There is news in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle are trying to arrange for the transfer of 25 year-old Lyon defender Bakary Kone, and as far as we can tell this is the first time the Magpies have been linked with Kone.
Bakary Kone – Lyon’s 25 year-old defender
Kone was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and moved to French club Guingamp in 2006, and he joined Lyon in August, 2011 and he signed a five-year deal for €3.8M (£3.2M).
Cardiff City are also said to also be interested in the 6’2″ right-footed center-back, who has played 23 times for Burkina Faso.
Last season he played 27 times with one goal for Lyon, and Kone has a total of 72 total appearances for Lyon with 5 goals over the last couple of seasons.
And while at Guingamp, the 25 year-old played 129 times with 9 goals.
The news is that Newcastle are willing to pay out £10M for Kone and Gomis as a double bid, and the cash that Newcastle pay for their transfer targets will certainly help Lyon out on the financial side of things.
We’d be a little surprised if Newcastle do bring in a defender, but if we do, we would then expect Mike Williamson to be moved out of the club before September rolls around.
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