.

Cisse has been with Olympiacos since 2017, joining from Corsica’s Ajaccio in 2017. He made 74 appearances for the Ligue 2 club. Interestingly, he returned to France on loan with Saint-Etienne last January. The Ligue 1 club did not take up their £11m purchase.

As his height would attest, Cisse is amazing in the air and considered a very intelligent defender. While not blessed with an abundance of technical ability on the ball, he is a formidable force at the back.

Cisse is likely not at the top of the list though could become an option late in the window should moves for other targets falter. He would cost a fraction of some of the other targets despite still having a few years left on his contract.

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430 comments so far

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Great first 😀

    3
  • Mund

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #2

    😆 so your saying that irked you? 😳

    Like I said sad act 😉

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Your hypocrisy irks me Mund.

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  • Wor B

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d want to see this lad’s ma and his birth certificate before getting down to any business.

    5
  • Mund

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    😆 awww diddums

    Go suck a sour pop

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail

    Well done mate, just don’t get obsessives about it! 🙂

    2
  • Davas28

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Sunday’s feel so much better after a win like that 😀

    4
  • Wor B

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d also like to see you two taking the day off from point scoring each other.

    More chance of seeing this lad’s birth certificate!

    😉

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  • August Landmesser reincarnate

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope the Dele Ali rumours are only rumours.

    We DONT need him, wrong type of midfielder.

    We fell into that trap in the summer, Wilock and Almiron are the same type of player, pointless signing Ali and its signing a player for the sake of it.

    This is the sort of signing the old regime would make.

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  • Davas28

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Think Dummet was unlucky coming up against raphina after only one game back after such a long layoff. Understandably he looked a little off the pace but still gave everything.
    Thought manq did great once he came in and locked that side down. Big hand in the goal after preventing their attack then having the wherewithall to jump up and break down the left to gain the free kick.

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  • carltoon

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Bob, 😳

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  • August Landmesser reincarnate

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Shelvey played better yesterday but Wilock and Longstaff both had better games.

    Put in the miles and made challenges tackles took shots and helped out up top and in defence.

    Shelvey still doesn’t challenge or tackle like I want from the player in the middle of our CM.

    Yesterday he made a half arsed challenge in our box which the Leeds player rode, he went on to take a shot which deflected off Schar to Dan James who SHOULD have scored at back post.

    It’s this sort of thing that continues to cost us, fortunately it didn’t yesterday.

    Much better from Shelvey effort wise but overall I still think he’s the weakest link in midfield.

    7
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #13

    If the ref did take umbrage at ASMs protests that still shouldn’t affect his decision making, they are meant to be dispassionate in their judgement.

    It didn’t look as if he was and that is why the club should make an official protest and the ref be suspended from reffing games until he is judged fit and proper to continue in the future.

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  • carltoon

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #14

    OP. No Shelvey was excellent yesterday, played well last week too, but I agree, Longstaff played much better, and Willock improved, but Shelvey always puts in the effort, just gets scapegoated. That’s just my opinion of course

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 23, 2022 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #15

    OP
    So you want Shelvey to win every challenge he is involved in, is there a player anywhere who can do that.

    Big ask but I’m sure he’s trying his best.

    4
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Wood won a record 15 aerial duels yesterday – the most of any player this season.

    Fans who are criticising his performance need to try and see the wider picture instead of just looking for bursting runs, dribbles and goals.

    I’ve watched time and again punts from defence being easily won by the oppo putting us straight back under pressure + our CM’s know that will happen so they sit deep waiting to defend the second ball.

    Wood was winning those punts, flicking them on direct to our mids or giving us a chance of winning 50/50’s. That’s why Willock was getting further forward and seeing more possession and ASM won his fair share of those flicks as well, Wood had a big effect on our play and fans who say he did nowt need to go back to football school.

    Plus, in two games Wood has hardly had one one decent cross coming back from the byeline, all he is getting is punts with his back to goal. AC at his best couldn’t score with a header from those. Once we start getting those byeline crosses in we’ll see Wood showing what he can do.

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  • The Ledge

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #17
  • Wor B

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Did we ever get to the bottom of what constitutes a relegation battle?

