Alan Pardew quotes, January 12th (after a 0-0 draw at Norwich City during
which new signing French international Mathieu Debuchy debuted)
"We are not pursuing just one player,
itís three or four, and they all seem to be warming up a little bit.
We need a bigger pool of players and we will try to deal with that in this
Alan Pardew quotes January 17th (after French striker Loic Remy
decided to join QPR instead of Newcastle):
"The club is on a solid
financial footing but we won't pay silly money. We made a fantastic Premier
League offer. The player (Remy) made a decision and stood by it.
"We need a replacement for Demba Ba,
it is important that we don't make a knee-jerk reaction. We need to be strong
for the second half of the season. We need one or two players to strengthen
Alan Pardew quotes, January 19th (after a
1-2 home defeat to Reading):
"We definitely need two or three more
players in this group, and hopefully we can get them over the line before we
go to Villa. I would like to go to Villa stronger than I was today.We need
some impetus in terms of signings."
Alan Pardew quotes, January 25th (after
four French-based players completed moves to SJP in as many days):
"It's nothing to do with foreign players, it's nothing to do with
where a player comes from, it's just about getting good players. It was
obvious last weekend against Reading that we needed to make changes very, very
quickly and we have done that.
"There were key areas in the team which needed strengthening. Some of the
transfers we have accelerated - ones we were perhaps going to do in the summer
- and we have had to accelerate them because of the situation we are in and
the injury problems we have had.
"The players we have brought in - without giving too much away - will add
some pace to our team, some energy and energise some of the players we already
have. We look in a lot better shape than we were six or seven days ago, and
that's how it should be.
"The most important thing for a Premier League team is competition. It's
not necessarily about the players who come in, it's about the effect they have
on the players already here.
"There has already been an increase in the intensity level of training
since the arrival of these players, and that's what we need. Some of our
players have perhaps been playing under no pressure in terms of their
performances, but we will be better with competition like this."
Tuesday: Central defender Mapou
Yanga-Mbiwa joined on a five and half year deal from Montpellier for a
claimed £7m. Born in the Central African Republic and brought up in the
Marseille area, the 23 year-old has three full international caps for France.
He later spoke to French newspaper L'Equipe:
How have your first 24 hours in Newcastle been?
GoodÖbut tiring! As soon as I arrived, I passed my medical, visited the
training ground, held a press conference, I'm not used to all that! This is my
first transfer. I was quite surprised by everything that had been arranged for
me. In France, people don't consider Newcastle as a big club, but I can tell
you that from the inside, Newcastle is a very big club. I'm not used to such a
big club, unfortunately there is nothing like this at Montpellier.
Was deciding to leave a difficult decision?
It's tough to leave your home-town club, yes. I'd done everything at
Montpellier, so you could say my time there was doneÖ I am very happy, and
yet at the same time, sad. It's a strange feeling, one I've never felt before.
When did you decide to leave?
I've been thinking about it for a while now. At the start of the season, I had
a few options, but Montpellier couldn't reach an agreement with AC Milan. I
decided to stay, and renew my contract until 2015, but I always had in mind
that I might leave. Then Newcastle came along, there's a real project going on
here. In terms of integration, there are lots of French players here, I
thought if players such as Cabaye, Debuchy, or even Ben Arfa have come here,
then it must be a good place.
Is your goal to shine at Newcastle in order to catch the eye of bigger
My goal is to impose myself, and succeed here. After, if I'm playing well, who
knows. But Newcastle is a big club, a big club with a big project, which wants
to be one of the best 5 teams in the Premier League. People are criticising my
choice, but if I chose another club, people would criticise that too, that's
Your ex-president, Louis Nicollin, can't understand your choice, calling
you an idiot. Did that hurt you? Or make you angry?
No. He was my president, what can you say? He was like my dad, I know how he
is. I think he's sad about me leaving as much as anything else. I know he
didn't say it to upset me.
Newcastle are sixteenth in the premier league, does that worry you?
No. It's a club going through a difficult time, but we'll soon climb the
table, I'm sure of it.
You've had a few problems on the pitch in the past couple of months; did
you need to leave to improve your game?
Yes, to find my highest level and to continue progressing. I needed a new
challenge. Our next game is at Aston Villa on Tuesday. I don't know when I'll
next get to play, but I'm excited."
