Last summer was not a good transfer window for Newcastle, and after stating the need to reinforce the defense, we failed to bring in one top class defender in last summer’s transfer window.
Mathieu Debuchy in France’s colors – still hoping to land at Newcastle
When that kind of thing has happened in the past – for example the summer before when we failed to bring in a striker to replace Andy Carroll, Newcastle have done their best to do some deals in the January transfer window, and we bought Papiss Cisse for around £9M from SC Freiburg last January – and that turned out to be an excellent deal for the Magpies.
And the same kind of thing could happen in a couple of months, as it appears that two of our targets last summer – Mathieu Debuchy and Douglas – are still on Newcastle’s radar screen.
Douglas – would cost only nominal fee in January
Douglas will become a free agent in early July, when his contract runs out at FC Twente, and he will be available for maybe half of what his club was wanting for him in the summer – which is rumored to have been around £4M or £5M.
It may be more difficult to get a good deal for Mathieu Debuchy at Lille, but perhaps his club have softened their stance on the French International, since Mathieu has let them know he is desperate to move to Newcastle to join his friend Yohan Cabaye at the Tyneside club.
It would be great if Newcastle can get these two defenders on Tyneside, and if Mathieu Debuchy comes, look to Newcastle to sell Danny Simpson in January, and recoup some of the transfer fee they will pay to Lille for Mathieu Debuchy.
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