Newcastle have been interested in 24 year-old Caen central midfielder N’Golo Kante for a couple of years now, and he signed on at Caen from French third tier club US Boulogne only two years ago.
N’Golo Kante – 24 year-old central midfielder
The player is of Malian descent and he has had a very good season in France, and has played 37 games for Caen with 3 goals and 5 assists and he has been in fine form all season.
Arsenal have been closely linked with the player this year for a player who stands just over 5’6″ tall, but there is news today from French radio station RMC that Marseilles have joined the race for the Paris-born player.
Southampton are the other English club said to be keen on the player.
The transfer fee being talked about is only around £5M for the Frenchman and that is a fairly low price for owner Mike Ashley, and we can even afford that.
RMC is reporting that Marseilles have jumped ahead of the other clubs interested in signing the central midfielder, and they have actually opened negotiations with Caen for his transfer.
Marseilles are currently 4th in the French League and they could miss out on a Champions League place and it seems they are already looking to strengthen the team for next season.
While at Caen for almost two seasons he has played 79 times with 6 goals and 9 assists, and the Parisian can still improve if brought to the English Premier League.
And these are the types of players Newcastle will be trying to sign in the summer.