Haidara confirmed, Sissoko on way plus a bid made for Thauvin

Welcome to NUFC, Massadio Haidara
Welcome to NUFC, Massadio Haidara
Newcastle have secured their third signing in as many days as Massadio Haidara joins from Ligue 1 club Nancy.

The 20-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal at St James’ Park and becomes United’s fourth signing of the January transfer window following the recent additions of Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran.

The fee, although officially undisclosed, is believed to be in the region of £3 million although Haidara is expected to be used as cover for Davide Santon first and foremost with an eye on him developing for the future. Not exactly a “development squad” player as such, more of a backup player who can step in. Hopefully anyway…

Haidara has represented France at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level and has already notched up over 50 competitive appearances in club football which isn’t bad for a 20-year-old. He will wear the number 19 shirt recently vacated by Demba Ba.

Speaking to the club website, Haidara admitted it was the desire of United to sign the youngster which helped sway the decision.

“It was the desire of the club to sign me up which was the most important factor. It was nothing to do with the league position,” Massadio revealed.

“It was really all about the club’s desire and willingness to sign me up. Also, I like the club’s ambition to strengthen the whole team so we can improve our league position. That’s what appealed to me so I didn’t hesitate,” he added.

Meanwhile, as has become customary, Alan Pardew also had his say on the signing.

“Massadio is very highly-thought of in France and he’s somebody who our scouting team have been greatly impressed by,” said Pardew.

He added: “At the age of 20, he will only continue to get better but he’s already played a lot of games in his country’s top division and represented France at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level. He’s strong and quick and we’re looking forward to seeing him develop here.”

Meanwhile, in other transfer news, it seems as though Moussa Sissoko is on his way to Newcastle after his current club revealed on their website that a deal had been agreed for this transfer window and not in the summer as had been suggested by some.

He is apparently on his way to Newcastle as we speak and a deal is expected to be announced tomorrow with a fee being mentioned of £1.8 million which isn’t too bad for a player who as recently as one year ago was being touted around at values upwards of £15 million.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, one of those French gadgies that has called most things right this window has revealed that the president of Bastia has received a €3 million offer from Newcastle for their attacking midfielder Florian Thauvin which he is considering.

With all these signings it’s becoming like a French football advent calender!

270 thoughts on “Haidara confirmed, Sissoko on way plus a bid made for Thauvin

  1. Troy I woulded lose too much sleep if he shuns me, funny I have spoke to him a few times and he has ignored me 😀 or maybe he just missed my posts 😉

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  2. Fckin hell, always thought Ranger was a bit of a joke and was wasting his life by messing around, but rape? Jesus wept 😕

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  3. BD – Calm down, dear. 😉

    First you seem to know what a fair value for the club is. I don’t know how you know that.

    Second, you seem to miss my point. Its like the manager argument. You joined in the kicking with Troy for weeks for me to name top managers because you ridiculed my view that there would be loads of top managers who would walk over hot coals for this plum job. You said we couldn’t get a better manager than Pardew in the whole world whilst Ashley is here. That is because he treats managers, players and fans like dirt. How has Ashley treated Pardew like dirt? How did he treat Allardyce and Hughton like dirt for that matter? All managers know that sacking is part and parcel of the job. How has he treated players like dirt?

    Perhaps you don’t believe we could get top managers better than Pardew with or without ashley? If you do believe we could get them without Ashley, you could no doubt name names. All I’m saying is that, if those managers would come without him, they would also come whilst Ashley is here. That’s because I don’t yet see your evidence that he treats managers and players like dirt.

    If you believe there are top investors out there who would pay what you think is a fair price for the club, why not name them? If you can’t name anyone out there who would step in and pay your price, what you consider to be a realistic price, then how do you know there are any? If you can name one, how do you know they’d be better than Ashley? Presumably you’ve got their credentials?

    I don’t know how you can call me a wum for asking such simple questions after you hounded me for weeks as Troy’s sidekick, fella. 😕

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  4. BD – I may have ignored posts that concerned Troy. I wouldn’t ignore anyone who is prepared to discuss something reasonably. If our opinions differ, fair enough. If I don’t understand someone’s reasoning, or if I think they’re being inexplicably harsh in pursuing someone, then I’ll try to get to the bottom of it. I know you agree with Troy most times, but I just hope you don’t pick up his traits because he’s impossible to have a sensible exchange with.

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  5. And on the subject of Younes Belhanda, Montpellier’s much sought after playmaker, he said: “No, no no. We are not on any French case, so you can cut all the French players out. You should go to Newcastle!”

