The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Franck Queudrue will be having talks with Newcastle United on Monday as manager Allardyce looks to solve the clubâ€™s problematic left-back spot.
We’ll take a look at that report â€“ but we think Franck would be a good acquisition to the squad with the fee understood to be around Â£1.5M.
If Franck is signed – we still think we’ll need another left back to fight it out for the starting berth.
Queudrue is an aggressive defender and fits into the Sam Allardcye mold of being a tough, tall and experienced defender. The Frenchman was very keen on Chris Coleman’s vision at Craven Cottage when he left Middlebrough last year – but does not seem to get on with new Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez. Since Fulham have just signed Paul Konchesky from West Ham United yesterday – for an undisclosed fee – the door seems open for Franck to leave.
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 prefers a move to Newcastle and hopes it will happen. As for building our squad this would be a good buy but we also expect Sam to go after another top class left back.
The playerâ€™s agent, Dominique Six, revealed yesterday that Newcastle are in pole position to sign Queudrue – but we understand another club have also approached the 28-year-old. That club would prefer to make a move in the January transfer window because of financial constraints. Everton were said to be interested in Queudrue a week or so ago but wouldn’t think they were short of funds.
The opportunity to move back to the North-East, where he spent five enjoyable years with Middlesbrough, would seem an ideal solution for Franck and his wife ( and we all know it is important to keep the wife happy 😀 ). Here’s a little information we published earlier on Franck’s playing career so far.
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.