If we can get Coloccini to Newcastle, which now seems very likely our next top priority has to be a left back.
Inter-Milan’s Nicolas Burdisso and Lens’ Nadir Belhadj
Since we’ll have two Argentines at the club if Fabricio comes, why wouldn’t we go after his team mate for Argentina, Inter Milan left back Nicolas Burdisso?
The 27-year-old star, who suffered a broken nose during a Champions League scrap with Valencia, could be tempted with a move to England if Newcastle are indeed willing to offer up to Â£6M to Jose Mourinho at Inter, for the defender.
But with two of his colleagues at the club, that would presumably be a good choice for the player. We’re not sure if Â£6M is the price, but he has lots of experience, and would probably be the starting left back at the club, with Jose fighting to get back in.
Newcastle need another left back to challenge the young Spaniard coming season, and Nicolas can also play in the center of defense too.
Blackburn’s Stephen Warnock – transfer fee probably too high
We are still presumably after Stephen Warnock of Blackburn and we are reported today to be chasing yet another left-back, Lens fullback Nadir Belhadj.
Portsmouth and Newcastle United are among clubs chasing the player, according to L’Equipe, the French nationwide daily Sports newspaper.
L’Equpe are saying the player is rated at around Â£3M by Lens, and wants a move following their relegation of Lens from the French first division last season when they finished 3rd bottom, with Metz bottom.
That seems much like the case with Sebastien Bassong, whom we signed recently from Metz.
Because of their relegation, Lens will not be inÂ strong negotiating position, and we could probably get a good deal on Belhadj.
He is also said to be a target for Monaco, as well as the two premier clubs.
Belhadj is a Saint-Claude, France born Algerian, who has just turned 26 and stands 5’10” tall, and he has played 25 times for Algeria since 2004, with 3 goals.
Some details on his playing career:
Belhadj began his career at Ligue 1 club RC Lens in 1999 and joined Ligue 2 FC Gueugnon on loan in 2002, and after making 26 league appearances signed permanently in 2003.Â Belhadj played 36 more Ligue 2 games for Gueugnon before moving to CS Sedan in 2004 and made over 30 appearances in each of his two full seasons with Sedan in Ligue 2.
In January 2007 Belhadj was bought by French champions Lyon for â‚¬3.24M (Â£2.6M) and signed a four and a half year deal. He was then loaned back to CS Sedan until the end of the season and joined Lyon again in the summer of 2007.Â He made just 9 appearances for the club, with the left-back position held by World Cup champion Fabio Grosso, and Nadir left the club in January of the following year.
On 7th January 2008, he signed a three and a half year deal with his former club RC Lens, with Lens paying â‚¬3.6M (Â£2.9M) for the player.