Mike Ashley owned Football Direct News is reporting today that Newcastle could be interested in signing 24 year-old Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli in the summer – and while the player was born in Levallois-Perret in France, he has played for Algeria 17 times with 5 goals, and previously played for both the France U18 and France U21 sides.
Sofiane Feghouli – Algerian International midfielder
Certainly this player seems to fit exactly the profile of players Mike Ashley likes to sign for Newcastle.
Sofiane Feghouli began his career with Grenoble back in 2006, and he made his debut for the French club at the age of 17 in April of 2007, in a Ligue 2 match against Reims.
He ended up playing 63 times with 3 goals for Grenoble before moving to Valencia as a free agent back in 2010.
While at Valencia he has been in excellent form and in 2012 his play earned him two Algerian player of the year awards – the Le Buteur’s Algerian Ballon d’Or and the DZFoot d’Or.
Sofiane has played 123 times so far for Valencia with 18 goals and 25 assists, and his play over the last year and a half have not been as good as in 2012, but Newcastle scouts have continued to watch the player and have been impressed.
Football Direct News is reporting that Newcastle are still very interested in the player and he could even come at a bargain price, and of course Newcastle are always interested in a good deal – we know that.
Valencia are not in good shape financially and on transfermkt.com the value of the midfielder is listed at around €12M, which is £10M.
But the transfer fee mentioned in the article is £12M, but maybe there’s some confusion there between pounds sterling and euros?
This season, Feghouli has made 23 appearances for Valencia with 3 goals and 7 assists, and from what we can tell ,this player would be a very decent signing for Newcastle at around £10M.
And since Newcastle are expected to get over £80M from the Premier League if we finish in 9th position in the league, there should be money to spend in the summer.
That’s about twice the amount Newcastle received last year from the old Premier League TV deal, so hopefully there could be big money to spend this summer.
Newcastle basically have to rebuild their squad in the summer, with many players expected to leave the club, and we are hoping that owner Mike Ashley will give Alan Pardew a sizable war chest to spend in the transfer market – and of course we also have the £20M we received from PSG for Yohan Cabaye in January.
The Algerian can play either in central midfield or out on the right wing, and he is good with either foot.
What do you think?