The 25-year-old will move to St James’ Park on July 1st when his Rennes contract expires and will join our other two new captures of Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba in what is looking like will be a new look Newcastle team for next season.
The former French Under-21 international has made over 100 (102 to be precise) appearances for Rennes and has scored 16 goals in the process. He can play in a number of positions in midfield but is more commonly used as a left winger.
Here is a video of him in action to give us a bit more background. I’ve never seen the lad play to be honest so it helps me out aswell!
What I do know is that Liverpool were very interested in the player and it had been reported that a deal had been agreed with them. Apparently not and it’s Newcastle United who have acted quickly to secure another player.Here is what Alan Pardew had to say about securing his second signing in two days:
“It’s a great coup to have signed Sylvain, who has received interest from a number of other clubs,” Pardew told the club website. “He may not be well known to many of our fans but he is a real talent and a player we have been keeping an eye on for some time. It’s been a good couple of days for us on the transfer front.”
That’s two signings in two days, or three in two weeks, for Alan Pardew. The job isn’t done however and we still need more in, but it’s not a bad start to the window thus far. The plus point for me is that we have got three players in for about £4.5 million. That is effectively the Kevin Nolan money gone, plus it leaves us with a more cash for later on in the window when the money really does start to come into play.
The way I see it is that NUFC are moving quickly to secure targets that are likely to be interesting other clubs. People will call it all very cheap, but at the end of the day it’s these in demand, out of contract players that should be the priority at the moment. Then, later on in the window when the bigger, perhaps more well known players start to move we can make moves for them.
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