Three new signings on their way?

Amalfitano deal done?
The Independent is today reporting that Newcastle United are set to sign three new players to their ranks before Euro 2012 starts.

They report that Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano has already arrived in the North East to finalise a three year contract although it seems as if the deal between the two clubs was arranged back in February.

Amalfitano has helped his club to gain promotion to Ligue 1 but with his contract up this summer it follows the policy that Newcastle have employed – trying to secure value from an over-inflated transfer market – over the last couple of years.

Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been a long term target of Newcastle United and the article in The Independent states that talks have begun between the two clubs. However there will be competition for Mbiwa due to the fact that Montpellier have won their first ever Ligue 1 title but it seems as if he has indicated that he would prefer a move to Newcastle United.

It also seems that Newcastle are ready to raid Lille again after the successful transfer of Yohan Cabaye to the club during the summer of last year. This time they are targeting Mathieu Debuchy, a right-back, who bid an emotional farewell to the Lille supporters strongly indicating that he is departing the club that he has been at from the age of eight. With Cabaye being a good friend of Debuchy that seems set to strengthen their chances of signing the French international to the team.

If all these three signings as reported by the Independent come to fruition then Newcastle will have ten French-born players in their squad. The work of Graham Carr has been vital to this French revolution emerging at the club and shows how dipping into the French and Dutch markets the club is able to purchase quality players without having to spend massive amounts of money on each of them.

Although the window is not officially open, it is clear Newcastle are already making waves into the transfer market to sign the players who will add more quality to the side.

61 thoughts on “Three new signings on their way?

  1. ZOE aye it about sums up what a lot of rags ect seem to be reporting imo two of the three will happen at least,or we being lead up the garden path here

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  2. I’ll believe it when they are wearing B&W at SJP sorry πŸ™„

    Also, why does the transfer window start so late in the summer, why not the 1st June instead of the 1st july πŸ˜• πŸ˜•

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  3. Well as these 3 players are being speculated at in all the papers we can pretty much rule them out of signing for newcastle

    I’ll expect 3 players to be signed but completely different ones πŸ˜†

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  4. T69…Possibly, in part to do with the fact that most contracts run until the end of June, hence why we were still forking out hundreds of thousands to the leech that is Michael Owen long after the season finished πŸ‘Ώ

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  5. Isn’t Barnetta the one from last summer who said that our Β£40k a week offer was insulting to him? Seems like a nice bloke…

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  6. So if these deals go ahead. And we lose:
    Smith
    Lover
    Forster
    Guthrie
    Simpson

    And EVERYONE else stays (Best included, with Ranger being given one last “shot”).

    Would people be happy if the summer ended like that?

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  7. @Jon R
    What even if we didn’t sell Ba?
    Firstly, who? It can’t be someone already established as they would be on the bench.
    Secondly, we’re struggling to fit two strikers into the team, and you want another?!

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  8. DIFSB
    English players are diving, cheating, overrated, overpriced and greedy.

    1 month every two years is all i need to cheer on English players, after that I don’t care where our players come from (do enjoy having a geordie in the team in Saylor though).

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  9. ST – I agree with Jon. My only concern would be when Ba and Cisse are away, I just don’t think we have enough goalscoring threat with Best or Shola or any other striker on our books at the moment.
    Other than that, yeah I could live with that squad for next season like.

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  10. doitforsirbobby says:
    May 23, 2012 at 13:50
    is it a bad thing having over 10 french players in squad
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    Not when we finish 5th

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  11. I think we certainly need another striker, even if Ba stays. But that need pales in comparison to the defense.

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  12. I do agree with most of teh comments soo far on this article. There are things happening with the club. There will be massive changes in the summer as the contracts expire and players leave. The need for defenders are massive, 51 goals is too many to let in over just over 22 matches. We had 15 clean sheets so that need to be sorted. But I do not see us progressing with the attackers we have at the club presently. There is no chance that Cisse and Ba can alternate on the striker position next season, we need a new striker that can cover them well as injuries and africas cup will be a part of the season too sadly. The fact is that we do not have any striker that is good enough to fill the sengaleses shoes when they are missing. I would love it if we get 2 strikers one experienced one and a youth striker that can learn from the massive players we have in the squad nowadays. That would mean that Love, Shola and Best would have to leave to make room. On another point, we have so many more games next year, well over 50 if all goes as planned, this will need to have more of the youngsters in the first team, maybe should give them the carling cup with some experienced players, 4-5 on the pitch and full bench. well it will be massive season, and I am sure we do great both in the summer and next year. HWTL

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  13. Spot on MDS! We definitely need a full back and a centre half, and probably a young upcoming striker who is prepared to wait for a chance.

