Newcastle and Arsenal are again said to be chasing French right back Bakari Sagna. This is a player we have already reported Newcastle being interested in â€“ and it looks like this one may be heating up again.
Arsenal are in prime position to get Sagna but Sam Allardyce believes he can attract the Frenchman to Newcastle because of the offer of first team football â€“ which he would not be guaranteed at Arsenal. Apparently Arsenal have already lodged a bid of Â£6M with Auxerre and are now waiting for permission to speak to the player.
Newcastle have now entered the race and boss Sam Allardyce is eyeing up the highly-rated right-back after recently missing out on Tal Ben Haim, who signed for Chelsea last week.
Sagna, who is 24, is determined to leave Auxerre as he believes he needs to be playing for a high-profile club to keep his place in the France team. He has recently received his first call up for the full French National side (on May 24) for the French Euro 2008 Qualifiers against Ukraine and Georgia. 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 is thought to be one of the best up and coming right backs in Europe â€“ and we think heâ€™d be just a great buy for Newcastle.
We need to get in for him now and at the very least have Sam talk to him about his opportunities at Newcastle – which would be substantial.