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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 [Read more →]

December 30, 2013   No Comments

Should Newcastle United try for this French forward in January?

Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates after scoring for Lyon

Gomis – Has confirmed that he plans on leaving Lyon in the summer

In a recent interview with a dominant French paper long-term Newcastle United target Bafetimbi Gomis confirmed that he plans on leaving his current club on a free transfer in June of 2014. Graham Carr, the scouting team and Joe Kinnear all hoped to conclude a deal for the French international in September but meddling agents and seemingly extradordinate hidden fees meant the proposed £6m move fell through despite Gomis’ desire to move to St. James’ Park. The 28 year-old has already netted seven times this season in Ligue 1 & I must say that I’ve watched quite a bit of Lyon this season (mainly because of outstanding talent that is Clément Grenier) which had led me to the conclusion that Gomis is not particularly [Read more →]

December 24, 2013   No Comments

November to Christmas will define Alan Pardew’s tactical prowess

Alan Pardew looks on from the sidelines

Pardew – Deployed the correct tactics against Chelsea last Saturday

Tactical awareness is not something most Newcastle supporters will attribute to Alan Pardew and rightly so. Some of the decisions the 52 year-old has made over the course of the last two seasons have left the majority – including myself – bemused. Regressive tactics, alongside some bizarre comments about his side’s style of play would pose the question whether Pardew is completely out of his depth in the Newcastle United hot-seat. Such an accusation would be a tad harsh on the ex-Hammers boss who guided the Magpies to a quite unbelievable 5th place finish in the league two seasons ago, a season which saw the men in Black and White play some the best football at St. James’ Park in many, many years. Fast [Read more →]

November 8, 2013   2 Comments

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 [Read more →]

May 12, 2013   No Comments