The Daily Mirror are reporting today that Newcastle are interested in Marseilles center-back Nicolas N’Koulou – full name – Nicolas Alexis Julio N’Koulou N’Doubena.
Nicolas N’Koulou – 23 year-old Marseilles center-back
The Cameroon International turned 23 last month, and is interesting both AC Milan and Juventus but the Yaoundé, Cameroon born player seems keen to move to the English Premier League.
However, his transfer price is estimated at £18M, and if that’s true that will be too much for Mike Ashley to pay out for just one player – we brought in five French players in January for that same estimated amount.
Newcastle will need to bring in an experienced center-back this summer, whether or not Fabricio Coloccini leaves to return home to Argentina.
The news is that Marseilles may be willing to do a part-exchange deal and Marseilles are thought to be keen on Newcastle’s 27 year-old former England U21 captain Steven Taylor.
But let’s say it our loud – there’s just no way Newcastle would include local lad Steven Taylor in any part exchange deal – just no way.
This is what the Cameroon International had to say:
“The club and me are together on my future. If they receive an offer they can’t refuse, then we will have to part company.”
Newcastle may want to include Mike Williamson in any deal in the summer, since it’s very likely that Mike will leave Newcastle, although he’s already been linked with Swansea, who will be in the Europa League next season.
N’Koulou has played 36 times for Cameroon and joined Marseilles form Monaco in the summer of 2011, and has played 90 times for Marseilles and played around 86 times for Monaco.
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