The Mail is reporting today that Newcastle United are interested in signing 25 year-old Cameroon International defender Nicholas N’Koulou, who has been at Marseilles since the summer of 2011.
Nicolas N’Koulou – 25 year-old Cameroon International
The 25-year-old has 51 caps for his country and was at Monaco for three years from 2008 before signing on at Marseilles, where he has played 164 games with 5 goals and while at Monaco he played 86 times.
He is an excellent defender, and his contract at the French club will have just one year to run in the summer, so maybe Newcastle could get a decent deal on him – we certainly need some good center-backs brought in this summer.
But he will cost in the range of £10M – but Newcastle have big money available in the summer – they just have to get the will together to spend it.
However, Everton are also interested in the player as a possible replacement for 37 year-old Sylvain Distin, the former Newcastle center-back, so we’ll have some competition for him.
With Newcastle going after some good players in the summer, and N’Koulou is one of them, it will be interesting to see how we fare against more ambitious clubs like Everton.
Unless Newcastle publicly state their intentions in the summer is to go after a top six place in the Premier League and attempt to get into Europe each year, good players could well shun the Tyneside club because of our (complete) lack of ambition.
But we are probably dreaming again, as that statement is unlikely to come from a club run so frugally by owner Mike Ashley and supported (100%) by Managing Director Lee Charnley.
Mike Ashley’s frugal ways have got the Tyneside club into big trouble this year, and we could still be relegated on May 24th, make no mistake about that.
We may be a rich club at the moment, but not enough money is being invested in the playing squad.