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  14. If he is anything like his brother, Morgan Amalfitano of Marseille, then we have signed a cracking player. Passing, dribbling, football brain the lot. Very classy attacking midfielder. I can see us building a layer of young gifted players, like understudies to the first 11. That young CB, Lewinski?? would be another. These players could step in for cup games next season, push the competition and if we sell someone they could be a ready made replacement. Some of them will probably be starting 11 players within their own right after a season or two. We will hopefully see more of Abeid next season as well.

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  15. A sensible solution Ice πŸ˜† Waste of space that lad. Has the world at his feet and throws it all away because he wants to be a ‘hardman’. Pathetic. Why give him any more chances? He has been at the club a while now and done nothing to suggest he is good enough at PL level.

    Regardless of whether Ba stays or not, we definitely need a good striker to compete with Shola when the lads are away for possibly 2 months of our season during a critical time in terms cups and leage positions. Not convinced Best will be here, as Pardew allowed Celtic to talk to him recently – suggesting he is not in the Toon’s long term plans…

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  16. Cant say I’m excited anou this Amafalitino??? player. Know nothing about him and cant use his brother as a gague, otherwise we could say Anton is just as good as Rio, which he’s not!

    Not disappointed either mind, trust the coaches & scouts judgement these days so we’ll see. Either way it’s another body in the door – just hope he makes the step up – big difference between French 2nd Division and the PL…

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  17. SHAMROCK not just playing,pardew is finished with him,i know a guy who works at benton he gets to know nowt like,but saw pardew go “at” him he just mucks about at training doesnt want to know about work

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  18. I hear ya Shamrock, but Carr hasn’t exactly missed on too many and they must rate this guy since they’ve been working on it since February.

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  19. Shamrock

    Aye but Carr isn’t interested in Anton Ferdinand mate, bit unfair to tar him with the same brush.

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  20. Funny really, you would think that for a lad that age with that kind of opportunity – they would knuckle down and work their b*ll*cks off to get in the team and become a massive star. He seems to think he’s already made it? Crazy muppet. So many 20 year olds out there would chew their own penis off for the chance NUFC has given him – yet he throws it back in their face oblivious of the responsibilities that come with such opportunities.

    Anyway – he’s not the first and wont be the last. … πŸ˜•

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  21. DGJ – I’m not taring with a brush mate. You cant assum he’s got great passing, dribbling and a football brain just because his brother has. That’s taring him with a brush….

    Simply saying I know nowt about him and there’s a big diffenernce between the leagues he’s leaving and coming into.

    I hope he’s excellent and do trust Carr – but certainly not going to start singing from the hilltops about the lad until I’ve actually seen what he can do…

    That’s fair enough isnt it?

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  22. Yes I can’t, but I can from the youtube videos of him and his goals from midfield. Thats not his brother is it.

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  23. Exactly Ice. Xisco looks mint on youtube. Get him back in the team quickly! Feck it, I’ll put a compilation of myselfon youtube and look even better. DGJ – Different standard of leagues matey – Chopra bangs ’em in in the Championship. Stick a video of him on you tube and he’ll look like the next Shearer – but we know he cant hit a barn door from 3 feet in the Prem…

    Not sure why you got so defensive – Only said I dont know the lad and wont trust any comparision with his brother. Nothing to get all uppetty about!

    You may well be right and I hope you are, he could be awesome. Time will tell… πŸ˜‰

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  24. Ice, don’t knock Wise’s scouting techniques- it landed us Xisco for a cool 6M didn’t it? πŸ˜‰

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  25. Shamrock ,Like you I don’t know much about him really ,and I hate judging players on youtube as only the best bits get put on .Having said that the video that DJG is refering to does show the lad in a great light ,from what I saw I was really impressed. What struck me was he needs no time to adjust once he gets the ball ,he just lets fly with brilliant long range shots ,quite clinical really ,bit like Cisse in that it seems instinctive .Put it this way I can see why Carr & co are so keen ,but as you say he still needs to make the step up ,but he does look good. πŸ˜‰

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  26. I don’t think any of us know a thing about Amalfitano. The fact it likely cost us less than nothing for a player Carr identified seems to make it a good signing in and of itself

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  27. icedog says:
    May 23, 2012 at 14:49

    SHAMROCK not just playing,pardew is finished with him,i know a guy who works at benton he gets to know nowt like,but saw pardew go β€œat” him he just mucks about at training doesnt want to know about work

    I was just wondering when was the last time that Ranger mucked about at training at Benton. I thought he was out on loan last season. It just goes to show that old prejudices die hard on this blog πŸ™

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  28. Okay then Rio is good and Anton is shit, so he must be shit. Personally I trust in Mr Carr that he will not be okay matey. πŸ˜‰

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  29. MDS i could make richietoon look good on u-tube,mind it would be a task and a half πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  30. SHAMROCK kna mate he played last couple of games for shef/wed,and scored too,hope that makes them sign him

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  31. DJG I never said he must be shit, just said I’m not getting excited about someone I know nothing about. Really got you wound up today eh? Looks like I caught me a flapper. Funny thing is I wasn’t even fishing? 😯

    Moving on… 😎

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  32. That would be his level Ice, speaking purely from a footballing perspective at this moment in time – just dont see how he is a Prem player just because he has a bit of pace. He does nothing productive with the ball and never will do at this level as like you pointed out – he has no desire to learn or graft.

