It’s going to be interesting to see who Graham Carr has been looking at over the last four months or so, and we should get to know that as the bids Newcastle make become known.
Benjamin Corgnet – Dijon not keen to lose him
There is news today that Newcastle have bid £4.5M for French midfielder Benjamin Corgnet who plays for Dijon FCO, and the bid has been immediately turned down by the French Ligue 1 club.
The 24-year old 5’11” French central midfielder has been in good form for his side this season, and is their top scorer with 7 goals in his 19 league appearances for the club.
Dijon are currently 5th bottom of the French League with only 19 points from their 19 games and only one point above the drop zone.
Benjamin joined Dijon in 2010 after playing for amateur club Monts d’Or Azergues for a couple of years, and last season he played for Dijon in the French second division, and in 27 total appearances he scored only a single goal.
There is a rumor that he has a buy-out clause in his current contract of £5.8M, and if that’s true, then if Newcastle raised their bid by £1.3M then Dijon would have to sell the player.
Dijon are not keen to lose Corgnet in January, and their manager Patrice Carteron had this to say today:
“We had a direct approach from Newcastle, but he is of the same approach as us and wants to continue to grow and play a full season in Ligue 1.”
“We would allow him to leave at the end of the season. Newcastle’s offer was very high.”
It seems that the French club would be willing to let him go in the summer, but they want to keep him so he can help them stay in the French first division this season, which even seems understandable.
As we mentioned earlier, some of the players we are linked with in January could be joining the club in the summer, and Benjamin could certainly be one of them.
However, since he’s a central midfielder we hope that doesn’t mean the club are going to allow Cheick Tiote to leave this month.
If Cheick does leave later this month, we assume Newcastle could move in for Corgnet and bid the full £5.8M, and the French club would then have to sell.
What do you think about this news?