Franck Queudrue is looking to be a target for Newcastle to fill the vacant left-back spot â€“ which has been a problem position for a few years.
It looks like the former Middlesbrough favorite emerged as Newcastle boss Sam Allardyceâ€™s latest defensive target.
The 28-year-old is now wanting to leave Fulham after falling out with manager Lawrie Sanchez. It is being reported that his representatives having held an informal telephone discussion with Newcastle officials, and it looks like the French B international has set his heart on a return to the North-East.
Dominique Six, the playerâ€™s agent, has said that both Newcastle and Everton are interested in the unsettled Frenchman. Franck has made it known he doesn’t want to work under Sanchezâ€™s stewardship at Fulham. The former Northern Ireland boss was appointed to replace Chris Coleman â€“ who was sacked.
Dominique Six said yesterday:
â€œNewcastle and Everton regard Franck as a possible signing,â€
â€œSome Premier League clubs are looking for a left-back and Franck could be a good choice.
Heâ€™s a professional and is under contract to Fulham. But if an opportunity occurs, I will definitely study it.â€
Everton are interested in Queudrue â€“ but it would appear that Newcastle are in a strong position to compete for the playerâ€™s signature should Allardyce decide to bid – with the fee thought to be around â‚¤1.5M. Chris Mort â€“ Newcastle’s new Vice Chairman – said during the last two days that Allardyce wanted to buy two left backs and another center-back so maybe Franck is one of the full backs.
The Journal has reported that Newcastle officials have already held discussions with the playerâ€™s representatives yesterday morning. Although nothing has been agreed – the talks are believed to have been positive – and presumably the next step would be for Newcastle to lodge a bid with Fulham for the player. Queudrue is said to be unimpressed with Sanchez’ tactics and the manager is seeking another left-back so Franck is now surplus to requirements at the London club. While we think Queudrue would be an OK signing it’s unlikely he would be a starter at Newcastle â€“ but does fit the Allardyce mold â€“ being a tall and experienced player.
The reports also suggest that Queudrueâ€™s wife is unsettled in London and a return to the North-East is understood to appeal to her. Franck is said to prefer a move to Newcastle and hopes it will happen. As far as building our squad this would be a good buy but also expect Sam to go after another top left back with Nicky Shorey probably the favorite.
Franck started his career at RC Lens in 1999 where he played 41 times and scored 2 goals. He then moved to Middlesbrough in October, 2001 on loan and then made the move permanent the next year after impressing. He played for Middlesbrough over 150 times scoring 11 goals and was popular with the crowd. Last year he moved to Fulham under Chris Coleman and has played for them 29 times scoring 1 goal. He is renowned for his free kick and penalty converting ability â€“ is 6′ tall and will turn 29 in late August.