There was a report in Le 10 Sport in France yesterday, that Newcastle have become interested in Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, the 6’2″ Valenciennes and French U21 defender.
Nicolas Isimat-Mirin – 21 year-old French defender
The news is that Newcastle have been tracking the youngster for some time and are now keen to sign him, although Liverpool have also been tracking the player for a while now, and may have a head start on Newcastle.
Valenciennes are doing well in Ligue 1 this season and are currently in 6th place on 29 points, just 9 points behind league leading Paris Saint Germain.
Apparently for financial reasons his French club are looking to sell at least one of their players next month, although a loan in January through the end of the season is also not out of the question.
One reason Newcastle may be interested, is that the youngster has only eighteen months left on the three year contract he signed in 2011, and that was a year after he moved to Valenciennes from Rennes.
Newcastle must bring in new defenders next month, as our defense is again the Achilles heel of the side this season, and we have only three experienced center-backs available, and one of them – Steven Taylor – has been out a couple of months with another hamstring injury.
The report in Le 10 Sport suggests that Liverpool may be looking to buy the 21 year old in January, but then loan him back to Valenciennes for the rest of the season, and that’s apparently something the French club would be willing to do.
Isimat-Mirin’s value is said to be up to £4M, and that’s within Newcastle’s budget, although he will be one for the future if brought to Tyneside.
Isimat-Mirin made his debut for Valenciennes in 2010, and he has played 5 times for the France U20 side and 3 times for the U21 side – and he has appeared 68 times for his current club and scored 3 goals.
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