There is news coming out that both Newcastle and Arsenal are interested in Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou.
Aurélien Chedjou – has played 16 times for Cameroon
The 26 year old Cameroon international joined Lille in 2007 and had previously played for Rouen from 2006, and before that had been at Auxerre, so he’s played his football wholly in the French league.
His agent, Bruno Satin, told calciomercatoweb.it:
“Lille is doing a little less well than last year so it is likely that after this season he’ll leave the French club.”
“His priority is to go to England. I’m talking to some clubs in the Premier League and we are working for a possible transfer overseas.”
It’s hard to know if what an agent says is true, because their job is to fix the player up with a new club, and often they will say things to get their client in the limelight – and in the news – which helps to get the word out that he is available..
But it’s clear that Newcastle need a new center-back, and somebody who can come straight into the first team and fight it out with Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson for the two central defense positions.
Aurélien was born in Douala, the largest city in Cameroon and the capital of Cameroon’s Littoral Province, in 1985.
His very first club was Pau FC, who play in the lower divisions of the French league, and he joined them when he 17 years old back in 2003, before joining Auxerre one year later..
This season he has played 25 times for Lille in all competitions, and since arriving in 2007, he has over 150 appearances for the French Champions with four goals.
Newcastle will know all about this right footed player, after they had watched Yohan Cabaye at Lille last season lot, and finally signed the French International for €5M last summer.
No mention how much Aurélien would cost, but we would expect it would be under £5M, and players coming in from the French League are usually good value for money, which is what Newcastle want in their transfer dealings.
It’s the first time Newcastle have been linked with this player, and it’s not surprising that Arsenal are linked with this player, since they need new defenders in the summer, after that display in Milan last week in the European Champions League.
The Arsenal defense has not looked strong this season, and they also seem have to have plenty of money available, if only they can persuade Arsene Wenger to use some of it.