Newcastle Linked With Another French Attacking Midfielder

With Newcastle now scouring the French football leagues for good bargains it’s not surprising that Arsenal could be int here for the same players.

Benjamin Corgnet – top French midfielder interesting Arsenal and Newcastle

Arsene Wenger has brought in a lot of French players in his time as the Arsenal manager, and it seems that both clubs are now keen on Dijon midfielder Benjamin Corgnet.

Newcastle were said to have made an offer for the Dijon midfielder in early January,  and that was said by the Dijon manager  at the time to have been a large bid from Newcastle, but it was still turned down by the French club.

The 24-year-old was born in Thionville, France and was signed by Dijon after he was spotted playing for amateur club Monts d’Or Azergues in the Championnat de France amateur 2, the fifth division of French football.

It’s clear that Newcastle are after an attacking midfielder this summer, and only a couple of days ago we were linked with 22 year-old attacking midfielder Romain Amalfitano, who is a free agent in the summer and the news was that Newcastle were ready to offer the lad a three year deal.

Corgnet looks to be a very good player and there are now a number of Premier League clubs taking notice, including Arsenal and Newcastle .

The 5’11” Corgnet is a very good all around player,  and has a phenomenal work rate, and he can also score the goals and has 9 goals this season so far for Dijon.

Of course Newcastle have scoured the French market and we expect some unknown players to be signed up after Chief Scout Graham Carr has continued to check out up and coming players across the English Channel this season.

Since joining Dijon Corgnet in 2010, he has played 60 times for the French side and scored 10 goals, and this season he has made 27 total overall appearances with 9 goals, and has been Dijon’s star player.

This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with this player, and in early January we reported that Dijon had turned down an offer of £4.5M from Newcastle for their player.

It looks to us that Newcastle are really interested in acquiring this player in the summer, and at the time their manager Patrice Carteron had this to say:

“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 wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle get this lad into the club early in the summer.

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