I know we should be used to it by now but the Newcastle transfer target rumour mill appears to have been in overdrive this week.

Despite it being fully three months before the summer transfer window opens.

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I suppose the rationale is that the more desperate a club (such as Newcastle) clearly is for extra players, the more they are going to be linked with supposed potential new signings.

The latest I see this morning is Ngolo Kante, who is allegedly an ideal replacement for Cheick Tiote, one of four players the Telegraph claim are set to leave at the end of the season.

Kante is a midfielder currently playing for French club Caen and is said to be the ‘new Claude Makele’ (why are these players never said to be the new somebody who was really rubbish?

Ngolo Kante is 24 years old and I know I have run out of fingers and toes but must be something like the 132nd player we have been linked with this week.

For the record (in the very unlikely circumstance that he actually signs…), he is French and has no international honours even at youth level, this season is his first in France’s Ligue 1 after promotion last season with Caen.

In terms of comparisons with Cheick Tiote (rather than Makelele…) at least he has scored two league goals this season, which is one more than Tiote has managed in five years at St. James’ Park in the Premier League.

I look forward to seeing Ngolo Kante (and the other 131 mentioned this week) in black and white stripes next season.

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  • magpie9

    Being a so called sport reporter is very easy, Start off with “unnamed sources” or “it is rumoured” & pick any player in the world & continue with any fiction you like. I think most of them must be fired weather forecasters.

  • nufcslf

    Makes you wonder who the f**k this lot they think they are kidding. Just glad it has gone a little pare shaped for fatty even though he is going nowhere fast. My hate for Cashley and people like him has reached the it is all just completely laughable and he can stuff his football club firmly up his fat backside and I hope they never win another match for as long as he continues to destroy it.