French daily L’Equipe are reporting that Newcastle United are interested in Monaca defensive midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, and there are least a couple of good reasons why the report could be accurate.
Jeremy Toulalan – 31 year-old Monaco midfielder
One is that Newcastle will probably be cashing in on Cheick Tiote, Newcastle’s 28 year-old who has been at the club for the last five years and last summer the Ivorian let it be known he was willing to move on.
After only playing 12 games for Newcastle this season, mostly because of injury and not showing particularly good form, it’s a good bet that Cheick will be sold in the summer – so Newcastle are going to be linked with defensive midfielders in the summer transfer window.
And Jeremy’s contract at Monaco runs out in June, and Newcastle are always interested in getting a good bargain and they keep tabs on which players are likely to become free agents two years before their contracts runs out.
So those are the reasons why we may be interested in the 36 times French International, but Toulalan is 31 years-old and turns 32 in September, and that alone is a reason why we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are really after this player.
Inter-Milan are said to be interested in signing the player and L’Equipe says they have already offered him a two year deal.
Toulalan moved to Monaco from Malaga two years ago, and the report says that Napoli are the other Italian club who are interested in signing the player.
One of Mike Ashley’s strategies at Newcastle is to buy younger players for relatively low transfer fees, and then increase their value on Tyneside, and they can then be sold at a (big) profit in two or three years at the club, or even less than that.
Jeremy doesn’t fit that profile, and that’s why we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are interested in the 6ft tall midfielder.
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