    From a Leeds fan… “Looked toothless in front of goal and Meslier added to his vast collection of goal costing howlers. Make no mistake,we are in a relegation battle”

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Carltoon, seen you the 1st time 😉 but twice is nice 😀

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  • Oliver Tolkien

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Been reading this blog on and off right since the early days but never comment, have sorted an account today just to say Mund and Jail – WOULD YOU PLEASE BOTH SHUT THE F*CK UP. It is absolutely tragic the way you two carry on… came on today buzzing from the result last night and have to read a grown man type ‘aww diddums go suck a sour pop’. It’s f*cking embarassing.

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  • Mund

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Ledge

    I mentioned a while back about Saudi Golf being our new sponsor. Been to the games with Yasir. Hopefully it all comes out soon about sponsorship.

    5
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Undiscovered until now, found in a cellar in Detroit, a collection of great 60’s tracks from “Jail and the Mundettes!”

    Oldies but goodies, will go down a storm with “Bill Bob and the geriatrics” 😀

    3
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Absolutely spot on post Bills. You certainly know your onions…

    Bills serious question, have you been involved in the game on a professional level at some time? As it certainly cones across like it. I really enjoy your knowledge of the game and honest assessment. Many thanks.

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Watched the game yesterday on an alleged river. Just watched the full match from Sky Sports catch up. Pick the bones out of that match!

    I could not even give a man of the match. They just all performed.

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  • Mund

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Bob

    Now you have to follow that up with the titles of the songs we sing! 😉

    2
  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Ledge #17

    Ahh I wondered who the guy was say next to Yasir, it’s none other than Majed Al Sorour CEO of Saudi Golf.

    4
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #27

    25 mins in.. ball over top Both trips and Shelvey sprinted back, Trips did not gain ground on Shelvey. I just do not get what a lot of you have against Shelvey. MoM last week in my opinion. A solid game today

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Mund,

    Hello mate, so Saudi Golf could be one of our new sponsors? Could be one of many. I do remember you mentioning this a while back so you could be tight in the money with this one 😉

    4
  • Wor B

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #29

    Peter

    Step away from the time machine.

    The game was yesterday.

    🙂

    3
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #30

    ESG, they could have chopped off ASM’s arms and legs and the ref woud have stated it is only a flesh wound. The Ref was following EPL rules. Fc uk Toon

    5
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #31

    And remember, I have just watched the entire game. Will we ever get a penalty this season?

    3
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #32

    Billson, it’s the young uns mate, if they’re not seeing mazy runs or tikka takka passing they think players are doing nowt. Haven’t grasped the concept of a team game and how all the parts fit together.

    Given how Eddie’s only been here 12 weeks he’s doing a great job rebuilding a football team from a mishmash of individuals whose entire playing philosophy was “give it to ASM” . Good old Bruceball, gone but not forgotten and never forgiven 🙂

    12
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Because Wood doesn’t move like a real athlete or sprint fast, he looks “wooden” and people criticise him. But that’s not his game. But he’s effective and Eddie will get goals out of him. Same with Jonjo, usual suspects kill him here because he is slow. But that totally fáils to acknowledge his skills, in the right set up. He’ll do more good things for us this season, believe me.

    10
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Ha ha,
    First to know about Trippier before Trippier himself and now Saudi Golf, excellent work from someone who isn’t ITK, just get rid of these three centre backs in the next eight days and there’s a full house 😆

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  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Bills, Wood was very important. Even if it was just a nod on to a midfielder. Seeing him integrating into the team and he is better than I thought.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Dg, that no penalty was a disgrace. Add that to the city one.

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #37

    Mund,

    Could start with “Cry me a River”
    Followed by the “wars of the Toon” to the tune of Fog on the Tyne! 😉

    4
  • Moonraker15

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #38

    The discussion about Kieran Trippier being future captain is simple.
    When you’re one of the current England right backs, you’ve made a transition to Spanish football and won a league championship medal and decided to return to England for a proper challenge you command the respect of all your colleagues and become the club captain. I doubt if any of the players except possibly Lascelles would argue with that. As Lascelles has fallen in performance levels he must accept he’s on his way out as we move to super club status! What an exciting prospect that is for those of us who have been waiting 60 years!

    12
  • The Dyslexic God

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Wor B, you want to see our next result!

    1
  • Mund

    Jan 23, 2022 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Fenham

    Makes sense mate with him being with Yasir a couple of times at the games now and like you say could be one of many which I think it will be.

    I do hope this trip reveals a lot more than what we expect

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