Newcastle were first linked with Bordeaux’s 27 year-old Ludovic Sané in April of last year, and we probably became interested in him after he gave a good performance for Bordeaux in the Europa League against us at St. James’ Park in our 3-0 win in October of 2012.
Ludovic Sané – Bordeaux defensive midfielder
There is news in France that Newcastle are interested in the Ivory Coast International, who stands 6’4″ tall and can play in defensive midfield and at center-back – so he could be a useful addition to the Newcastle squad.
Newcastle scouts were at the Bordeaux – Lyon game last night ,which the visitors won 5-0 with two goals from Alexandre Lacazette – a one time Newcastle striker target – and Bordeaux went down to 10 men after 65 minutes when Nicolas Pallois got a straight red card.
There is a chance that Newcastle will cash in on Cheick Tiote in January, and since Cheick is suspended for the game at Manchester United on Friday, he will only be able to play another three games for us, before he’s off to join the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations.
Sané joined Bordeaux from US Lormont in 2009, and he was born in Villeneuve-sur-Lot in southwestern France, and began his football career playing for the local club US Lormont, on the outskirts of Bordeaux.
He has a contract at Bordeaux until the summer of 2017, so we may need to pay a decent fee for the player – and that could make it doubtful we will be able to get him.
Sane’s played 203 times for Bordeaux with 10 goals and 5 assists, and he has 8 caps for Senegal after receiving his first cap back in 2010.
If Newcastle are interested in selling Cheick Tiote in January and cashing in on him for around £15M (if possible), it would be wise to line up a replacement so we don’t sell one of our best players next month and don’t replace him.
Newcastle have done that three times in the past.
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