Newcastle United were first linked with Chrisopher Jullien back in summer 2013.

The commanding 6ft 5 centre-back was a 20 year old  back then, playing for Auxerre.

That summer he ended up joining Bundesliga club Freiburg but only managed one first team league appearance, restricted to reserve team football.

His third season on Freiburg’s books saw him loaned out to Dijon in the second tier of French league football and that set him in the right direction.

His form catching the eye of Ligue 1 side Toulouse who paid £2.5m in summer 2016 and he has been a first team regular these past two years.

Newcastle had been linked once again with the now 25 year old central defender in recent weeks and that has intensified since the cruciate ligament injury to Florian Lejeune, which will keep him out for most, if not all, of the season.

L’Equipe now report that Newcastle United have ‘intensified’ their interest in signing the player and have been in touch a number of times asking for a price to buy the defender.

There has been interest from both Germany and the Premier League and the newspaper reports that Christopher Jullien has always been very open in the fact that he is desperate to play in England.

A France Under 20 international, Jullien helped Toulouse only just avoid relegation last season when finishing third bottom. Although the defence wasn’t the main weakness, as only three teams in the bottom half conceded less than the 54 Toulouse leaked.

The French newspaper say that Newcastle are now pushing in the last 24 hours to get a deal done and that whilst no formal offer has been made so far, a bid is anticipated very shortly.

It appears to be a case of the player interested in a move but his club not very keen to sell, so it remains to be seen if Newcastle will meet whatever their eventual asking price is.

Whilst the Premier League clubs only have until Thursday to bring players in, Toulouse would have until the end of the month to find a replacement if they sell Christopher Jullien. As French clubs, like other major European leagues, have their transfer windows open until the end of August.



  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Even I am concerned about the centre backs being scouted, who are we replacing? It’s an area that does not need addressing imho…..unless

    • Lord

      Well Mbemba was 4th choice last season, so with Lejeune out as well, we’ve only got 3 CBs, one of which is a new unknown quantity. Let’s hope we’re looking for 4th spot cover and not a replacement for JL.

      • Leazes.

        Block the troll

        • Lord

          Although I can see a lot of wind-up merchants on here recently, personally, I don’t think Bobbi is a troll. Not that I agree with everything he/she says, but that’s life.

          • Ken.

            he is a troll

          • Ben Jones

            And as you can tell from ken’s input on here, he’s ‘being serious’

          • Ken.

            🤡

          • Ben Jones

            Again

          • Ken.

            🤡.

          • Ben Jones

            And again

          • Ken.

            🤡

          • Ben Jones

            Again

          • Ken.

            🤡

          • Ben Jones

            And again

          • My Cashley

            🤡

          • SuperDesHamilton

            People who have a different opinion aren’t all trolls you know. Fleckman isn’t mentally challenged & wrong 100% of the time but he’s entitled to his opinion

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Like Rafa, I forgot about Mbemba!

        • Ken.

          🤡

      • Billmag

        I think a LB is more important because for me Dummett is a better CB than a LB.

        • Lord

          Yeh, I agree. If Dummett gets injured, we’re really weak there with no decent cover at all.

          • Billmag

            👍👍

        • Kneebotherm8

          Totally agree on that one..

    • Ken.

      🤡

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Ken, I’m not sure what you are saying, i see a box with a little cross. Are you a little cross?

    • ghostrider

      Unless we get rid of a bully boy centre back who appears to be creating massive unrest among the players by leading some kind of player movement.
      If that’s the case then I don’t give a stuff about how good he is and can be and should play for England. Newcastle United is bigger than him, so let Everton or whoever come in and take him for 50 million or whatever.

      I’m quite happy to keep Lascelles for his talent and future betterment but not if he’s calling the shots outside of his own footballing duties as captain.

      • Ken.

        🤡

      • TheFatController

        🤡

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Thought better of you to join the extreme left morons who have an I Q of a bag of nuts. Kenny contributes nothing at all to the site and will damage the share price.

      • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

        What a deluded fool you are….how can you come on and slate the captain of our club….propa fans stick up for our own!!
        He’s the captain and rightly so he should be askin for parity when it comes to bonuses at every other prem club….you don’t hear about other teams having stand offs year in year out over bonuses….guess why not!? They’re ran by competent Chief execs who understand harmony at the highest level of team sport….not like the jokers who run our club!!!!
        Still can’t believe you’d type that about Lascelles….utterly ridiculous

        • ghostrider

          If Lascelles in the instigator then he should go and do his championing inside the club, not as some kind of strike action aimed at disrupting his employer who pays his massive wages.

          Asking for parity is one thing. Demanding it or else is another.
          Get rid of him if he’s after disrupting things. the club do not need this from highly paid employees.

