Newcastle United were linked with Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti in March of last year, when Chief Scout Graham Carr was said to be scouting the young Lyon defender, who can play at left back or center-back.
Samuel Umtiti – already played 92 times for Lyon
With Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leaving the club this summer Newcastle need to bring in another center-back, and it could be a young defender – with 20 year 6’2″ Sporting Lisbon’ central defender Eric Dier, who was born in Cheltenham, England possibly a target of Newcastle’s this summer.
Or perhaps Newcastle have continued to watch Samuel Umtiti, and the new Lyon manager Hubert Fournier has said the player was seeking a move away from the Ligue 1 side this summer.
This is what Fournier has said in a Lyon press conference:
“Clément Grenier had requested a release if a club offered to give him an increase in his sporting career. Same for Samuel Umtiti,”
“The club has listened. But this is not desirable … Sam is part of the workforce and I count on him for the future .”
With former manager Remi Garde having left the club at the end of the season for personal reasons, a number of Lyon players seem to be wanting to get away – and the two players mentioned above will both very much interest Newcastle United.
With experienced center-backs Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson at the club, Newcastle may want to bring a top young central defender into the mix, and Umtiti would fit the bill.
Samuel was born in Cameroon and he has played at the French U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels, and already has 92 games under his belt with two goals for Lyon, and last season he played 42 times for Lyon in all competitions.
Umtiti made his debut for Lyon in January 2012 in a 3–1 win against Lyon, and he has since become a regular in the Lyon side.
Newcastle should be well stocked for left backs with Santon, Dummett and Haidara fighting it out for the starting position next season, so maybe Umtiti would be brought in as a center-back.
However, he is not that tall for a central defender and stands only 5’11” in his stocking feet.
But Samuel will have probably asked for a move because a club has approached his agent Sebastien Thiery – and we wonder if that club is Newcastle United?
What do you think?
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