Good news today in the transfer market as the defender Joe Kinnear has been talking about signing soon is Toulouse right-back Albin Ebondo, and he is expected at the club today to discuss personal terms.
Albin Ebondo – in Newcastle today to discuss terms
If he’s coming to Newcastle to discuss personal terms we must have already made an agreement with Toulouse on the price, so we think this shows at least the club is moving along, with a short 7 days to go in the transfer window.
The Newcastle Journal is saying that a Newcastle delegation was in France over the weekend to thrash out a deal with Toulouse for Ebondo, and a fee of around £3.5M is the figure thought to be being paid by the Newcastle club.
Toulouse star Ebondo, who was born in Marseilles, France, is 24 years old, and would give Newcastle some cover at right-back when Habib Beye finally returns from his injury.
Ebondo has played 86 times for Toulouse with one goal and is a former France Under-21 International and stands at 5?11? tall.
He looks more than a decent player from what we can tell, and is the type of player we want to see the club keep signing.
And there is also news that Newcastle are getting closer to agreeing a deal for a central midfielder, thought to be Rennes’ Stephane Mbia,
Joe Kinnear said today:
“A team from Newcastle has been over there talking to the club and the player and we’re confident he’ll be here on Monday,”
“We will work right until the final minute of the final day of the window to bring in the players we want.”
“We are working around the clock to get the players we need but it’s not an easy time of the year to do business and it’s been hard work.”
“But I do feel as though we are getting somewhere and if I can bring in the two players we’re close to agreeing deals for then I’ll be feeling a lot happier about the state of the squad.
“I identified Albin Ebondo when I went to see Toulouse play a few weeks ago and he will be an excellent player for us, I’m confident about that.”
“Hopefully he’ll be here on Monday and in training with the rest of the squad straight after that.”
“With Habib Beye still on crutches and likely to be out of action for at least another couple of months we desperately need a right-back.”
“We’ve asked Steven Taylor to play there in the last few games and he’s been struggling with a calf problem and has needed pain-killing injections just to get out on to the pitch.”
“That’s not been fair on him or us.”
“People haven’t fully appreciated the plight we’re in. We’re getting on with things the best we can and the new players will give us a lift.”
This will be good news to Newcastle fans especially since it looks like we are also close to agreeing a deal for Rennes Stephane Mbioa.
Howay The Lads!!