Reports in Sky Sports today that say that Newcastle are trying to sign Albin Ebondo from Toulouse – once again.
Albin Ebondo – Newcastle to try again
The Newcastle club thought they had signed the Toulouse right-back in January of 2009, but Toulouse kept putting the price up – as you may recall.
But now the player is a free agent in the summer, and Newcastle will make another attempt to buy the player. West Brom and Stoke City are also said to be keeping close tabs on the player.
Joe Kinnear was frustrated when the club failed to wrap up the signing of the player 16 months ago and this is what Joe said at that time:
“I’m disappointed at how things went having had (secretary) Lee Charnley and Dennis Wise over there for two days.”
“We agreed the terms before he left, which were £2.5M. When we got there they upped it to £3m. We agreed to that, then they upped it again.”
“We thought it was done and dusted, and at the very last minute they moved the goalposts to £6M. Lee and Dennis said no, and got on the next plane home.”
“It was a wasted journey, to be honest. It wasn’t the best way to act considering the deal was done prior to them going over.”
The 5’11” Albin has played 181 times at Toulouse – his only club – and has scored 3 goals. Ebondo turned 26 last February and was born in Marseille, France and is of Congolese heritage.
So he just about fits the profile of players Newcastle are after, and he will give Danny Simpson considerable competition for the right back position next season, and we think he would be a great signing and comes at a good price too.