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Further medical checks requested before Newcastle can move on unwanted player

4 years ago

More extensive medical reports have been called for before St Etienne will agree to take on Massadio Haidara.

As reported yesterday (see below), Le10Sport revealed that the Ligue 1 club were keen on the Newcastle left-back.

L’equipe then later said that St Etienne were in advanced negotiations with Newcastle and a deal was expected to be announced shortly.

However, L’equipe now report that whilst an outline deal has been agreed by the clubs, it will all depend on what the medical people say.

The two clubs are reported to have agreed a deal whereby no transfer fee will be paid but that the deal includes a clause stating Newcastle will be paid 50% of any future sale figure.

Before that point is reached though, the French newspaper says that medical staff need to give the all clear on the player from an incident four years ago.

Massadio Haidara joined Newcastle in January 2013 and made his league debut in a 2-1 won over Stoke on 10 March 2013, replacing Davide Santon for the final 16 minutes.

A week later, Mathieu Debuchy was forced off after only 14 minutes at Wigan, with Haidara coming on as Newcastle reorganised their defence.

Only 13 minutes later and one of the most disgraceful assaults ever seen on a football pitch was witnessed, Callum McManaman making no effort to go for the ball and taking Haidara off by the knee.

The only two worse things than the actual assault, was the referee not sending McManaman off…not even giving a free-kick, then the authorities refusing to punish the Wigan winger retrospectively.

Difficult to say whether this injury ended up ruining his Newcastle career before it got started but certainly Massadio Haidara hasn’t looked up to the job.

St Etienne could offer all parties a fresh start but we await to see what their medical staff say and whether that injury sustained over four years ago will interfere with his career once again.

The Mag – 29 July 2017

According to French media, Massadio Haidara could be the next one Rafa Benitez manages to get out of Newcastle United.

The manager has already made public that he has talked to the players who have no future at the club and the left-back must be near the top of that list.

Le10Sport report that their information is that after landing Dijon striker Lois Diony, St Etienne have now turned their attention to bringing in a left-back.

The situation is described as ‘urgent’ with Ligue 1 kicking off next weekend, a week earlier than the Premier League.

Le10Sport say that St Etienne are now looking at Massadio Haidara and how much Newcastle may be looking for, before potentially bidding for him.

A typical disastrous Graham Carr/Mike Ashley signing, a ‘bargain’ £2m signing in January 2013 he was one of the many given a ridiculously long contract, in Haidara’s case five and a half years.

In return, United have seen 25 league starts in that time, a player of limited ability who has also had numerous injury problems.

In an interview (see below) in April before the 1-0 home win over Burton, Massadio Haidara himself revealed that he’d been fit since Christmas but had been totally ignored, despite injuries and loss of form hitting Rafa’s team/squad.

The only Championship action the 24 year old did see, was on the very final day. Midfielder Isaac Hayden had been forced to play in defence because so many were unavailable through injury, but the gamble on his fitness went pear-shaped as he was subbed after only 13 minutes with Haidara coming on as Dummett was forced to play in the middle.

With a year left on his contract, hopefully Haidara will leave along with Riviere (Metz and a Turkish club claimed to be ‘fighting’ over the ‘striker’).

Rafa Benitez having admitted he has to get players out of Newcastle, if he hopes to bring more signings in.

Massadio Haidara – 5 April 2017:

“The first thing is we have to be promoted, if I play or not.

“After, for myself, it’s about trying to play some games.

“Even if it’s only one, I would be happy because it would be a good win for me – I would reach my target. This would be a great thing.

“I feel alright. Now I feel ready. I’ve been available for the first team for about three months now. I’m just waiting for my chance.

“You have to take your time with an injury, not rush, take it easy and just try to do things in good time.

“Sometimes it doesn’t work the way you want, and sometimes it could be worse.

“Before that I was never injured, so it was the first time. I was a little bit afraid because it was the first. After that, I was more mature about the injuries, I looked forward and tried to be positive.

“But it’s a little bit difficult in your mind, because sometimes you come back after a long time and you are injured again.

“It’s not easy, but you have to stay positive, look forward and say that maybe the future will be better.

“Your family and your friends try to make you feel good and try to stay positive and to be happy, but to be honest, it’s difficult.”


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