Newcastle United are set to miss out on a Marseille star and it’s not Loic Remy.
The failure of a planned deal for Loic Remy to Newcastle United has prompted some media sources to suggest that Newcastle have switch their attention to Marseille’s key midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.
However, the agent of the charismatic 28-year-old play maker has ruled out any move of the French star to the North East, saying that Valbuena would only consider Premier League moves to Manchester United or Manchester City.
Earlier in the week, news emerged from Loic Remy’s former agent which revealed a shocking and ignorant view of Newcastle as a team across the channel in France.
The comments suggested that Newcastle were a money orientated club that attracted stars with big pay packets and had no chance of winning any silverware any time soon.
However, Newcastle have been very productive in terms of the French market over the last couple of seasons with the arrival of Yohan Cabaye in 2011 and Mathieu Debuchy this January.
“He wouldn't go. You don't leave Marseille to go and play for Newcastle. It's just a fad. There was Arsenal, today it's Newcastle, tomorrow it'll be Liverpool or Chelsea,” Christophe Hutteau told French radio station RMC.
If Newcastle were genuinely interested in a pursuit of Valbuena then this setback won’t dishearten Alan Pardew too much who will simply switch his focus to his squad with plans to rebuild in the summer.
Cabaye has been one of Newcastle’s best players since he joined the club from Lille and his imminent return from injury means Newcastle can cope without reinforcements.
However, if a deal for Remy doesn’t go through then it could be a blow to Newcastle’s chances of landing key players from the bigger sides around Europe.
Third parties will look in from the outside, judge the way Newcastle have courted Remy for a number of weeks, look at Valbuena’s agent’s comments and come to the conclusion that Newcastle is not the right club for their stars.
This shouldn’t matter one little bit to Pardew or to Newcastle fans because anyone in English football knows Newcastle is a very special club and that the manager will never sign a player who doesn’t appreciate that.
Should Newcastle try harder to get Valbuena? Do they even need him?
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