Newcastle Move Step Closer To Signing Aymen Abdennour

The next shoe may have fallen in Newcastle’s bid to sign 26 year-old Tunisian International Aymen Abdennour, and this week there have been various reports that Newcastle are keen to sign the center-back.

The Tunisian is reported to be our number one transfer target after we completed the signing of midfielder Florian Thauvin from Marseille a couple of days ago.

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Aymen Abdennour – wants to leave Monaco

There is a report today in France’s Le Parisien that a number of Monaco players will have to be sold before the end of the transfer window, and that’s coupled with the news that Abdennour is keen to join another club.

The report cites sources close to Abdennour that he wants a new challenge and is simply waiting for the right club to come along with a suitable bid so he can leave the Principality.

But the complication could be the fee Monaco want for their top center-back with 30M being quoted – which is around £21M.

Needless to say Newcastle are balking at that much for the Tunisian who only joined Monaco last summer from Toulouse, after spending the second half of last season at Monaco.

There are some top clubs in addition to Newcastle after the 26 year-old including AC Milan, Roma, Inter Milan and Napoli and most of them can provide Champions League football which he has  said he wants at his new club.

His agent has said he prefers the Italian League, but earlier in the summer he talked about how great it would be to play in the Premier league – the biggest and most popular league in all of sports.

Newcastle may have to break their transfer fee record of £17M we paid Real Madrid for Michael Owen in August, 2005 to get this player – but given the (big) gap he would fill in the Newcastle side – he could be worth it.

It will be a help to Newcastle that Abdennour has now made it clear he wants to leave Monaco.

There were reports yesterday that the deal may be dependent on Mike Williamson leaving the club – and a loan deal or permanent deal for Williamson should not be too difficult to complete for Newcastle with the experience Mike has.

But since we could get only at most  £2M for Mike,  we’d be very surprised if Newcastle would not sign Abdennour because of that.

If we cannot unload Williamson before September, we may have to keep him on the wage bill until January, when he can then talk to other clubs, since his contract runs out next summer.

What do you think?

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