Newcastle United have entered talks this weekend with Montpellier for the transfer of Ryad Boudebouz according to reports on Saturday morning.

Over in France, Canal+ have said that their information is that Newcastle are now having talks with the French club to try and finalise a deal for the playmaker.

Ryad Boudebouz is a bit of a Ligue 1 veteran when it comes to being linked with Newcastle United, he was first named over four years ago as a player who NUFC were allegedly interested in.

The Algerian international (came on as a sub on Tuesday as Algeria beat Guinea 2-1) was then at Sochaux back in 2013, before moving on to Bastia, then finally Montpellier two summers ago.

Like every other transfer story you treat this one with caution until proved otherwise but it is feasible that there could be genuine interest from Newcastle on this one.

This past (2016/17) season saw the playmaker, score 11 goals and grab nine assists in 33 Ligue 1 starts for Montpellier, with two goals and 11 assists the previous (2015/16) season. With 70 Ligue 1 starts (pus one as sub) for Montpellier, to be involved in 33 league goals is impressive, especially for a struggling side.

Montpellier paid just over £1m to Bastia in 2015 and the 27 year old was linked with a Newcastle move as recently as the January 2017 transfer window.

However, the French media claimed that Montpellier had made clear to  Newcastle that they intended to keep Ryad Boudebouz until the end of the season, to both ensure they wouldn’t be relegated and potentially get a much better price in the summer transfer window.

No reminders needed I guess that the last two signings from Montpellier didn’t work out too well – Mapou Yangia-Mbiwa and Remy Cabella.

Maybe Ryad Boudebouz could be the one to buck the trend, if there is substance to the transfer story.



  • Rich Lawson

    We need better than this no more from France,can we not get some English grafters with Prem’ experience in for a change please ? Aren’t the released lists coming out soon ?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      the lists were published yesterday

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed mate! No more Carr French follies for me. In fact how is he still at the club?

    • NUFCDan

      ‘English grafters with Prem’ experience’ you mean like Colback? I’d rather take a punt on finding the next Cabaye.

      • Rich Lawson

        No,somebody like Shawcross ?

        • NUFCDan

          Why would Shawcross leave an established Premier league team with international players like Shaqiri and Arnautovic to come here? And why would Stoke sell him? Never going to happen.

          • Rich Lawson

            Because presumably we would offer a longer contract than them at higher wages for what would be his last decent move ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Just who is handling the transfers at Newcastle, i get more suspicious every day because this has Carr written all over it

    • Clarko

      You do realise that Graham Carr is head scout at Newcastle right? He will have some involvement in every transfer at Newcastle United.

      • Porciestreet

        “Whomsoever he scouts, must still have Raffa’s stamp of approval…! surely.

        • Clarko

          That is believed to be the case, yes.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        i know he is & he`s Toxic as long as he`s there Rafa is`nt 100% in charge
        even an idiot can see that !

        • Clarko

          What do you mean by “in charge”, specifically?

  • Geordiegiants

    Any French signing is a possibility with Carr on the scene. He hasn’t just vanished out of thin air.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      that would be correct

      • Geordiegiants

        People will start saying we are blaming Carr etc etc, but he is still here in his role, so as much as Rafa is in control of who comes in and out, the chatty man is still obviously scouting the players to give to Rafa.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Yip he isn`t sitting around drinking T

        • Porciestreet

          So long as Raffa has the last word, does it matter.?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            well it `s certainly questionable to say the least

          • HarryHype59

            It does if Carr is scouting 1m players in a weak league.

        • HarryHype59

          That’s what worries me. Carr’s judgement has been flawed for some time. I anticipated Rafa having his own network.

    • Paul Smith

      He isn’t French. He’s Algerian.

      • Geordiegiants

        French leagues is what I meant. He will probably be French Algerian anyway.

  • grantham mag

    MERDE !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Damon Horner

    On logic it looks like some of the fanbase would have chosen Colback over Zidane.

    I know French based players typifies the Graham Carr profile but at least ser what these players are capable of before we judge the sense in signing any of them.

    For the record as well since we’ve normally signed players of a certain profile we will get linked to them, most will be non-stories

    • Geordiegiants

      How many Zidanes are out there? Everyone knows we have to search high and low for the new Kante or Mahrez, but we keep signing the same dross from the same place over and over.

      • Damon Horner

        Zidane signed from Bordeaux in his 20’s after we dismissed him as not good enough. If his era was now and he was linked with us we’d dismiss him as a fanbase also. If a player who could go on to be as good as him playing today was linked with us we’d dismiss it as “the same dross”.

        Kante and Mahrez? We’d have been upset at that too.

        You’re looking at what a player became but they were not that before they made that significant move.

        My point is we really don’t know the potential of these guys yet and we’re writing them off before anything has even happened. Football is just like every most sports in the sense that it is not just about the raw potential but all about how to harness it and release that potential.

        • Geordiegiants

          So your answer is to just keep buying the same sh’te over and over until we find the next Zizou, Kante or Mahrez?

          • Damon Horner

            This isn’t a situation where you buy aimlessly until you get lucky, there is such a thing as diligence and strategy and historically this has been far apart between Chief Scout and manager.

            My answer is to trust Rafa’s judgement. If we buy a player not good enough he won’t play, then we can complain, if he is good enough, he could be a difference maker for us then then nationality won’t be an issue will it? My point is don’t just judge them because they’re French because they might be a Lacazette not a Guivarc’h.

            Seriously though, if you know for a footballing reason why this is a bad player then tell me your analysis? I don’t know much about him.

  • HarryHype59

    I am surprised Ashley hasn’t contacted French immigration in order to ban Carr out of the country. Let’s hope this is more speculative nonsense. .

    • giimps

      Ashley will be quite happy with Carr, the profits made from Sissoko, debuchy, Cabaye far outweigh the monies lost on the likes of that in and Cabella…..we got Gouffy for 500k and he is improved under Rafa (as are quite a few others) buying French players wasn’t Carrs problem ,the problem was not buying the players we needed for the positions we needed to strengthen , Carr is the one who gives the names, it’s the club who chose which players on the list to go for to make the biggest profit.
      Rafa will get a list too, but profit won’t come into it as he’s buying parts for a machine, the better the parts for the machine, the better chance the parts won’t break down and the machine will work as required.

      • HarryHype59

        The “successes” you mention were at the earlier stages of the French blue print. Carr’s more recent French acquisitions have been underwhelming. Saivet, Thauvin, Cabella, Riviere Mbia were all loss making duds that contributed to yet another relegation.

        • giimps

          Not success, profit, imho there are very few french contingent who can be deemed a success but a few can be deemed as profitable

  • Albert Stubbins

    as a rule of thumb with Newcastle signings over recent years- if the pronunciation is difficult they’re normally s*ite!

  • Alreet

    Please give the french market a miss for a few years. Saivet. Sissoko. Riviere. Cabella. Toe van.

    No more unpronouncables or slackers please.

  • Lhc

    Another stab in the dark signing if it happens, not overly impressed with our targets so far, where’s the premier league experience that was mentioned.

  • Sammy Sadaoui

    A creative player, i’m sure he will do well in the premier league