Boudebouz on the move?

Another target from Ligue 1?

Another target from Ligue 1?
Reports in the Italian media claim that Newcastle and Liverpool are going head to head for the signing of Ryad Boudebouz of Sochaux. This could possibly just be another of a million rumours, but it’s exciting all the same.

Ryad Boudebouz is a very good young talent from Algeria who’s currently playing for Sochaux in France. Last season Boudebouz scored 8 goals in 38 games from midfield, which is a decent tally and not too different from a midfielder we recently sold. Boudebouz is an Algerian international and is only 21 so he’ll be around the age that we’ll be looking at under this current regime.

Boudebouz plays as an attacking midfielder either on the wing or just off the forward, if we are in fact in the market to sign Boudebouz it leads me to believe that the chase for Charles N’Zogbia might be off.

The rumoured price that we’re looking to pay for Boudebouz is £7m which is around £3-5m less than Wigan would be wanting for Charles N’Zogbia, also Boudebouz is younger which is something which makes me believe that we’d see Boudebouz as an attractive alternative. Also the wages demands of the two will be considerably different.

I’ve been ignoring this link for a while but it’s just keeps cropping up. If I remember rightly we’ve been linked with Boudebouz twice previously and he seems a very exciting player, somebody who can get the fans up off their seats, I remember a certain manager mentioning that once or twice 😉

Also this relates to an article which was written yesterday about Hatem Ben Arfa talking to transfer targets and making Newcastle seem an attractive proposition. This may be another chance for Ben Arfa to speak to a target and convince him that Newcastle are the team for him. Also with Marveaux and Cabaye already moving from Ligue 1 to the Premier League, Boudebouz may feel that Newcastle is the club to take him forward.

With Jonas supposedly up for sale we may see him leave with Boudebouz taking his place in the squad. This is something I can really see happening as it is exactly what Ashley is looking to do with the club, Jonas will recoup the club around £7m and Boudebouz is rumoured to be costing around the same amount of money, so swapping a 21 year old for a 27 year old, perfect business, for Ashley.

With Newcastle being quiet in the last couple days it leads me to believe we may have a couple of deals in the pipeline with intention to announce a few deals soon. I seem to remember Pardew mentioning he wanted three or four in before the end of this week, and we have two in the form of Marveaux and Ba, who are the other two? Hopefully we’ll know very soon.

After beating Liverpool to the signature of Marveaux at the back end of last week it is reported that Dalglish is “fuming”, so it would make it even sweeter if we made it two in two and stole Ryad Boudebouz from under their nose. Well we can all hope, even you Bobby 😉

Would you like to see Ryan on Tyneside next season?

81 thoughts on “Boudebouz on the move?

  1. I agree on the club needing to make an effort to halt the exodus. Trouble is, will these players who’ve become used to ruling the roost be amenable to any deal that is reasonable from the club’s point of view?

    Anyone got any idea of how reliable all the stuff about Jonas is? I was offline a couple of days and saw the tail-end of stuff about him being shown the door, but I’m hoping it was all just rumour.


  2. thanks dickie – i didn’t like te say out incase he had a string of onions hanging roond his gregory – i dont like to offend anyone if i can help it like.

    but i do think it would be more appropriate if they’d signed for the mackems mind.


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