Of all the new players during the last two days that Sam Allardyce is said to be linked to for Newcastle – one that looks particularly exciting is that of Frenchman Bakari Sagna â€“ a right back currently at AJ Auxerre. However, Arsenal were in for him first – but Big Sam believes he has a chance of nabbing the youngster from under the noses of the Londoners.
Bakari Sagna of AJ Auxerre
Sagna looks ready to leave Auxerre during the summer to further his career and Newcastle have now joined Arsenal in an attempt to sign him. Bakari’s price is believed to be in the region of â‚¤6M and Sagna is said to be keen to play in the English Premiership. He is regarded as one of the best prospects in Europe and it seems that Auxerre are resigned to losing the 24-year-old. They are aware of the interest from the Gunners – and now of the Magpies. AJ Auxerre Manager Jean Fernandez said recently:
“The ideal thing would be for him to stay another year but that appears difficult.
His agent Christophe Mongai has admitted Sagna is hoping to win a move to England when he talked with SkySports:
“He wants to leave Auxerre and he would like to play in England,”
“At the moment there is no information [about a move] and we don’t know where he will play next season.
“But he is keen on England as he wants to move onto a higher level.”
Bakari Sagna was born on Valentineâ€™s Day in Bourgogne, France in 1983 and has been playing for AJ Auxerre in the top division of French soccer since the 2004-5 season. He is 5â€™ 9â€ tall and has played 87 times for AJ Auxerre with no goals. Sagna has represented the French under-21 team during the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and plays at right back.
He has recently received his first call up for the full French National side on May 24, 2007 for the French Euro 2008 Qualifiers against Ukraine and Georgia.
Arsene Wenger â€“ the Arsenal manager – was first in for Sagna but Newcastle United -under new boss Sam Allardyce – are quickly preparing a bid of â‚¤6M to entice the Frenchman to Tyneside.
Allardyce believes he can get Sagna to Newcastle because of the promise of first team football â€“ which he would not get at Arsenal. Given Allardyceâ€™s persuasive qualities and man-manager skills donâ€™t be surprised if Newcastle are successful with this signing – even though they are in late for the Frenchman. This should also help Sagna in his International career with France.
Newcastle obviously need to strengthen their defense which has leaked goals for many years – and Sagna would be an excellent acquisition for the Magpies.
Letâ€™s know what you think about the possible arrival of Sagna on Tyneside.