The Sunday Times reported yesterday that it was Aston Villa and Newcastle who were the two Premier League clubs who were interested in Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and with 9 days to go before the end of the summer transfer window, we could still see Newcastle bring in maybe two players.
Even though Newcastle played so well in defense against Manchester United on Saturday, and got a good point in the 0-0 draw, most fans would love to see defensive reinforcements brought in.
26 year-old Aymen Abdennour – Monaco center-back
The French press have been reporting that Abdennour is Newcastle’s top defensive target, but the Magpies would only do business if the club can get a good deal on the Tunisian.
Monaco want as much as £18M for their former Toulouse center-back, but that’s a lot of money and maybe wishful thinking by his current club.
It could be that Villa are more desperate and need to use some of that £33M they got from Liverpool for Christian Benteke, but it does seem the 26 year-old is a player that McClaren wants at Newcastle – and we could see Newcastle negotiate a deal over the next week.
The Sunday People reported yesterday that Newcastle may make a surprise move for 22 year-old England U21 striker Benik Afob, who has been at Wolves since January but started his career at Arsenal.
Benik Afob – in demand Championship striker
Newcastle are supposed to have already had a bid rejected for a player who cost Wolves £2M in January, and it seems the Leyton-born striker would be a cheaper and younger alternative to Charlie Austin, who Crystal Palace are now said to be after.
This lad can certainly score goals, and if Newcastle can bring him in we wouldn’t be surprised if Papiss Cisse is then allowed to leave the club.
But as things stand now Newcastle are in fairly good shape for strikers, and the more pressing need would be for another good center-back to be brought in – and Aymen Abdennour seems to fit the bill there.
If Newcastle are successful in getting these two players through the door before a week tomorrow, look for both Mike Williamson as well as Papiss Cisse to leave the club before the transfer window closes.
The official close of the transfer window is on Tuesday, September 1st at 6:00pm, and is being extended for one day with next Monday being a Bank Holiday in the UK.