    LMAO wenger. 😆 😆

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  6. George Caulkin [email protected]
    Confirmed: Coloccini stays. #Nufc

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  7. Great news about Colo. Now we can feel a lot stronger going in to the next few weeks. Would still like to see another forward player arrive.

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  8. Where did this quote from the Sun come from…………..

    Gouffran : “It is the club i needed to, why not, be a springboard to look elsewhere afterwards. You never know.

    WTF. ?

    Anyone else seen / read this ?

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  9. @LukeEdwardsTele: Coloccini will remain at #NUFC confirms Pardew. “It’s given everybody a lift.. He knows the responsibility he has to the club and its fans”

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  10. (THIS IS A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING. THIS POSTER IS LIABLE TO DISAGREE WITH YOUR POINT OF VIEW. ONLY ENGAGE IF YOU AREN’T SENSITIVE AND DON’T TAKE HISSY FITS)

    There goes the teddy bear. 😛 😛

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  11. Stays as captain? Hmm….Guess that depends on Colo’s mindset. Still think it’s more loyalty than he deserves in keeping him captain, not to mention he only displays average ability-or good ability when things are going well..

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  12. Still I suppose you can’t strip it if you convince him to stay….anyway I’ll come back to this point and whine about it if we get relegated, or claim a glorious triumph if it works out….like a few others on here lately 😉 😎

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    Careful Dave, he’ll be phoning you up at 11pm when the kids are in bed next and he won’t understand if you don’t agree with him.

    Its strange cos Mrs Stavers thought I was reasonable on the phone. If he phones you Dave, male sure your wife witnesses it. 🙂

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  14. Potentially an incredible line-up really…

    If only we had a manager I had faith in to implement them properly.

    _____________________Krul______________________

    Debuchy______Mbiwa_________Coloccini_______Santon

    ____________________Tiote_______________________

    ______________Sissoko____Cabaye_________________

    ___Ben Arfa_________________________Gouffran______

    ____________________Cisse_______________________

    Subs: Elliot, Saylor, Raylor, Haidara, Anita, Marveaux, Shola.

    Not one English player in that line-up. One on the bench I don’t really want there! 😯

    Sell Willo and promote Good. Sell Simpson and promote Tavenier. Buy new Striker and keep Shola for Mackems.

    Blistering pace on either wing, with players that are both goal threats.

    Wingbacks that have pace and can provide width and creativity.

    Two solid intelligent centre backs that know how to pass from the back.

    A destroyer of a defensive midfielder.

    A powerhouse box to box midfielder whose can drive forward with strong running ability and has a good pass and shot.

    A tenacious creative midfielder who can take a superb freekick and can pick a good pass from deep.

    A striker who can score spectacular goals and get on the end of lose ends (poacher).

    On the bench we have a versatile midfielder high on workrate with a neat pass who can also play fullback. A powerhouse passionate defender very strong in the air, some creativity and brains in Marvauex, some solid squad players and Shola (still not sure what he offers 😀 )

    Looks superb on paper. But my confidence in Pardew is so low… Guess only time can tell.

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  15. Looks like we’ve failed to get Category 1 status for the academy 😯

    Wayne Veysey [email protected]
    The Premier League has completed its audit of 22 clubs who applied for their academies to have leading Category 1 status. Details to come…

    Wayne Veysey [email protected]
    1/2 18 clubs succeeded in their Category One aim: #MUFC, #MCFC, #CFC, #AFC, #THFC, #LFC, #EFC, #AVFC, #WBAFC, #NCFC, #BWFC, #SAFC, #FFC…

    Wayne Veysey [email protected]
    2/2 ..#saints, #WHUFC, #SCFC, #boro, #WWFC. Four of the 22 missed out – #NUFC, #BRFC, #CPFC & #RFC – limiting their ability to nurture stars

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  16. Chris G – what are the actual implications on that ?

    How will things change and what are we missing out on?

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  17. If we sign Sissoko I’d expect to see him on the left side. from watching the clips on YouTube he seems to play predominantly down the left channel. His stile of play is what we need too, he drives forward with pace and power. Could be very exciting!

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  18. From Pardew (c/o nufc):

    “He has shown fantastic loyalty to continue playing and see us through to the summer at the very least.

    It’s a situation that me and Colo have been on a personal journey, to make sure that he understands that he has a big responsibility here to fans and to families of this Club.

    This Club has been relegated once before and people lost their jobs here. We need in and around us, and I’m pleased to say he has agreed to accept that.”

