Newcastle United were first linked with Anderlecht center-back Cheikhou Kouyate last summer, and we were also reported to be interested in the player last November.
Cheikhou Kouyate – versatile player
The 23-year-old 6’4″ Senegal International has been linked before with Arsenal, but the most recent report is that both Newcastle and Southampton are interested in the defender.
talkSPORT is reporting he’s a target of Newcastle, and it seems that either Fabricio Coloccini or Mike Williamson will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, and even both could be moving on – so we will be linked with a number of center-backs this summer.
The Dakar, Senegal born player moved to Brussels back in 2007, and then joined Anderlecht the following year, and has played around 200 times for the Belgium club.
Cheikhou has played 5 times for the full Senegal National side, and also for the Senegal U20 and U2 sides, and he can play at center-back and also in defensive midfield – so his versatility would be a plus for Newcastle.
The right footed player is rated at around £7M by his club, which should be within Newcastle’s budget, and it will be interesting to see if we can get this player through the door this summer.
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