Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marseille Move for Boumsong

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marseille Move for Boumsong

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Jean-Alain Boumsong's turbulent time on Tyneside appears to be nearing an end after Marseille officials last night vowed to find the finances required to land the hapless Newcastle United defender.

And Glenn Roeder will hope that l'OM's unwavering determination to secure the services of the 25-year-old will trigger a flurry of transfer activity that will enable him to finally make his first signing of the summer.

United's first-team squad will travel to Oslo this morning to prepare for this weekend's decisive Intertoto Cup match against LillestrAm and, although manager Roeder had hoped to make a breakthrough ahead of Saturday's third round, second leg meeting, there will be no new players on the plane to the Norwegian capital. As well as seeking new signings, the Newcastle boss is still attempting to reduce his squad, and, although Darren Bent's decision to commit his long-term future to Charlton will have come as a blow, any sales will help his efforts as he continues to pursue his remaining targets.

Boumsong's name is high on the list of those who are surplus to requirements at St James's Park and, should Marseille press home their interest in the French international and table a realistic bid, it would be a considerable boost. "Jean-Alain Boumsong is an experienced player who is part of the French team and who has shown all of his defensive efficiency in Ligue 1," said Pape Diouf, general manager at the Stade Velodrome, who has been asked to recruit Boumsong by new head coach Albert Emon.

"His transfer is complex on a financial level, as with every player who is in England, but we will go on with this case."

Despite all his troubles in England, Boumsong's reputation remains intact in his homeland and the former Rangers stopper has also attracted interest from Monaco and Paris-Saint Germain this summer. The former club are keen to strike a deal but their request to take Boumsong on loan ( an offer which would require United to continue paying 50% of the player's pounds 35,000-a-week wages ( will meet with a negative response from within the Magpies boardroom.

That would appear to leave Marseille in the driving seat, although the financial complexities discussed by Diouf means that a deal is still some way distant. …

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