There is some persistent news that Newcastle are in the lead to get Dijon midfielder Benjamin Corgnet this summer.
Benjamin Corgnet – French attacking midfielder
Reports on French radio station RMC Sports are that Newcastle are zoning in on the capture of the 24 year-old French attacking midfielder.
The player plays for Dijon FCO in the French first division and they are currently in 15th place, but just 3 points above the drop zone.
The news in early January was that Newcastle bid £4.5M for the player but it was turned down by the French club, because they wanted their star player to stay with them until the summer, to help them stave off relegation.
Benjamin helped the club to gain promotion only last year, and they want to ensure they stay in the French first division, but the indications are they are ready to sell in the summer, and there are constant rumors that he will join the Magpies.
Liverpool (of course) and Arsenal are also said to be after the player, but it seems that Newcastle have moved in quickly, and it wouldn’t surprise us if they have already agreed terms with Dijon for their impressive midfielder.
Dijon manager Patrice Carteron said this in early January – so it seems they would be willing to let him go this summer:
“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.”
Benjamin has been at Dijon for two years and in all competitions has appeared 56 times with 50 starts and has scored 9 goals.
The midfielder turns 25 in April and moved to Dijon after being spotted playing in the fifth division of French football, so we suppose this lad has been a a late developer?
With Newcastle being continually linked with the 5’11” player, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Magpies sign him up in the summer, although a £4.5M fee seems high – so he must be good. 😀
After all that’s what Newcastle paid for French International attacking midfielder Yohan Cabaye last summer.