Newcastle Linked With Senegal International Defender

We are hoping that Newcastle will do all they can to strengthen the squad in January, whether or not we are still low down the table, as we are at the present time.

Cheikhou Kouyaté – Senegal International center-back

And there’s news today that Newcastle are interested in 22 year-old Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate, who has played 5 times for the Senegal National side.

Cheikhou is starting to draw the attention of an umber of big clubs this season with his excellent performances in the Belgian league.

The news of Newcastle’s interest is in the Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure, and says Newcastle may be ready to make a bid for him in January, but how much truth there’s in this report we don’t know.

Other clubs like Anzhi Makhachkala and Zenit St Petersburg in Russia are interested in the 6’4″ tall defender, who was born in Dakar, Senegal – the same place as Papiss Cisse’s birthplace.

Budesliga clubs Stuttgart and Wolfsburg are also said to be interested in taking him to Germany.

The big lad can play at center-back, but has also played in defensive midfield, so he seems a versatile enough player. He joined Brussels FC in 2006, from his home town club ASC Yego Dakar, and then moved to Anderlecht in 2008, after rumors that Arsenal had been scouting the player that summer.

Anderlecht are said to want around £7M for their star player, but if that’s true we cannot see Newcastle paying that out for a center-back.

That’s because 24 year-old Brazilian Douglas of FC Twente, who is also 6″4″ tall, would be available for say £2M in January, since his contract runs out at the Dutch club in the summer.

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