The rumors seem to be growing that Newcastle are trying to sign Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, with La Provence reporting on Monday that he would become Newcastle’s number one target once the Florian Thauvin deal was tied – and that was completed yesterday – with Remy Cabella going the other way – initially on loan.
And then a reporter on his Twitter account, who covers Russian football but also has contacts in France, said it was his understanding that Newcastle were close to a deal for the Tunisian center-back.
This is the report on that we released earlier today.
Aymen Abdennour – more stories we are after him
The Chronicle has released an article saying that Aymen Abdennour is indeed a target of Newcastle’s, and it seems we may have more than one player we will try to sign before the end of the window a week on Monday.
Steve McClaren has also talked about the five signings we have made this summer – and he used the words “so far” which means we are still trying to get more through the door.
“The quality of our signings has been very good.” “It’s a rebuilding job and a slow process, but it’s not eight, nine or 10 players at a time.” “We had to make sure we got quality and we have certainly achieved that in our transfers so far this summer.”
Whether we can do that remains to be seen, but Newcastle have already brought in Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Ivan Toney and Florian Thauvin in that order for just over £50M .
Most fans think we have done well so far this summer in getting four senior players through the door for an average of £12.5M each – so they are not cheap – and Mike Ashley has kept his word to splash the cash.
If we can get Aymen Abdennour through the door, he could even become the biggest signing ever by Newcastle, beating the £17M we paid to Real Madrid for Michael Owen in August of 2005, when Graeme Souness was the manager.
There are a number of big clubs after the big 6’2″ central defender, and he has said he wants to play in the Champions League.
But that’s also what Aleksandar Mitrovic said before he finally arrived on Tyneside, and the 20 year-old also seemed to be delighted to join the Magpies, whom he supported growing up in Serbia and we also learned that Alan Shearer was his idol.
If Newcastle can sign Aymen Abdennour it would help fill the holes at the back – and it would be a tremendous signing for the club – maybe even the best of the summer.
Although it’s got to be said that Newcastle have made some great signings this summer – so far.