A report in the French outlet Marcato365 is linking Newcastle with 26 year-old Senegal International Papy Djilobodji, who plays for FC Nantes.
Papy Djilobodji – 26 year-old powerful center-back
The player has one year left on his contract at Nantes, where he has been since 2010, after joining them from December of 2009.
The 6’4″ center-back has played 177 times with 9 goals and 2 assists for his French club, and apparently there was some interest in him during the January transfer window.
He was in the Senegal squad for the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in January, and made two appearances in the group games.
At 6’4″ tall he is very good in the air, has speed on the ground and reads a game well – so those are a rare combination of talents to have.
While his main position is in central defense, he can also play in defensive midfield.
With just one year left on his contract at Nantes, Newcastle could move in and potentially get a good deal, and we are going to need to bring in a lot of players this summer to strengthen and expand the squad, and the back four will be a priority area.
Djilobodji’s powerful build and physical makes him well fitted to be a success in the Premier League, and we need big center-backs at Newcastle, who can head the ball – as John Carver has alluded to.
Sunderland are also said to be interested in the player , who would probably cost around £4M, which is the type of low transfer fee Newcastle like to to pay.
It should be a very busy summer transfer market for the north-east club, who are operating with a threadbare squad – and to an extent it’s do or die if Mike Ashley is ever going to build a top side at Newcastle.
That’s always assuming that’s something that may interest the owner.
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