There is news today that Newcastle United are already bidding for players in the transfer market, and news coming out of France today, suggests that one of their bids has just been rejected.
Cheikh M’Bengue – 22 year-old French U21 International
Sources in France are saying that a bid of £5M from Newcastle United for 22 year-old Toulouse defender, Cheikh M’Bengue, has been rejected.
Newcastle were linked with this player a month or so ago, and it’s interesting he’s a left back.
One very good question is that if Jose Enrique is staying on Tyneside, why would the club want to bring in another experienced left-back?
But the 22 year-old looks a very decent player, and of the right age for Newcastle, he turns 23 in July, and it remains to be seen if the Magpies will increase their offer for the Frenchman, who is of Senegalese descent.
But no doubt Toulouse are only too aware that Newcastle have £35M to spend in the summer, and will try to get the highest price possible for their impressive French U21 International.
M’Bengue stands 6′ tall, and has been with his hometown club Toulouse since he was just seven years old, and so far has made 54 appearances for the club, and has represented France at the U21 level 12 times.
Newcastle’s impressive Chief Scout Graham Carr has been scouring the French football scene for new players, and it seems this may be the first of many bids from Newcastle for a number of players.