Newcastle Make New Move For Former Defensive Target

Newcastle were first interested in Cheikh M’Bengue in the summer of 2011 when he was at his home town club Toulouse and we retained an interest in the player for a couple of years.

But there’s news today that Newcastle are again interested in the 27 year-old who moved to Rennes in the summer of 2013.

French outlet RMC Sport is reporting of Newcastle’s renewed interest in signing the Frenchman next month.

Cheikh M'Bengue

Cheikh M’Bengue – now at Rennes

The 18 times capped 6′ tall Senegal International has been in good form over the past couple of seasons and is attracting interest from a number of clubs around Europe including Newcastle.

And one reason Newcastle are interested in him is that he becomes a free agent in the summer and Newcastle would want to bring him in next month for potentially a bargain basement price – if possible – and we certainly need an experienced left back brought in.

Newcastle keep detailed tabs on players who will be free agents – in case we want to bring the player in on the cheap – which is one of the ways Newcastle are run these days.

While at Toulouse – where he played with Moussa Sissoko for five seasons, he made a total of 158 appearances with two goals and five assists and since he’s been at Rennes he’s played 72 times.

Cheikh played 12 times for the French U21 side but in May 2011, he announced that he would represent the Senegal national team at senior international level.

He made his debut for Senegal in June 2011.

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