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 – 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.
What do you think?
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