Newcastle Linked With Toulouse Defender

News in talkSPORT today that Newcastle United are interested in the 23 year-old Toulouse defender Aymen Abdennour, and this is the first time we have been linked with this player.

Aymen Abdennour

Aymen Abdennour – Toulouse defender

However, there are a number of other big clubs interested the player, and they include Paris St-Germain, Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal, so Newcastle face some formidable opposition for their target, and with PSG being ready to pay out huge wages to get players to Paris, they are the favorites to sign the 6’2″ defender.

We have to think that Graham Carr has spotted Abdennour while he was scouting Moussa Sissoko at Toulouse, who is now at Newcastle, and maybe the Frenchman can help to get his former team-mate into Newcastle, even through some big clubs are after him.

Abdennour was also flattered earlier this month when he heard that Spanish powerhouse Barcelona were interested in him, and he had this to say in early March:

“Barcelona are a top team, but the invitation does not mean that I will sign for them.” “It is no secret that I have been watched several times by them, but also by other big clubs.” “I have always dreamed of playing for a big club and by the grace of God I will achieve that.”

One of the other big clubs presumably is Newcastle, so maybe there’s a chance we can get this lad in, as Coloccini is very likely to leave Newcastle this summer.

Abdennour was born in Sousse, Tunisia and he can play at center-back, left back or even on the left wing, so he seems a versatile player – which is good for Newcastle.

He began his career at Etoile Sportive du Sahel in 2008 and in January of 2010, Abdennour signed a half year loan deal with SV Werder Bremen, who had an option to sign him permanently at the end of that season.

The German club did not pick up the option, and in July of 2011, Abdennour signed a four year contract with the Ligue 1 side, and early last year they extended that contract by one year so he’s tied to the club through the summer of 2016.

It looks like it will be very difficult for Newcastle to get this lad into the club in the summer – although you never know.

By our reckoning he has played around 129 times for Toulouse with 10 goals, and he has 26 caps for Tunisia.

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17 comments so far


    Mar 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #1

    I wonder if this could be feasible ?

    Just So we Know who we are talking to on this Blog and to aid understanding and knowing each other better ..Wonder If Ed would consider

    Photograph and Profile ? at least then we could see the Dickhead we are talking too.

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #2
  • geordiesteve520

    Mar 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    FFS McManaman gets off with no sodding ban!

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6
  • AndyNUFC

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #7

    AndyNUFC // Mar 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Whelan should know better – his career was ended by injury.

    I would be ashamed if one of our players done that, there is no defence.

    You can just tell the video replay panel will ask the ref: “didn’t see it”, then the linesman “erm, I saw it” – why didn’t you do anything “I wasn’t sure it was that bad” – right no punishment.

    Amazed. Said it, didn’t believe it. Still cannot believe it.

  • kevymartins

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Strike is in order

  • G.unit

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #9

    I am literally lost for words, as to the none punishment for that scandalous tackle. Yet again the FA showing what a bunch of spineless idiots thay are.

    What sort of example does this set for the rest of football. Don’t normally comment much but the FA have really shown their true colours yet again. Something has to be done!!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Some one please correct me –

    But was Tiote or Barton or could it of been someone else not cited and banned even when a the referee or linesman saw it.

    If so double standards.

    Did JC get a ban?

  • Tinman

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Furious over FA’s decision not to punish McManaman! Cant be punished because the officials seen the incident? Well in that case the officials should be investigated and suspended if they cant even give a free kick for one of the worst challenges you will ever see. Absolutely pathetic.

  • ajcrawfs

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Words can’t describe how mad i feel with this decision by the FA! Fuming! what the hell are they playing at! why is this any different to Balotelli or Cabaye retrospective bans?

  • Tinman

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Charlie, think Llambias mentioned that in his statement. Which by the way, I thought was very well put together. I think he was talking about Barton, but no names were mentioned.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Talk sport – Goughie and Durham are talking about it

  • Rainrix

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #15

    I pray that this leads to a change in the laws of the FA, or just the dissolution of the FA. This is a absolute farce

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #16

    TalkSport = TalkSmoke…and in almost all cases the mirrors variety and not the fire variety…

  • spitfire_

    Mar 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Who speak right now on TalkSport ?


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