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Champions League Defeat Hands Newcastle Chance To Land Targets

8 years ago

The next ten days or so will hopefully see some last ditch attempts to strengthen a Newcastle squad which is already feeling the strain.

Yohan Cabaye/Kebab looks to be on his way and surely a no show at home to West Ham would confirm that.

Yoann Gourcuff

However, rumours continue that a couple of his countrymen could be brought in with the proceeds of any Kebab departure.

As seems the norm now at Newcastle, events beyond Pardew and his team’s control, or indeed anybody else left at St.James’ Park, could be the biggest factor in dictating what happens in the remains of this transfer window.

A ‘Real’ positive is that Spanish club Sociedad defeated Lyon 2-0 on French soil, meaning that playmaker Yoann Gourcuff and striker Bafetimbi Gomis’ club are all but out of the Champions League.

Lyon coach Remi Garde was defiant after the match but the writing must now be on the wall that he will be forced to sell more player with no Champions League riches on the horizon.

After the defeat Garde said;

“We are lifted by the fact we have already qualified for a European competition this season; there is no black hole after this fixture, no matter what happens. Of course the Europa League is not like the Champions League but it is still a great competition to participate in, we are freed from that pressure.”

If Lyon had progressed then you’d imagine there’s no way they would have wanted Gourcuff to leave but now they are almost sure to exit, getting two of their biggest earners off the books is very likely to be a major priority. When somebody else is desperate to offload then it is music to Mike Ashley’s ears, as BARGAIN is the name of the game.

If the three players (Cabaye, Gomis, Gourcuff) are all potentially on the move then it could be all about timing and if Cabaye is not sold quickly and/or Lyon insist on firstly seeing the outcome of next week’s second leg in Spain – then we could be talking a nailbiting final session of the window.

We live in hope.


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