There is news in France this week that Newcastle United are interested in signing Benjamin Angou, who plays for Guingamp, and they beat PSG 1-0 last weekend in a big upset.
Benjamin Angou – while at Valenciennes
The Ivory Coast International turned 28 last month, so he a little old for players Mike Ashley likes to sign, but he can play equally well at center-back or in defensive midfield.
We watched the Guingamp 1-0 victory over PSG last weekend, and apparently Newcastle had scouts at the game and have been watching the player over the last couple of months.
Former Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye came on in the second half for PSG, but he was as frustrated as the other PSG players, as the home side held out for a famous victory, after scoring early in the first half in the 11th minute.
Angou only moved to Guingamp in the summer as a free agent from Valenciennes, and the news is that he is available for €5M ( £4M), and according to the French reports – Newcastle want to the sign him in January.
He has played 18 times for the Ivory Coast, but did not make their World Cup squad for Brazil last summer, and the news is being reported in various press outlets in France that in the last couple of months Newcastle have been watching the player.
This powerful player stands 6′ tall and is versatile and played 113 times for Valenciennes with 3 goals after joining them in 2010 from Hungarian club Budapest Honved FC, where he played 90 times.
It’s a little strange that Newcastle are now interested in the player, after we could have brought him into the club last summer as a free agent, and to be willing to pay £4M for him now seems strange – something Mike Ashley doesn’t like doing.
But Newcastle could use him either at center-back or in defensive midfield, and this would make sense if Newcastle are ready to sell Cheick Tiote in January – and that wouldn’t surprise us even though we seem to be moving into a period of difficulties after two successive defeats.
According to our archives, we have never been linked with this player in the past.
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