    Was he thinking of himself potentially in that last paragraph!! 🙂

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  19. B&B
    Can’t believe you brought up the manager issue when you refuse to grasp a key point.
    It’s not just “are there better managers out there” course there are, but would Ashley pay for them?
    Judging by the appointments of Kinnear, then Hughton, then Pardew it suggests not.

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  20. Lee Ryder

    Moussa Sissoko close to completion. Hopefully an announcement later today. Not much more to say on that for now #nufc

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    Trumpet

    He won’t get it, seriously, you will bang your head against the wall if you keep going. 😯

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  22. (THIS IS A GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING. THIS POSTER IS LIABLE TO DISAGREE WITH YOUR POINT OF VIEW. ONLY ENGAGE IF YOU AREN’T SENSITIVE AND DON’T TAKE HISSY FITS)

    “took the mother of all hissy fits, ranting on the phone for three or four minutes, not letting me speak, calling me a tool then hanging up.”

    wooo hooo hoooo

    so big, cool as a cucumber Troy does suffer from hissy-fits 😆 hypocrite!

    lol that made my day. Thanks B&B

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    @Mark

    😉

    You are doing exactly what I would do. The only thing is B&B will take it as if you are supporting him. 😛

    I know you are really on my side 😛 😛

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  24. So now Nile Ranger is arrested for rape 👿 If this is true ,the book must be thrown at him and a long spell inside .As a female this is a most heinous crime in my eyes and just shows his ego is out of control. I hate this guy with a fucking passion and the club must get shot now .He has dragged the club into the shit yet again after a couple of very positive days and it’s utter shitty behaviour. God only knows what our new signings and our more religious guys make of this latest arrest ,Ashley and Co must be furious after all their efforts that he sees fit to behave like this when he’s just got back on the bench. He will never learn and is a waste of space who offers nothing to humanity.

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    😛

    I’m a supporter of neither m8. Just thankful B&B shed some light on the real troy

    wooo hoo hooo 😉

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  26. Lads can we stop with these fucking disclaimer thing please? People get it after months of it and it’s starting to piss me off. I looked at the recent comments and all I could see was disclaimers. Pack it in.

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  27. Kim – Aye rapists are vile but I think it’s important to remember that people are innocent until proven guilty.

    If he is guilty the throw the book at him and let him rot.

    But it’s also equally likely some slapper is trying to on to get some money/publicity. It wouldn’t be the first time it’s been tried on a footballer.

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  28. Well I hope we don’t announce the signing of Sissoko until sunday or monday now as I don’t want that news being shared with the Ranger news on SSN 😳 🙄 👿 The lad and club don’t deserve that.

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  29. Toonsy ,Aye that’s possible that’s why I said if ,but he’s like a rotten stink around the place and it would be nice just once to see him in the news for something positive. 😉

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  30. I’m with you there Kim. I just don’t understand why we don’t bin the kid. It’s not like he’s any good. We need him out of the club altogether.

    Now . . . after that . . . what an unbelievable week it’s been. If Sissoko signs and it looks like it, that’s my wish list fulfilled. Thats 3 top drawer players in. Know nothing about Haidara or Gouffran but at the prices paid – fair enough.

    Missed a trick not getting Zarate on loan from Lazio. He’s fallen out with the coach. £5m price tag.

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    @Toonsy

    No probs fella. I have had mine up for months as it seems to keep the hissy fitters away.

    The only one I keep it up for now is B&B.

    Mark is just having a laugh and will take his down.

    I will take mine down as well. 😉

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  32. Troyston – To be fair, Mark was only having a laugh, as you are of course. But I think everyone has moved on now and the time has come for it to be binned 🙂

    See I can be reasonable. Remember when I’d have just banned you 😆

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  33. We’ve come along way together Toonsy. We’ve been through some trials and tribulations.
    I feel we’ve got an understanding of one another.

    Can you ban that Mark!!!! 😛 😛 😛

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  34. @toonsy. I cant feel in anymore m8, im so baggy hooped. 😯

    we’ve come along way together blah blah licky blah. 😆 aye but he’s always hated you 😉 . we all had a go at toonsy for banning you as it was humiliating watching you befriending the enemies on Eds site, only for them to bully you too.. 😆

    youre going back to the old troy. Man up already 😛

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  35. I remember that Mark. You begged me incessantly 😛 😛 😛

    Got to admit like, I know you deeply admire me for my no nonsense approach. 😛 😛

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