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            His employer is a greedy manipulating big business man who doesn’t understand anything other than ££ signs and balance sheets….Lascelles has done the 1 thing that hurts Cashley the most….risk an outcry from Sky over not fullfilling a contract (walk on photos) which would hit him money wise!!!!
            Is it any surprise after today’s TV announcement that Newcastle are only on once on Sky!? Have you heard of any other clubs having this issue!?
            Your absolutely deluded pal

          • ghostrider

            If Lascelles is the instigator he’s done nothing at all to hurt Ashley but he’s done a lot to hurt the fans and the club. It’s just that too many fans run with the hate of Ashley to actually see what’s happening.

            How many potential buyers would want to buy this club when they know that just one mistake to kick off with…. will ( in short order) render the new owners as the hate and bile figure(s) Ashley is under.

            In a nutshell the fans are not making this club a proposition for any buyer.
            As for Ashley. He’ll continue to run the club his way until the fans buy him out, because that’s possibly all that’ll be left.

            The sugar daddies are a dying breed.

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            You’ve never answered my question as per….have you heard of this going on at other prem clubs via their local or the national media!?

            You fancy doing the same as that other gadgee/bird on here (monkseaton) and catching up for a pint on satda and explaining yr ridiculous comments over a cold 1!!!!?

          • ghostrider

            Some Newcastle fans seem to think our club deserves this and that based on nostalgia.
            Other clubs do the same as us but the difference is they get back to supporting their team rather than disrupt it all.

            Too many Newcastle fans are too bitter and full of bile in their pursuit of attempting to rid Ashley from the club…all because of Keegan but now stoked back up with Rafa.

            Nobody gave a stuff about all the other managers. It was 10 minutes worth of “ohhh that wasn’t right, I don’t think” and basically we moved on if a new manager appeared that would pacify, or money handed out would pacify.
            All the big banners come out with all the words.

            “Don’t ever give up on your club, keep supporting it,

            “It’s your club and trust me, one day you will get your club back and it will be everything you wanted it to be.

            “Newcastle United is bigger than anyone.

            “It hurts I know but just keep going.

            “He is only one man. We are a city, a whole population. Trust me.”

            And yet nobody is buying the club from him.
            Why?

            All this can be stopped and the club can be run by the fans.
            Nobody ever needs to ask questions about where this money is or who we’re going to buy or not, because they will be all on a plate.

            So what are the people waiting for with the banners and stuff?
            Buy him out and run the club.

            Just imagine each fan that becomes part owner of it. That’s the ultimate in being a fan and a real in house management as clear as glass.

            Sooooo….if the man is the hated devil then it’s in the hands of those who want to remove it from him.
            Just remember that spitting and hissing bile against him will not help the takeover attempt.

            I take it you’ll be putting in just like every other fan that wants change.
            A city of fans plus country/worldwide to add in their share.
            Easy peasy….right?

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            As per….you still haven’t answered my original question….have you heard of any player vs club stand offs over bonuses at any other prem clubs recently!?

          • NeilMcDonaldFanClub

            Still waiting for ghostrider to answer a simple question….any idea how long it takes these idiotic blinkered humans to answer rather than spout sh**e constantly about ruining potential take overs 😴😴😴😴

          • ghostrider

            I don’t kn ow, I haven’t took any notice of stuff like that. I haven’t really took too much notice of this, other than to still say (and stand by) players need to start looking at their wage packets and themselves before they start whining about all kinds of extras.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Dunno how I feel about this Toulouse have been a disaster for 2 years it was Lafont & Diop the only two who played well after being thrown in at the deep end.

    We signed the wrong CB from deportivo (should of signed Sidnei) hope I’m wrong though

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      You think so? I thought Schar did well considering. I can’t say I’ve seen a lot but both centre halfs came away with some credit.

      • Ken.

        🤡.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Sidnei has been head & shoulders Super Depor’s stand out performer since he went on loan to start with. I’m glad he’s got himself a good move to Betis they’ll try to go places unlike Newcastle

  • Paul Patterson

    Every time one of these stories appears on the Mag, it’s is highlighted that we were first linked with the player years and years ago, when he was younger and cheaper.
    Does the club not realise that their transfer policy is massively flawed if they end up paying more a few years down the line? Idiots!

    • ghostrider

      It’s hardly flawed when it’s a rarity that we do end up paying much more down the line for any player.
      I’d say our policy is fairly solid and stringent.

      • Ken.

        🤡🤡

    • Lord

      Well, to balance that out, how many of us have criticised Ashley’s policy of buying youngsters who aren’t quite good enough and selling on for profit.

      The bigger problem is trying to get players on the cheap (young or old) and thus missing out on players like Lacazette because Ashley gets a nosebleed above £10m.

      • Paul Patterson

        Yeah, but we could do what we did with Lascelles, buy a good prospect for a fair price, then loan him back and monitor his development.

  • Mike

    another loan…….club wont buy anyone

    • Paul Patterson

      We can’t loan him.

  • Leazes.

    Where is the article Simon you berk?

  • MetalMickey

    Id be more than happy getting Jullien.
    I think in a season with Rafa, he could become as good as Leujeune.
    Him and Tagliafico would turn this window around imo.

  • Billmag

    By the time chumley gets out of bed the window will be closed.

