Newcastle will be concentrating mainly on bringing in some strikers this summer, since that seems the number one priority, but with James Perch having left, and Dan Gosling seemingly on his way to Crystal Palace, it could be that Joe Kinnear will also try to move center-back Mike Williamson out of the club.
Nicolas N’Koulou – 23 year-old Marseilles center-back
Mike didn’t play much at all this year, once the five Frenchmen were brought in, and while he wants to stay on Tyneside, there will be a number of flubs interested in the 6’4″ central defender if he becomes available
And if that happens Newcastle will be on the lookout for another center-back to bring into the club this summer.
One center-back we were linked with in April is Marseilles 6′ defender Nicolas N’Koulou, who still has a couple of years left on his contract at Marseilles.
And this is another in our series of focusing on young players who Newcastle may be interested in now, or in the future.
Nicholas signed on at Monaco in early 2008, and he stayed at the French club for three and a half years, and then signed in June of 2011, on a four year contract at Marseilles.
The right-footed center-back was in top form last season, and that helped Marseilles reach second place in the French League with 71 points, although they still finished a full 12 points behind Champions Paris Saint-Germain.
The player has attracted a number of Premier League clubs already, and the news in April was that Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr has been watching the player this season.
N’Koulou has played 36 times for Cameroon and he has played around 90 times for Marseilles and played around 90 times for Monaco.
With Fabricio Coloccini deciding to stay at Newcastle, it could be that Nicholas will now not be a target this summer – and he wouldn’t come cheap.
On the transfermarket web-site he is listed as being worth around £11.5M, which is high for Newcastle, but anything seems high for Newcastle these days.
This lad is an excellent defender and he was linked with Arsenal last January, after he didn’t sign a new contract at Marseilles, but he still has two years to run on the four year deal he singed at the Mediterranean club in 2011.
Here’s some video of the 23 year-old.
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