Newcastle were said to be ready to bid for Caen midfielder Ngolo Kante in late August of 2013, almost two years ago, but nothing came of that.
Ngolo Kante – Caen central midfielder
But Newcastle often go back in for previous targets and Kante is now 24, and there are reports coming out of France that Newcastle have been watching the midfielder with a potential bid coming from the Magpies in the summer.
The player turned 24 only last Saturday, and L’Equipe are reporting there are a number of clubs interested in the player, including Newcastle.
The 5’7″ central midfielder has played well this season for Caen and in 31 appearances he has 3 goals and 4 assists.
During the 2012/2013 season he played with Boulogne in the Championnat National, which is the third tier of French football, and in the summer of 2013 joined second division Caen.
In his first season at Caen they were promoted to the French first division with Kante playing 38 games, and the team finished third to get the promotion.
He has now made 73 total appearances for Caen with 6 goals and 8 assists.
The Paris-born player has never played for any of the French Youth teams or the full side, but he; still attracting interest from a number of clubs with Marseilles probably being the favorite to sign him ion the summer.
The fee is thought to be around £5M, and Newcastle certainly have the money available this summer – some reports say as much as £60M, and we may even spend some of that this summer.
But Newcastle should be motivated to bring in some good players this summer in what looks like a big rebuilding of the squad.
We need to have a big rebuilding of the squad.
And L’Equipe suggest Newcastle are very keen to sign the player, and he could be a replacement for Cheick Tiote, who is almost certainly going to leave Newcastle this summer.
Newcastle should get around £10M for Tiote, and the owner likes to replace former stars with players that cost at most half of the transfer fee, so if we can get Kante in for £5M, the maths would seem to work for Mike Ashley.
We wouldn’t be surprised if we beat Marseilles to signing this player, and get him to Tyneside in the summer, and he’s been watched by Chief Scout Graham Carr over the last two seasons.
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