Newcastle Make Strange Transfer Move For French International

There had been news last week that Marseilles´s 30 year-old French International goalkeeper Steve Mandanda wants a move to the Premier League, but there are reports today in France that Newcastle would like to sign him next month.

The report is in L´Equipe and it says that Newcastle have approached his agent to try to make the deal for next month with the transfer fee listed as £4M.


French International goalkeeper Steve Mandanda

The 21 times capped French International has made it known when his contract runs out in June he would like a move to the Premier League – and if this report is true it looks like Newcastle want him in next month.

Other clubs said to be interested are two other relegation candidates – Aston Villa and Norwich City.

But we would be very surprised if there´s any truth in this L´Equipe report – and only last week Steve McClaren said the club would have to review the goalkeeper situation, but that it could wait until the summer.

Steve joined Marseille from Le Havre back in 2007 initially on loan, before signing for them permanently the next year – and he has played a mammoth 412 times for the south of France club.

Mandanda was born in Kinshasa, Zaire and he made his full international debut for France back in May 2008 in a 2–0 win against Ecuador coming on as a half-time substitute for Sebastien Frey.

He had previously played 17 times for the French U21 side and twice for the French B side.

But we would be very surprised if Newcastle bring in any goalkeeper next month.

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