NUFC ‘Tapping Up’ Reports

Within the space of one week, various media sources including Sky Sports have claimed two clubs, Charlton Athletic and French outfit Sochaux, are considering reporting Newcastle United to UEFA and the Premier League after allegedly ‘tapping up’ their players Rob Elliot (Charlton Athletic) and Modibo Maiga (Sochaux).

Tapping Up

For all who stand confused at the term ‘tapping up’ -

In professional team sports, tapping up (British English) or tampering (American English) is an attempt to persuade a player contracted to one team to transfer to another team, without the knowledge or permission of the player’s current team. This kind of approach is often made through the player’s agent. It is expressly forbidden in many professional leagues, but is not illegal.


Modibo Maiga

Modibo Maiga

Modibo Maiga is currently on strike at French club Sochaux, as the Malian striker aims to force a move to Newcastle United. Despite Souchaux’s determination to keep the striker, a fee of £10m could prize the striker away from Sochaux. ‘Tapping up’ can cause serious fines and penalties, however jumping to conclusions this early would be silly, with many media sources relying only on the one sided words of Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe.

Lacombe told L’Est Republicain -

Newcastle are going on contacting our players despite our refusal.

So we will register a complaint with Uefa, telling them such behaviour is not fair play. It is provoking destabilisation.

I’m in no way accepting Mike Ashley’s transfer tactics but with no official complaint made yet (since writing this article, an official complaint has now been made), it’s to early to jump on the ‘NUFC Cockney Mafia’ bandwagon.

Rob Elliot

Rob Elliot

The second complaint aimed at Newcastle and their courting of players has come from Charlton Athletic. The League One club reportedly turned down a bid of £100K  for the goalkeeper but they are upset as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has broken an agreement when he made the approach for the player public yesterday.

Charlton Chief Executive Stephen Kavanagh told Charlton’s official website -

In advance of our match against Scunthorpe, it is very disappointing that Alan Pardew has decided to make public an offer for Robbie Elliot despite assurances to the contrary that wouldn’t happen from his club officials.

Newcastle made a written offer of £100K for Robbie on Wednesday, and made it clear that it was their final and best offer.”  “The offer was rejected within minutes, and Newcastle then confirmed they no longer had an interest in the player.

We have contacted the Premier League today to register our concern at public statements being made by Newcastle after they withdrew their interest.

All of this hassle for a keeper we don’t need. Fraser Forster has been loaned out to Celtic, bringing in a £100k League One keeper doesnt seem to make sense. With Steve Harper and promising shot-stoppers Ole Soderberg and Jak Alnwick on the roster behind Tim Krul, I’m left puzzled why we would need him. We at The NUFC Blog have heard a rumour about Steve Harper having a knee problem which would limit his time between the sticks this season.


Two brilliant season openers and a great sense of unity within the club, fans and players after a 1-0 win over the mackems, led me to discover a positive mindset.

These two complaints, despite one of the players involved being un-needed, surely shows that Alan Pardew and co are trying to sign players, whether they are going about their business in the right manor or not.

Modibo Maiga is on strike to sign for us… I feel honoured. Then again, do we want another type of player who will go on strike to push a move through to another club (Hatem Ben Arfa – if he plays like Ben Arfa I’ll not complain) – player power is worrying.

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About the Author: Josh Hannen

At the moment I find myself away from my home town Newcastle, getting a good education (not saying I wouldn't get a good one in Newcastle, it's just how things have worked out!), however my love for Newcastle United Football Club hasn't decreased in the slightest! At the age of 15 I have started my NUFC Blog, because I wish to venture into Journalism in the future, and also to write down my views on NUFC for everyone to read, discuss and comment on! I shall be writing here for The NUFC Blog as well! I follow NUFC through and through! Howay The Lads! Find me on Twitter - @JoshHannen

2 Comments + Add Comment

  • newcastle are more in need of good defending players, i first noticed this while watching the newcastle sunderland game, we made many mistakes and sunderland owned the pitch in the first half. we are also in need of a new fast striker to help newcastle with set plays, shola ameobi is far from the best striker and i think we need someone to replace him, these are my oppinions thanks for readin.

  • Thanks for your comment Connor. I would safely predict that every Newcastle fan thinks we need bolstering in defence and upfront, whether Ashley will spend or not we’ll just have to wait and see.

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