Newcastle need to bolster their defense in January, but news today that the Toon may be after Manchester City center-back Kolo Toure is hard to believe.
Kolo Toure – are Newcastle really interested?
The Ivory Coast and former Arsenal defender is out of contract next summer, and is unlikely to get a contract extension at City, and Newcastle are always interested in players they can get on the cheap – like for nothing.
So that part of the story seems feasible, but it’s a long time since Newcastle were interested in a player who turns 32 in March.
Kolo could help plug the gap for a couple of seasons on Tyneside, but Newcastle’s strategy under Mike Ashley has been to bring younger players in, who can improve and whose worth increases at the Tyneside club – it’s called good business.
It’s reported that Aston Villa, West Brom, Swansea and QPR all also keen on the 98 times capped Ivory Coast International.
A source close to the player says Newcastle are leading the race:
“There was likely to be a move in January but of course if Micah doesn’t recover before the new year we could have to wait until summer.” “However, a lot of big City performances from him will strengthen his bargaining position on personal terms.”
With Micah Richards now out for four months with a knee ligament injury, it’s very unlikely that City will let Koulo move in January, but we just cannot see Newcastle signing a 32 year-old next summer.
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