One player that Newcastle have been linked with, and we haven’t yet covered is Blackburn’s Steven N’Zonzi.
Steven N’Zonzi – Blackburn central midfielder
Now it could be because he’s French that Newcastle are being linked with the player, and we don’t know if the stories are true, that the Magpies want this lad on Tyneside.
With Blackburn being relegated and their short-term future far from certain, with Indian owner Venky’s still in control and Steve Keen still the manager, Rovers may have to unload some of their players this summer.
One player we hope Newcastle will go after is free agent David (Junior) Hoilett, the young Canadian forward who doesn’t turn 22 until next Tuesday, and he has looked a very good player on Blackburn’s left wing last season, and is now a free agent.
Newcastle would still need to pay Blackburn compensation for the player, because he is under 24 and has been at Blackburn since 2003.
Steven N’Zonzi, who plays in defensive midfield, joined Blackburn in the summer of 2009 from French club Amiens SC, and he has since played 96 times for Blackburn with 5 goals.
Steven is just short of 6’5″ tall, so could give some power to the Newcastle central midfield, and since he’s French – he was born Colombes, France – he could settle in quickly on Tyneside, given our large and growing French legion.
Steven has played six times for the France U21 side, and has a contract through the summer of 2015, but he could improve on Tyneside, with the lad not turning 24 until December.
What do you think about these two players?