Toon line up Bordeaux defender

Michael Ciani - The latest French link

Michael Ciani - The latest French link
Talking in his pre-match press conference yesterday, manager Alan Pardew said he has been given the green light by Mike Ashley to bring in a new centre-half.

We all know we are short in that area since Steven Taylor’s season ending injury. Whilst confirming that one player will definitely be coming in – thought to be Modibo Maiga, he also told the Chronicle that he is free to bring in a centre-half:

“Mike asked me when am I going to get a centre-half.” Pardew said. “It’s about making sure we get the right one. When you look at centre-halves it is easy to get it wrong. You can look at David Luiz, who is finding it difficult, he was £18million and he didn’t play the last game. So it doesn’t matter what you spend, you have to get the right one.”

So good news there, and Pardew is right when he says it’s about making sure we get the right one, whether that be a player with Premier League experience or another Graham Carr special – talking of Graham Carr specials…

According to FootMercato we are interested in Bordeauxs centre-half Michael Ciani. The 27-year old Frenchman joined Bordeaux in 2009 and was described as ‘collosal’ by manager Francis Gillot after his first season at the club but has since lost his place in the team and has looked a shadow of his former self the last few months.

On the front of it Michael looks like he has all the attributes to make it in the Premier League, standing at 6′ 2″ he can handle the physical side of things but the question has to be asked as to why he’s struggled for past few months. If Graham Carr does think Ciani is the man to get then who are we to argue? But looking at it, it looks like he’s only been lined with us because the player is from France.

A defender we’ve been linked with for a while now, Taye Taiwo, has been told that AC Milan won’t stand in his way if he wants to leave. Taiwo give an interview earlier in the week expressing his unhappiness at not being part of the first team this season and that he didn’t want that to continue for too long.

Milan’s vice-president Adriano Galliani responded by saying: “I’ve not read Taiwo’s interview, but I will. If the player wants to be sold then we’ll look to find a solution that suits everybody.”

So there’s a new name to add to the every growing list. I don’t know much about Ciani but Taiwo on the other hand I would love for us to sign, but it’s whether he wants regular football at a top seven Premier League team on a good wage or go to somewhere like Turkey, an average league but earning A LOT of money.

As ever the rumours continue…

24 thoughts on “Toon line up Bordeaux defender

  1. Not convined by this lad to be honest. Another Boumsong… As for Taiwo, apparently Arsenal are sniffing around him. If that’s the case then we are out of the running.


  2. Only words, but good ones all the same from Pards regarding Tiote in the Journal today.

    Well up for this game tomorrow now!! HWTL!!!


  3. Aye TC!

    Down in the shithole that is – sam jacks. Then probably booze again after the football – probably the Porcie arms.

    TC – Just read the Journo’s article and it shows Newcastle’s transfer dealings (past and future) in a light that i’ve always seen them.

    A lot of people expect Tiote to go…. I don’t. At least not in January. he’s far too settled in the toon and he’s not known as a materialistic person.

    There would have to be a stupid money bid for him in January for Mike and Derek to sell him and I’m talking 40mill upwards. If they managed to get 35mill for Carroll then 40mill should be no probs for the talent that is our midfield destroyer.

    Pardew wants to keep him and Cheick wants to stay, that’s in our favour. Fergie has spent loads lately and Roman is going to be wary after slpashing out 50 mill on Torres. After that maybe some loaded russian club might want to make a bid but that’s an outside chance.

    Not sure why I’ve just typed a load about cheick tiote when we’re meant to discuss Ciani. Sorry.

    Mad as a bottle of crisps. 😐


  4. Nobs – I don’t think he’ll go either mate.

    But then again, I’ve always been of the opinion that life’s a lot more fun when you look on the bright side.

    People (mention no names) will try and tell you that you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment with that attitude, but we manged to come out smelling of roses after falling in the bucket of shit that was selling Nolan and Barton *spits with disgust at the very thought of that horrible cretin*.


  5. New one on me – not heard of the guy. There again I’d never heard of Tiote or Enrique before him. The French guy with the funny M’pango yanna sort of name sounds interesting but not watching french football I’ll just trust Carr.
    Off topic altogether – heard an interview with a League 1 chairman. When asked if he paid any attention to fan’s websites and blogs, he said, “No not personally but someone at the club does. All the big clubs do. They take these sites very seriously.” He then added something about gauging fans opinions from them and somewhat patronisingly, said, “You can pick up some amazing ideas from the fans.”
    So there you have it. Some minnion appointed by Derek is actually reading these posts and reporting back to Dekka. Who knows he might even be a poster on the site. It might be me. It might be you. Maybe Toonsy’s an Owlheed invention!


  6. That’s a scary thought Georgio. 😯

    By the way, has anyone noticed how the media still calls our ground St James’ Park?



  7. Anyone seen the news of bendtner and cattermole arrests following a moronic smashing up of cars in the toon?

    Absolutley pathetic, its a shame sunderland is such a shithole otherwise they could of just went for a pint around there. 😆



  8. Going back to what I said earlier at least Dekka knows how horrible WE can be!
    On to the only topic worth discussing – 3pm tomorrow. In the absence of decent wingers, if AP insists on sticking to 442 then I’d go with Benny on the right who can skin any defender and Ferguson on the left. The kid’s tenacious, can dribble, good crosser and will track back all day. If Tiote isn’t fit then it has to be Medhi who is streets ahead of all our other kids. 2-0!


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  10. Well that would be yet another toon transfer window anti climax wouldnt it!!!
    Never even seen or heard of this cowboy and as he’s 27 – if he’s any good would have thought so by now.
    Asides from anything, we need a player ready to go straight away. A player with premier league experience. Can see this kid being one of GCs little gems like


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