Assuming Newcastle can stay in the Premier League this season, we may have some trouble getting some of our targets over the line in the summer, because we have not done well in the Premier League for the last three seasons, and we’ll probably finish no higher than 15th this season – after the last four games are played.
Aymen Abdennour – 25 year-old Monaco center-back
And there’s been enough publicity about how limited owner Mike Ashley is in his ambitions for Newcastle United – to basically stay in the Premier League so the club can pick up the big TV rights money every May.
There is news in France that we have tried to sign 25 year-old Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, who has played 33 times for Tunisia, but apparently we were quickly turned down.
Aymen finally signed a new deal only last month to stay at Monaco for the next four years, but Get French Football is reporting that Newcastle approached the player in an attempt to get him to sign on for the Tyneside club.
But the news is that Abdennour’s agents quickly turned down Newcastle’s approach because if the defender was to leave Monaco he wanted to join a club that played in the Champions League – which Newcastle haven’t done since back when Sir Bobby Robson was the manager over ten years ago.
Tottenham, Arsenal and PSG were also credited with an interest in the 6’2″powerful central defender, but at the end of the day he decided to stay at Monaco.
Abdennour joined Monaco only last year from Toulouse and he has so far played for Monaco 29 times with one goal, and now has contract with the French club which ends in June, 2019.