Newcastle fans were stunned and delighted at the club capturing 26 year old striker Papiss Cisse yesterday, and the lad will wear the Newcastle number 9 shirt.
24-year-old Yohan Benalouane of Cesena is potential target
Now Newcastle need to bring in a center-back who can get the job done for Newcastle in case Coloccini or Williamson are injured through the end of the season.
That’s important because with the win against Manchester United and the 1-0 win last Sunday against QPR, Newcastle are in a position to finish high up in the Premier League and qualify for Europe next season.
They are now seeking a central defender, with Cesena’s 24-year-old Yohan Benalouane the latest name in the frame, and there was some news yesterday that he could be arriving on loan.
We’re not sure how much money Alan has to spend in January, but a loan deal for Benaloune could be on the cards.
What worries us a little is that he’s not a starter for Cesena and has only played in the Cup competitions this season, and he’s regularly on the bench for the league games.
We have to wonder just how good this 24 year-old 6’1″ center-back is if he cannot make Cesena’a first team.
Since he is a sub at Cesena we suppose that makes him available to come on loan through the end of the season at Newcastle.
The news was that a Newcastle scout was in the stands to watch the Tunisian in a Coppa Italia tie at Napoli last week, according to a report in the French daily, L’Equipe.
The 24 year-old 6’1″ French-born Tunisian joined Saint Etienne back in 2006, and he played about 62 times for the French club before he moved to Cesena in 2010.
Benalouane played once for the French U21 side, but he has never played for Tunisia, and again we have to wonder how good this lad is if he is not a regular player for Tunisia?
Maybe Benaloune could be a stop-gap solution and the club could take a look at him if he does come on loan, before deciding whether to sign him permanently.
But we’d like to see Newcastle sign one of the top young center-backs, and they include 22 year-old James Tomkins of West Ham, 22 year-old Yanga Mbiwa of Montpellier, 18 year-old Harry Maguire of Sheffield United and 20 year-old Lewis Dunk of Brighton.
But one thing is certain – Newcastle must bring in a center-back in January.