Rod Fanni’s agent Dominique Six â€“ who is also Franck Queudrue’s agent â€“ says that Rod has a very good chance of playing for Newcastle next season.
The 25-year-old has been touted around Europe after his club Nice agreed to sell him this summer, and we reported only last week that Newcastle are keen on the Â£3.5M-rated Frenchman.
Fanni is a very versatile defender (much like Tal Ben Haim who is now impressing Jose Mourinho at Chelsea) – and Rod while usually preferring right back can also play at center-back, left-back, right midfield and central midfield. So he would be a perfect acquisition for Sam â€“ principally for the defense.
Dominique Six talked to Sky Sports today and said:
â€œAll the managers in France love this player,â€
“He is very content in France and has three offers, but he really wants to play in England.”
“Fanni is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in France and is the quickest,”
Six then compared Fanni with Sagna – who has recently moved to Arsenal for around Â£6M and also commented on the interest shown so far by Newcastle. Six went on:
“If Sagna moves to England for some 9million euros (Â£6million), then Fanni for me would be a wonderful bargain.”
“Allardyce knows about him, I am due in England next week and we will be looking to meet with Newcastle.”
As we reported last week Rod is described as Lilian Thuramâ€™s heir apparent and is widely expected to earn his first cap for France next season. Fanniâ€™s arrival would give manager Sam Allardyce lots of options in defense and even in midfield.
If Fanni is signed the back four could be Fanni, Taylor, Rozehnal and Geremi. That’s a very strong back four with even more defenders expected to be signed – with Franck Queudrue one of them â€“ and he can battle it out with Geremi for left back. Only Steven Taylor will likely keep his place in the back four next season.
Here’s some playing information on Rod Fanni we first published about a week ago.
Fanni began his career in 2000 with hometown club Martigues for whom he played 63 times scoring 1 goal before moving to RC Lens in 2002. During his two years at the club Fanni played 33 times and then in 2004 he moved to LB Chateauroux for whom he played 33 times scoring 1 goal. In 2005 he joined Nice and has played for them a total of 57 times. In all Fanni has played 186 first class games scoring 2 goals.
We also want to warn people that with Butt also in the side there may (no will) be many jokes about Fanni and Butt â€“ but of course we’re too polite to even mention them on this site . 😀
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