Wednesday: Striker Yoan
Gouffran became a Magpie, moving from Bordeaux for a claimed £1.4m and
signing a four and half year deal. The 26 year-old former French U21
international was in the final six months of his contract and played at SJP in
a Europa League tie during October 2012. He's a former Bordeaux team mate of
He shares the same birthday (25.05) as Demba Ba, although Gouffran is a year
Gouffran spoke after signing to say:
"When I played here with Bordeaux, the stadium was not even full, but
the atmosphere was already fantastic. I can only imagine that when this
stadium is at full capacity with the supporters really behind us, we are going
to play really well.
"That's one of the reasons why I came
here - I knew we had a fantastic stadium and an absolutely fantastic set of
supporters. First of all to settle in well, secondly to show that I'm a good
enough player to be able to play and handle myself in the Premier League and
to score as many goals as I can."
Thursday: It was the turn of left
back Massadio Haidara to move from AS Nancy for a fee reported to be
£3m. The 20 year-old French U21 international signed a five and a half
He later spoke to L'Equipe:
In signing for Newcastle, do you really feel like youíre moving
No, you would think we were in France
(laughs). Itís a French Ligue 1 team playing in the English top flight. I
havenít yet had the chance to meet everybody, only Mapou (Yanga-Mbwia) and
Yoan (Gouffran). We saw each other when we had our medicals and weíre in the
same hotel. Itís good, weíre going to see a lot of each other.
Did the fact that there were already
ten French players at the club influence your decision?
Yes, it was a factor. Iím still very
young and need support from others. Going abroad is a step in to the unknown
so itís going to make it easier for me to settle.
Youíre a French U21 international and
the club is going to get a lot of attention in France, including from the
French U21 manager. Have you thought about that?
Iím just going to try to adapt well to
the English game, become a first team regular and perform well. I donít want
to jump the gun.
Was it your decision to leave Nancy
this winter or did they say it was in the best interest of the club for you to
The ideal situation for me would have been
to finish the season with Nancy and then leave in June. But as the move suited
the clubís management and it was a big club that was in for me, it wasnít
a problem for me.
There were Italian clubs in for you
too. Why did you opt for the Magpies?
Itís true that Fiorentina, Roma and
Milan were interested but I wanted to play in the Premier League. Itís the
league that attracted me the most and which best suits my style of play. When
Newcastle made their move, I didnít hesitate.
In moving there, you are going from one
mess to another.
Itís not as bad, the situation is not
critical yet. Also, I saw a few of Newcastleís matches at the beginning of
the season. In the main they had the upper hand on the opposition but didnít
get that bit of luck they needed to win. Weíll be back on our feet soon, Iím
Do you think it will be the same for
The last six months have been mentally
draining but I hope with all my heart that they beat the drop. Nancy is a
great club which doesnít deserve a season like this, where nothing goes
The signing of midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse was completed.
The 23 year-old signed a six and a half year deal and was out of contract this
summer, a fee of £2m has been speculated upon. He has eight full caps for
Sissoko had earlier said that:
"Newcastle are a very good club, despite the fact that they are fairly
low down in the standings at the moment. They have quality players and had a
brilliant season last year. That is what motivated me to go to this club.
"I will get game time at Newcastle,
and it is important for me as a player to play as much football as possible. I
think Newcastle is the ideal club."
PS: Regarding Europa League
participation for the new boys, UEFA rules state:
18.18 For all matches from the start of the round of 32, a club may register a
maximum of three new eligible players for the remaining matches in the current
competition. Such registration must be completed by 1 February 2013.
18.19 One player from the above quota of three who has been fielded in a UEFA
club competition group stage match for another club in the current season may
exceptionally be registered, provided that the player has not been fielded: a)
in the same competition for another club; or b) for another club that is
currently in the same competition.
Debuchy is eligible as he only played in the CL for Lille, if
registered as the "one player from the quota"
Gouffran isn't eligible as he played for Bordeaux in the Europa League
Haidara is eligible if registered by NUFC as one of the "three new
Sissoko is eligible if registered by NUFC as one of the "three new
Yanga-Mbiwa is eligible as he only played in the CL for Montpellier, if
registered as the "one player from the quota"