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Pardew ‘determined’ to land French midfielder?

Posted on March 1st, 2012 | 22 Comments |

Benjamin Corgnet - Newcastle United target?
In the frame for the Toon?
Newcastle United are being once again linked with Benjamin Corgnet and if reports about a French radio station are correct, Pardew is determined to get his man.

Rumours are circulating one again about our interest in Dijon midfielder Benjamin Corgnet. I’m not entirely sure why they’ve started up again at this stage of the season but the consensus in the press is that he’s likely to move to Newcastle in the summer.

We did make a bid for him in January, about which Dijon Coach Patrice Carteron said:

He stays. We had a direct approach from Newcastle but Benjamin is of the same opinion as us, and wants to continue to complete a full season in Ligue 1.

At the end of the season, of course, he will be allowed to leave. It is a good thing for him to be able to stabilise at the highest level. Newcastle’s offer was very high.

Very high eh? I wonder what sort of offer that was. According to ‘transfermarkt’ he’s valued at approximately £3.1m, although I’m still not sure where transfermarkt gets its valuations from because the French press have been talking in terms of €8m-10m.

As far as I can establish, 24 year-old Corgnet prefers a defensive midfield role but his 8 goals in 23 Ligue 1 appearances for Dijon this season shows that he can find the net too.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa have also been linked with Corgnet but perhaps the biggest threat comes from Lyon. In mid-February Corgnet said of Lyon:

Lyon is the city where I grew up, where all my family and all my friends are. Over the past ten years, they had a very enviable record and even though there is less talk of them today it is one of the nicest teams in the championship. They adopted a new strategy with Remi Garde. It is a strategy that pays. I heard that there was some stuff with Lyon, but I have not been approached directly.

French radio station RMC Sports has apparently since reported that Alan Pardew is supposedly “determined to sign the player”, although I drew a blank when trying to find any recording or transcript of the RMC Sports’ feature. Not that it would have helped if I did: my grade 4 CSE struggles with written French as it is but, combined with my ropey ears (or ‘ignorance’, as my wife calls it), my verbal French is appalling.

Usual warnings about gossip apply. It sounds like we certainly did bid for him in January, but where it goes from here is anyone’s guess.

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22 Responses

  1. Exactly what role and position is a player of this type & quality expected to play at NUFC?
    If (as expected) Pardew sticks to 4-4-2 (2 midfield & 2 wingers) I see neither an existing or anticipated vacancy – so would he join or replace Guthrie, Gosling, Benny etc as reserves?
    We need players who can step straight into the team & strengthen it – most urgently 2 quality defenders.

  2. goodoldjimgold says:
    March 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

    “Twinned with York Dijon is.”

    York is famous for it’s ham and Dijon is famous for it’s mustard, they are often twinned together too.

  3. Supermac says:
    March 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

    ” We need players who can step straight into the team & strengthen it – most urgently 2 quality defenders.”

    I was looking forward to watching Vertonghen for the Netherlands yesterday evening but he didn’t play. That Pieters chap did though but he was average.

  4. Alas, Vertonghen seems destined for north london – but Pieters would suit us.

    And Dijon is rubbish – stick to good hot english mustard (freshly mixed from powder) on ham. superb!

  5. maze202 says:
    March 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    “Don’t know if you have to be registered to watch this, but the Fifa generator is predicting our match this week:”

    Is that the secret of your current success in the prediction league maze? ;-)

  6. We can expect more stories like this I suppose as we move towards the end of the season and the wonderful period for the press and tv media that is called the “summer transfer window”!

    I can understand United looking at midfielders, or players in any position really, as it’s no good judging our scouting activity against our current squad because we have no idea how many of them will be the subject of bids from the media’s so-called “bigger” clubs and how many will be allowed to leave by the recently-more-trim CB if the money is right.

    We can only hope that “recently-more-trim boy” is getting a taste for the upper echelons of the EPL and has an investment plan aimed at the red n blue graffiti daubed on our ground providing free adverts across europe……

  7. UTD111 says:
    March 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    “We can expect more stories like this I suppose as we move towards the end of the season and the wonderful period for the press and tv media that is called the “summer transfer window”!

    …We can only hope that “recently-more-trim boy” is getting a taste for the upper echelons of the EPL and has an investment plan aimed at the red n blue graffiti daubed on our ground providing free adverts across europe……”

    I may be cynical UTD111, but I think the constant speculation linking us with other players is a distraction from other issues for the fans, and that’s what “recently-more-trim boy” wants us to think.

  8. avatar workyticket says:
    March 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    “Is that the secret of your current success in the prediction league maze? ;-)”

    Nah I do all my own predictions, the generator doesn’t know about injuries and doesn’t take home or away into account I don’t think. I did consider copying all the predictions and seeing how well it worked out though :D

  9. maze202 & the Fifa generator – I’d be more inclined to believe 2-0 if it was more realistic – for a start it says Newcastle United on the stand!

  10. I dont get it, when our obvious need is to strengthen the back four, with a top CD and two decent FB’s.
    Why are we looking at midfielders?
    Unless Corgnet and whats his name Amalfitano ? are about to replace both Gosling and Guthrie?
    Seems Jonas and Santon are complimenting each other on the left, but the RW remains a problem, certainly Obertan
    is not the answer and for some reason HBA is not a choice for that role (he does’nt play defense)
    I believe Jr. Hoilett could fill that role, we should make an attempt to get him during the summer, though there’s quite a bit of interest from others.
    Six in Six out, then onward and upward, the Barcelona of the EPL.

  11. chuck says:
    March 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    “I dont get it, when our obvious need is to strengthen the back four, with a top CD and two decent FB’s.”

    I don’t know Chuck, though perhaps factors such as potential for resale at a profit are as important as strengthening the squad in certain areas?

    Supermac says:
    March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    “I’d be more inclined to believe 2-0 if it was more realistic – for a start it says Newcastle United on the stand!”

    You want them to update it immediately with the new Sports Direct signage Supermac?

  12. “Newcastle’s offer was very high.”

    Going on the evidence of all the Newcastle United bids for players I’ve seen since we came back to the Premiership, that just doesn’t sound right at all.

  13. chuck says “Six in Six out” – the only ones we could get out are ones that we want to keep – the 6 I want out nobody else wants!

  14. @13 Chuck

    We will have Marveaux back soon if we’re lucky. He looked alright. If he doesn’t get injured again.

  15. Isn’t Cisse’s ‘price’ (& therefore offer) considered high?
    & didn’t ‘we’ offer a damned sight more for him in the summer transfer window?

  16. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    March 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    “Isn’t Cisse’s ‘price’ (& therefore offer) considered high?
    & didn’t ‘we’ offer a damned sight more for him in the summer transfer window?”

    No and no Clint, he’s a quality hitman worth around £12-14 million. We offered around £7 million last summer though they were desperate to hang on back then, and I do recall that there were reports of higher bids. We eventually purchased him for a fee of up to £9 million from a distressed seller who’s now facing relegation to the second tier of German football, although £10 million has been erroneously reported by some.

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