The Daily Mail is reporting early this morning that Newcastle United are ready to put a spanner in the works of Fulham’s move to bring Algerian defender Rafik Halliche to Craven Cottage.
Rafik Halliche – Newcastle in late bid for player
The 23-year-old center-back is due to arrive at Fulham for a medical today, before signing in a £1.3M move from Benfica, but the news is that Newcastle have made a very late enquiry regarding the player.
Newcastle are reported to have concerns about the fitness of Steven Taylor, although manager Chris Hughotn has always said he may yet add to his back four in the summer transfer window. The news in the Mail is that the Tyneside club have made enquiries, although these would appear to be rather late.
Halliche was included in the squad to represent Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and played every minute in all the matches, as their National side only conceded two goals in the group stage, and famously held England to a 0-0 draw.
On the Fulham side of things, former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is out with a long term injury, and Halliche is thought to be a good replacement for the Swiss defender.
We’re not sure why such a late effort is being made by Newcastle for this player, but that assumes the story in the Daily Mail is true.
The player has been on loan at Portuguese side Nacional da Madeira since 2008, where he has played over 40 times, but the Premier League would be a considerable step up in class for the 6’1″ defender.