‘Saint Étienne is on the verge of proposing to extend a contract of 2 years to Faouzi Ghoulam (20 years old) to keep him until 2014. But Newcastle has placed the Saint Étienne left winger on their short list next to the Lyon player Aly Cissokho (24 years old) whose current contract is up to 2014 with his club Lyon’.
A warm welcome to Papiss Demba Rodney Cissé and just as welcome, at a rumoured fee of close to £10M, is the fact his arrival seems to have ‘broken the mould’ in terms of Mike Ashley’s commitment to squad building – although we might have to wait a few days yet to confirm that!
Watford claim Newcastle’s offer was derisory for their centre-back.
What is for sure is that Newcastle are desperate for defensive cover and with only five days remaining of the transfer window Alan Pardew will be hoping a deal can be done for Mariappa or an alternative.
Papiss Cissé and Demba Ba, along with their Senegal team mates, exited from the Arican Cup Of Nations last night in farcical conditions. The players could now even be available for Blackburn next Wednesday, though possibly Villa on Sunday 5th February is more realistic.
‘Kaz is expected to be fit for the tie at the weekend, luckily, as he’s been a revelation for us on the wing, perhaps we’ll see the double backflip…
We see Jonas Gutierrez as your main threat and if he plays, Ben Arfa seems in truly unstoppable form at the moment.