There are reports in France today that Toulouse center back Herita Ilunga is a target for Newcastle United.
Herita Ilunge – on the right is reported target for Newcastle?
The Congo DR International left-back, who has 18 caps, only recently threatened to move, having been considered second choice full-back during pre-season.
It looks like the 26-year-old 5’11” defender may be ready to seek other opportunities because he wants to play at center-back.
The reports say that Newcastle United may be keen on him, and he would seem a good choice, because we do need a left back and some cover in central defense.
But his main use to the Tyneside club would be at left-back since we will have Taylor, Faye, Coloccini, Bassong and Edgar fighting it out for the two central defensive positions.
He is rated at just Â£2M, and that would attract Newcastle, who seem to be on a small budget this summer, for whatever reason.
Ilunga joined Toulouse in the summer of 2007 from Saint-Etienne, and helped the Ligue 1 club stay in the top French League during a tough season last year, in which he appeared 35 times.
He played 135 times for St. Etienne before that, and joined that team in 2003, from Espanyol B.
Toulouse manager Alain Casanova told Lâ€™Equipe (the French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sports) today:
â€œHe expressed himself, but itâ€™s just his sensation at the start of the season,â€
â€œA season is long. We will see how this is going to end up in August and take a decision.â€
We need a left back on Tyneside, and if the 26 year-old fits the bill, he may be the player to push Jose Enrique this coming season.
It’s known that Keegan is very impressed with the 4 African players Newcastle have in the squad right now, in Faye, Beye, Geremi and Martins.
That’s not only for their fine play, but also for their professionalism and attitude, so he may be tempted to bring in the African, although he will probably seek some advice from some of his African contingent, before he does that.