Newcastle have been watching Lille again a number of times this season.
Mathieu Debuchy – are Newcastle scouting this player?
Two of Newcastle’s targets last year played for the the French Champions, and we signed Yohan Cabaye and tried to sign their winger/striker Gervinho, but after a fee of £10M had been agreed, Newcastle apparently pulled out of the deal.
And if the local press is to believed, the reason for that was based on Gervinho’s character, and during the meetings with Newcastle, he was said to be continually texting on his phone.
That may have not been the only reason Newcastle did not pursue the winger, but it was probably in some way based on the lad’s character, and there were some reports over the summer actually saying his character was suspect, so that story could even be true.
But now there is news from Joe Cole at Lille, that Alan Pardew has been seen around six times at Lille games this season.
Eden Hazard is a big target for some top clubs, but the fee for the 21 year-old Belgium play-maker, is way out of the range of Newcastle.
And in any case the Tyneside club wants to unearth players, who do not have high transfer fees on them – yet.
Alan Pardew works closely with Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr, and Alan said recently he would be taking in some games before the end of the season, to make checks on the Newcastle summer targets.
One player it could be is 26 year-old right back and French International Mathieu Debuchy, who has been linked recently with Newcastle, and is very good friends with Yohan Cabaye.
Mathieu made his debt for Lille back in 2003, and has so far played 279 times for his local club, and scored 17 goals, and it’s the only club he has ever played for.
That’s much like Yohan Cabaye history, and Cabaye had only played for local club Lille before joining Newcastle last summer.
That’s our best bet for who we may be watching, any other ideas who Newcastle may be targeting at Lille?