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Newcastle United ‘agree deal’ for Rémy Cabella

Rémy Cabella in training with France at the 2014 World Cup

Cabella – Reports from France indicate the sides have reached an agreement over fee

Finally, after several bouts of negotiation, it appears that Newcastle United have at last, agreed a deal for Montpellier’s Rémy Cabella. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to St. James’ Park since last year, and this is not the first time that NUFC fans have been assured of a move, however, the difference this time, is that there are a number of reputable French sources claiming that the son of Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin, Laurent, has confirmed that the two sides have reached an agreement over the transfer of their key player. The breakthrough is hardly mind-blowing after almost a year of tussling between the two teams over the fee, but it seems that Newcastle have come close enough to the €15m valuation placed on the 24 year-old by their owner. Such a move represents the biggest fee paid for a player under Mike Ashley since they dished out just shy of £11m for captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Having signed Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez, and indeed Siem de Jong, the prospect of Cabella in the same side is an exciting one for Toon supporters, even the most pessimistic of fans will have to be rather pleased with the apparent clear mandate in the transfer window this time around.

The ever reputable Mark Douglas of The Journal, and The Chronicle has said that he is confident that NUFC will manage – or rather plan to [Read more →]

July 11, 2014   4 Comments

What Arsenal fans need to know about Mathieu Debuchy

Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy celebrates scoring against rivals Sunderland

Debuchy – Medical completed with Arsenal ahead of big career move for Frenchman

Back in January 2013 when Newcastle United completed the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Lille in a £5m deal – I wondered how the club had pulled it off. It wasn’t the fact that he had been linked with a switch to Newcastle for months previous but such a deal never materialised, nor was it the fact that player was eager to join. Even with all that going in the favour of NUFC, it still surprised me when he signed the dotted line at St. James’ Park. Why? Debuchy was a consistent starter for France at the European Championships in Poland Ukraine in 2012 and was one of their stand-out performers, just behind Yohan Cabaye. The French were finally eliminated at the hands of eventual competition winners Spain in a narrow 0-1 loss, but they went home with a sense of pride having put a strong tournament performance in comparison to the embarrassment of 2010.

Weeks after the tournament I was sure that a really top club would make a move for Debuchy. He had all the attributes of a world-class full-back. Surging runs, aerial dominance, a credible delivery, and an engine that saw him motor up and down the wings for an entire 90 minutes.

It took a few months before Newcastle fans got to see the real Debuchy, naturally enough. He needed time to adjust to the Premier League like many have in the past, and to be fair, he was thrown in at the deep-end with [Read more →]

July 8, 2014   7 Comments

Newcastle United should be rivalling QPR for Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker in action for Cardiff City in the Premier League

Caulker – Looks set for a move to newly promoted side Queens Park Rangers

There is no doubt that the valuation of young England players with minimal Premier League experience has become somewhat of a joke in recent years. Luke Shaw – a fantastic talent with a huge future ahead of him no doubt – left Southampton for Manchester United in a £34m move, after just one season of proper Premier League football. Adam Lallana’s £25m price-tag which saw him join Liverpool has also been questioned by others, and although another very talented player, their respective costs are at least double their true value in a fair transfer market. However, while the world has gone mad with excessive transfer fee, one Englishman, by the name of Steven Caulker, seems set for a £9m move to newly promoted outfit Queens Park Rangers following Cardiff’s relegation from the Premier League.

This is one deal that I feel represents true value for money. He was one of Cardiff’s shining lights in a woeful season in Wales, and it surprises me, even disappoints me, to see that no other club seems to be challenging Harry Redknapp for the England capped defender.

Before the Premier League campaign ended last season I wrote of how I thought Newcastle should make a move for Caulker. Powerful in the air, dominant at the back and with real influence among a back four – Newcastle [Read more →]

July 7, 2014   5 Comments

France’s World Cup exit will kick-start NUFC transfer activity

Mathieu Debuchy battles for possession with Germany's Mario Gotze

Debuchy – Likely to secure move away from Newcastle with Arsenal preparing offer

In a rather turgid affair, Germany secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over France to progress to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup courtesy of a first half header from Mats Hummels. The Borussia Dortmund defender rose above Rafael Varane to brilliantly nod home the opening goal of the game, as France showed little fighting spirit to force their way back into the game. In turn, France’s exit sees Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko return home to Newcastle, but for how long is the real question. Debuchy has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, and it seems as if he will make a decisive choice on his club for next season when he touches back down on Tyneside. Sissoko has also been linked with a move away, and will surely have impressed many with a solid performance at the competition which saw him net against the Swiss. While much of the talk has been dominated by Arsenal’s interest in Debuchy, the return home of Les Bleus will also, fingers crossed, well and truly kick-start Newcastle’s recruitment drive.

Rémy Cabella, a latecomer to the France setup, did not play one minute in Brazil, much to the disappointment of Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin who was hoping that any performances at the World Cup would boost his price tag by at least €5-10m. Thankfully, Cabella’s place on the bench throughout the tournament should mean Newcastle will be relatively unrivalled in their pursuit of the 23 year-old.

Newcastle’s next signing will likely come after Debuchy departs. While there hasn’t been anything concrete regards Mathieu’s move away, I [Read more →]

July 4, 2014   No Comments