Montpellier making noises of a club about to sell Rémy Cabella

Rémy Cabella in action for Montpellier in Ligue 1

Cabella – Eager for Newcastle move but Toon still pondering improved bid

Usually when Newcastle United go about their business in the transfer window it is done in an efficient, often professional manner with little information leaked to the media by sources at St. James’ Park. Over the last two years Graham Carr has spearheaded a large recruitment drive that has seen over 10 players of French nationality arrive at Newcastle. When Alan Pardew’s side signed so many French, and no fewer than five in the January transfer window a year ago this month, people questioned whether it would work. The large French contingent would surely fall foul of each other when the chips were down, and shirk the challenge of fighting tooth and nail in a Black and White jersey, right? Well they might have had a case this time last season when Newcastle eventually limped to Premier League safety in the closing stages, but one could easily forget how close the Magpies … Continue Reading …

Newcastle submit offer for French defender

Nathan Dekoké in action for Saint-Étienne

Dekoké – Newcastle want land young defender in January transfer window

News emerging from France (where else?!) suggest that Newcastle United director of football Joe Kinnear may not actually be drinking whiskey and relaxing beside the fire this Christmas period, rather instead, lining up moves for January targets. France Football is carrying a story claiming NUFC have tabled an offer for young French defender Nathan Dekoké. The 17 year-old is currently on the books of Saint Étienne but his contract expires in the summer of 2014 meaning he is open to offers. According to the article Newcastle have offered him a deal and could be followed closely by Fulham who are also keeping tabs on his progress. The French club would be due compensation should Dekoké decide to accept an … Continue Reading …

Time for Newcastle United to move in for Tom Ince

England's Tom Ince in action for the Three Lions

Ince – Waiting for an offer from a bigger club after Cardiff rejection

There has been very little transfer news about Newcastle United in the last few days. The only real story is our interest in PSV’s young Dutch keeper Jeroen Zoet – nothing to do with the first team, more so the development squad and the ongoing recruitment drive for young players that could have big futures ahead of them. Alan Pardew has admitted his interest in Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, and indeed Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers and I suppose that is a start – we know who exactly the manager wants. However; who AP wants and who the Englishman will largely come down to a certain Joe Kinnear meaning our manager might not get what he asked for this summer, but only time will tell. A long-term target of the club is a certain … Continue Reading …

Calm Coloccini saves Newcastle United’s dire season

Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson celebrate at Loftus Road

Coloccini – His collected performances saved Newcastle from relegation

You might have noticed there has not been a huge amount of activity on this blog in the last month or so, as I have been extremely busy with college exams, but I felt today was as good a day as any to post. Goals from Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoann Gouffran helped Newcastle United to a 2-1 win over QPR and in effect, secure our status as a Premier League club for another season. Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias watched on from the stands at Loftus Road and were visibly very relieved when the final whistle sounded marking an end to a truly horrific Premier League campaign, and indeed the guarantee of tens of millions of pounds in TV rights for next season; a crucial part to this club’s long term plan. I think it is fair to say that every NUFC fans is delighted this season is practically over, and the threat of relegation has ceased, but there has be change over the summer and … Continue Reading …

Derby day passion lost in translation as lifeless NUFC surrender

Alan Pardew looks on during a Premier League game

Pardew – Worst moment of his entire tenure at Newcastle United

If you told any neutral across Great Britain that Sunderland would romp to a three nil victory at St.James’ Park on Sunday many would have laughed off the suggestion. However, when David Vaughan popped in a ridiculous effort from the edge of the area, you just knew that it was one of those days. High up in St.James’ Park, the travelling Mackems could hardly believe their eyes, a three nil victory away at their fiercest rivals. When the final whistle sounded around a packed out stadium, reality set in. From the European Quarter Finals to the lowest of … Continue Reading …