    • ghostrider

      It hasn’t closed for 6 signings as of yet.

      • Ken.

        🤡

      • Ken.

        🤡.

      • Ken.

        🤡,

      • Ken.

        🤡

      • Steve Smith

        Or the 9 going the other way…

        • Ben Jones

          It’s what rafa wanted mate, we must respect his wishes, if Ken replies with an emoji below he agrees

          • Ken.

            🤡,

          • Ken.

            🤡

        • ghostrider

          You mean Coback….never used but earning big wages?
          Or is it Mitrovic who played a couple of games because Rafa had nothing else to work with?
          Or Mbemba who got a few games even though he was clearly competent?
          Or Haidara who got a game here and there and forgotten about?
          Which goes for the rest who were shipped out.
          No loss to us because they didn’t play enough to be regarded as a loss t the squad………Except Merino who did play but made his own exit for whatever reasons.
          A player who promised a lot and delivered in parts but who didn’t seem to be able to get up to speed with Rafa’s all hands to the defensive pump methods.

          I’d say we’ve gained massively.

          • TheFatController

            I’m taking it you’re suggesting we’ve gained then? Massively perhaps?

          • ghostrider

            Gained is enough. How much of a gain remains to be seen as seasons end product of the entire squads participation.

          • Ken.

            🤡.

      • Ken.

        🤡-

        • Icky (Heaton)

          Lol, I likes it, makes me giggle, keep it up ;-)

      • Danimal

        I’m pleased (or cautiously optimistic) with what’s been brought in so far but let’s have a reality check: Two players who were already here, one of them still not ours. A free transfer in midfield, straight replacement for a top prospect offloaded for £10m. A decent looking back-up centre half for £3m, who will now have to step in immediately due to the Lejeune injury and, God forbid, imminent sale of you know who. A striker for a striker, loan deal only, hopefully an upgrade. An unproven but promising forward for £10m, replacing an unreliable but potentially very good striker, offloaded for at least twice that amount. Could be an upgrade, could be a damp squib. Numerous fringe players off the wage bill. Decent work on the face of it but, unless the club has got itself into a horrendous financial pickle that we’ve not been told about, it seems reasonable to expect that the c. £27m transfer surplus (plus a bit) be put to good use, bringing in the extra quality that would enable us to approach the season with confidence rather than fear.

        • ghostrider

          Lots of could be’s.
          There’s no reality check needed, it’s all as real as it comes with what went out and what’s came in.
          Loans and free transfers mean nothing in any bad sense, because they either hit it off or they don’t. Either way they are not club killers.

          As for the top prospect (Merino) offloaded for 10 million, he was bought for that amount, all told.
          West Ham have just got Jack Wilshere for nothing. Is he worth nothing?

          In the world of Bosman rulings, it gives scope for freebies that in reality should never be as it’s to the detriment of the club who paid money, regardless of contract.

          However, it is what it is and it plays into the hands of the player and clubs the player might choose to go for , for nothing other than negotiation of wages.

          Any surplus money may still be used before this window or could be used in January should we require it.

          At worst it may be added into a new managers kitty next season, assuming Rafa walks.

          Lot’s of maybe’s, If’s and but’s, etc.
          One thing for sure. Ashley still has to cover his own aris over Rafa and also leave the door open for a potential takeover in terms of the club being ready to go and without hidden debts, with potential collateral owing to it for new owners to walk into.

          Possibly.
          It doesn’t matter whether we all think this and that. We can all argue it on here, in pubs and clubs or in the ground itself, as well as on the street…along with football pundits having their say.

          The end result is what the reality is and we never get to know what it is until much much later. And even then it’s skewed so badly as to have us all back at it trying to argue the clarity of muddy waters.

  • Hughie

    Sign someone in a hurry?- won’t happen at this mediaeval club and may also be part of their fake news propaganda. At least we have Muto, Kennedy and Rondon – just needed a proper No 10 to get shot of wasteful Perez.

    • Viru leckworth

      Wasn’t Perez top scorer last season?

  • Ken.

    off for a nice cup of tea, i shall resume the troll hunting after lunch

    • TheFatController

      I can’t read what Ben Dover is saying as he’s blocked, but I’ll wager it’s something unemotional, simple and an attempt to make you look like the shameful one whilst he just tries to put his point of view across because ‘everyone’s entitled to their view’ in the free world.

      Basically, how a personality disorder type would do it. Sane people would just let it go, but then it wouldn’t ever be done to a sane person …

      • Ben Jones

        Haha^ what a melt this guy is

        • Ken.

          🤡

      • Ken.

        i won`t respond to them. just denote them as the clowns they are

    • Tweed Mag

      Well done Kenny. They bite every time. There will be tears in the Shirebrook canteen when they meet up for their 2 minute break.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Howay man you’re a grown man saying that. Ignore them

  • Mxpx

    We’re having a second kick of the tyres? I’ll believe we’re serious when he’s spotted at Newcastle Airport

  • Jimblag23

    Newcastle ask for price, then are never heard of again.