Alan Pardew closing in on Mathieu Debuchy as NUFC’s French contingent grows

Mathieu Debuchy during a Ligue 1 game for Lille

Following the signings of Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana, Alan Pardew is closing in on his number one target this summer: Mathieu Debuchy. You might recognise Debuchy from Euro 2012 where alongside his future teammate, Yohan Cabaye, he featured as France’s most notable performer in what was a lackluster tournament for Laurent Blanc’s men.
After prolonged discussions and various failed bids - Newcastle United finally agreed a deal for Debuchy which will see the right-back join on a 4 year deal, for a fee in the region of £7m. The signing indirectly marks an end to Danny Simpson’s Newcastle United career as he is expected to join newly promoted Reading in the coming week.

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The first part of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool puzzle: Gastón Ramírez

When Kenny Dalglish splashed almost £100m on the best English talent on the market, he thought Liverpool were on to a winner. He believed that with the squad he had assembled that the once mighty Liverpool, could challenge for the Premier League title. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a shocking return on investment, and Dalglish was shown the door at Anfield. The LFC board wanted a change in policy, and after dispatching of the two men who brought the likes of Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson to Merseyside for a combined fee of almost £60m - Kenny and Damien Comolli - they have started afresh with a young, unproven manager with a footballing philosophy similar to that of Barcelona. Read On →

Spurs resigned to losing Luka Modric to José Mourinho’s Champions League hopes

First it was Redknapp, now it seems their star man is heading towards the door at White Hart Lane. Much alike the van Persie case involving their neighbours; the news has been a long time coming. It seems only a matter of days before Luka Modric completes a move to Spanish champions Real Madrid for a fee in the region of £30m. Last summer Chelsea offered a fee of £40m for the Croatian but somehow, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy managed to block any move, in the hope that the creative midfielder would help Tottenham grab a Champions League spot. Read On →

Robin van Persie: ambition or financial attraction?

It is news that Arsenal fans have dreaded, but expected for some time. Robin van Persie has let the Arsenal board know that he isn’t willing to sign a new deal, and will seek a move away from the Emirates before the start of the new season. van Persie ended up top of the scoring charts in the Premier League, yet despite this, his side still only managed a third place and failed to secure any silverware. Read On →

Ireland all but secure Euro 2012 spot after Estonian escapade

THIS time two years ago Ireland were gearing up for France, and their arrival to Croke Park for the first leg of a World Cup 2012 play-off. As we all know; what happened in the following leg was possibly one of footballs biggest scandals with Thierry Henry hand-balling not once, but twice and assisting William Gallas to score the all-important decisive goal in ET. However, in 2011, Ireland are all but guaranteed their place in Poland and Ukraine following a very comprehensive four nil thrashing of Tarmo Rüütli’s Estonia, in Tallinn. Read On →

Manchester United have the ability to lift the Champions League trophy yet again

This Champions League Final is the same match up as two years ago; a tie which Barcelona won comfortably courtesy of Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi. The real thing I can remember from that game was Messi’s expert header, a real piece of genius from such a small man. However, I can’t see it being the same sort of scoreline this time around. Everyone fancies Barcelona to cruise to victory in the 90 minutes here, and they are as low as 1⁄2 in places to do exactly that. Read On →

Disgraceful refereeing from Frank de Bleeckere helps Barcelona to Wembley

Shocked isn’t the word. What as Frank de Bleeckere playing at on Tuesday evening at the Camp Nou? Never in my life have I saw such a one sided game - on the referee’s behalf. If I was a real die hard Real Madrid fan then I would probably throw in a line but I’m neither a die-hard Catalan fan nor a supporter of Jose Mourinho’s side at all. However, in football you want to see the best side win and as much as justice was probably done over the two legs: a fair referee in Barcelona might have seen a different scenario altogether. Read On →

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – A neutral’s dream

It is a tie we perhaps somewhat expected to arise at some stage in the UEFA Champions League but it is now reality. After dispensing of Tottenham in a 5-0 aggregate scoreline; Real Madrid will find only Barcelona - their nearest rivals - standing between then and another Champions League title for Jose Mourinho. It is a tantalizing tie no doubt but who will progress is the most important question being asked. Read On →