Toulouse Defender A Replacement For Davide Santon?

The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle may try to bring in Toulouse left-sided defender Toulouse left back Cheikh M’Bengue in the summer.

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Cheikh M’Bengue – Newcastle target in the summer

Newcastle were first linked with Cheikh in March two years ago, and Chief Scout Graham Carr has watched him since that time.

Cheikh played 12 times for the France U21 side and has 10 caps for Senegal, and the left back has played 171 times in total for Toulouse with two goals, since making his debut in September of 2007, as a 19 year-old.

The interesting news in the Mail is that they say that Cheikh will come in as a replacement for Davide Santon, if he is sold in the summer.

His former club Inter-Milan have expressed an interest in the player,  and could have even bid for Davide last January, but his agent Renzo Contratto does not think that a move will materialize for David this  summer.

This is what Contratto told Radio Crc a couple of weeks ago:

“I believe that Davide will remain in England because Newcastle want to count on him next season too.” “The club believe that he still has great room for improvement.”

Davide is currently out with a hamstring strain he picked up against Fulham, and is not expected back for a number of weeks, and we expect 20 year-old Massadio Haidara to play at left back in his place.

Davide has played 38 times for Newcastle this season with one goal,  and has made a total of 65 appearances in the almost two seasons he has been on Tyneside, since he joined from Inter-Milan for £5M.

We think he’ll still be at Newcastle come September.

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12 comments so far

  • beefman13

    Apr 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Santon is a good kid but he is more suited to wing play, we need proper defenders. m`bengue is decent lets try this route.

  • Jayden

    Apr 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Cue another discussion on Santon’s best position..

    This lad’s apparently a hothead tho – I’m not convinced about him. Plus; Toulouse don’t really like us that much :S

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Jayden from previous thread; me and you know that however the impartial reader wouldn’t. Very one sided article, but your right.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 13, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Considering he was at the Fulham game on Sunday I’d say yes he will b signing

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 13, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Santon is a lightweight defender but superb when we are in possession.

    I’m sure he’s here to tighten up and toughen up his defending in the EPL before it’s back to Serie A to fulfill his destiny.

    We’ll get one more season, two or three out of him if we’re lucky. On his day he’s my favourite player. His solitary goal for us was class.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 13, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #6

    People posted pictures with him on twitter at gatwick on his way up to Newcastle for the match said he was signing and people spoke to him at the match n also said he was signing

  • santoon

    Apr 13, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #7

    bale started as a lb..

  • geordiesteve520

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    @2 I am pretty sure Toulouse are OK with us,we paid for Sissoko and didn’t take him for nothing; it seems it is Montpellier that hate us.

  • Owldman

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Here we go again! another week another rumour, this player supposed to be at the game onThursday & someone that he will be signing for the Toon unless he is out of contract at the end of the season, if he is then he could sign a pre-contract agreement, if not he has to wait untill his club comes to an agreemen with the Toon.As I have blogged before lets wait until their signature is on the contract, remember a certain Mr Remy?

  • Owldman

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Follow on from my previou blog, why dont we give Simpson an improved contract, we would then have more then enough defensive cover then go for two quality srikers & CDM if Santon left another LB, I would prefer for us to possibly pay a little more for a striker to take pressure off Cisse

  • Owldman

    Apr 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Santoon , Bale is natural left footer, I dont think Santon is certainly favours his right.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Apr 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Owldman @10
    I think there is a case for holding on to Simpson, but he wants hirst team regular football and I don’t think he will get it here next season.


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