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  33. If the rumours are true and we do snag these 3 players I will be more than impressed with the push we are doing, however we have taken in note some players are leaving but the players that accordingly are joining us can more than fill their positions πŸ™‚

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  34. the article in the Indy says – Amalfmitano in, that’s all.

    re. the other 2, it just repeats that we’ve been linked with em

    Not quite ‘three new signings on their way’

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  35. Anyone know if the Clyne talk is true.Apparently latest is he’s set to snub Manure in favor of Toon ?.

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  36. Ranger has to go for me aswell. The sale of Carroll should have been his time to say right, I’m never going to get an opportunity to make myself a first choice player for a premier league club and show the world what I’m about. We owe that kid nowt!!
    As for the French lad, I’m sure after all the trials we have offered players recently, they must be confident he has the ability and all goes he will have Tiote and Cabaye to learn from.

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  37. Not sure about Ranger myself, he has had a lot of chances and thrown them away. However, I do sympathise a little in the sense that I’m 23 nearly 24 and it’s only the last couple of years I’ve had a head on me to knuckle down and probably got a couple more f**k ups in me. People mature at different ages, did you not see his t-shirt “I’m a changed man” πŸ™„

    I think the question really is, is he good enough?

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  38. @52 – Difference is, he’s not the average 20 year old. He was given a once in a lifetime opportunity that most people can only ever dream about. If he cant use that as a prompt to grow up and knuckle down then who’s to say he everwill?

    In terms of ability – again he’s not good enough for this level. League 1 is his level and he has no chance of getting any better as a player unless he drastically changes his attitude in and application…

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  39. I think we have given Ranger more than enough chances to be honest ,not sure the lad will ever grasp the reality of how lucky he is to A. have a talent and B.get the chance to express it at a club such as Newcastle .

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  40. To be fair I doubt his ability at the top but he has looked a handful a couple of times when he has played in prem.

    I’m just thinking with my youth worker head, I guess I’m trained to think that people need as many chances as they need to get things right some just need a bigger push than others.

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  41. Ranger should be told to leave, the club arnt a charity. Growing up in his situation should have made him even more appreciative.

    Dunno how this blog became about him, he isn’t worth mentioning really.

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  42. Very difficult to imagine Ranger changing drastically enough to be much use to us. His attitude just doesn’t fit in with the way the club is run now. We have bigger fish to fry so try to sell him to Blackpool again or some club with more money. Will be glad to see the back of him. Agree with others who say we need a CB, fullback and another striker to complement what we have. Throw in an attacking CM as well if we can find the right one. Netherlands didn’t look great defensively against Bayern yesterday which should open their manager’s eyes. Does Hodgson have enough time to get England ready? He had better have some rabbits ready to pull out of a hat or his tenure will be short indeed.

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  43. Saw Pardew’s comments about the club’s ambitions for next year. He says finishing fifth again is very unlikely but we will aim for a top 8 finish and a run in a cup. I assume he is trying to cool down expectations but have to admit I’m a little disappointed in him saying that. Being realistic Chelsea will probably re-load and be a much better side but surely we can give Spurs a run for their money and Arsenal seem a little vulnerable as well especially if they can’t re-sign van Persie. Does this suggest we are going to lose at least one of our stars this summer? Would have to think so especially to fund any incoming using the Ashley method. Bring on July and let’s see what happens.

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  44. Firstly a great season for the boys. Pardew, well deserved praise for manager of the season. No fan can disagree with that. Secondly @Toon69… Read the news… Amalfitano has sealed a move to Toon. The reason the window doesn’t open until July 1st is that, most players contracts end on 30th June. You have have a rotation date in business to set your deals by, or the beaurocracy would be a nightmare. Thirdly Ranger has to go. I think he was the only negative press I read in the whole of last season, regarding Newcastle united. Well, maybe except the W**ker, dirty bully, Barton. 5th was an amazing result this season. We are looking forward to europian football. Next season I’m hoping we finish in the top eight, have a good run in all of the cups and maybe sneak a cheeky final (which I WILL be at). Two years ago we were in the Championship, being a consistent top half team for the next few years has to be the dream. Anything more is a bonus. Haway the Lads!

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  45. nice to see the club being actively involved in transfers straight away. I would be happy with these two, Yanga-Mbiwa and Debuchy. Amalfitano seems a good prospect by all accounts

    lol barton should be sacked by QPR, what a loser πŸ™„

    any news on the fallout between Ashley and Pards? Or has troys source, the Geordie dancer been pulling his leg again πŸ˜†

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