Newcastle Linked With French Central Midfielder

French daily L’Equipe is reporting today that Newcastle are one of the clubs interested in Abdoulaye Doucoure of Stade Rennais (Rennes)  who plays in central midfield.

We were reported interested in the 23 year-old last summer, so it’s not too surprising we are again being linked with the 6 ft tall youngster – who has played for all the French youth sides.

Abdoulaye Doucoure

Abdoulaye Doucoure – Newcastle interested

Leicester and Watford are the two other Premier League clubs who have made an approach for the player.

Watford already made an offer of just over £7M last summer towards the end of August, but the deal did not go through.

Surprisingly both Watford and Leicester are doing much better than Newcastle this season with Leicester in 2nd place and Watford in 9th place in the Premier League.

Newcastle are currently 18th with a measly 17 points and we have lost to both Leicester and Watford at home this season.


Abdoulaye has scored 3 goals in 15 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, and he’s been at the club for the last nine years.

And Rennes are doing quite well this season and are in 7th place in the French League.

Doucoure is good in both attacking and defensive roles as a central midfielder, but this season he has played in more of an attacking role for his club.

He made his debut in Ligue 1 back in the 2012/2013 season and so far has played 87 times for Rennes with 16 goals and 15 assists and his contract in France still has 18 months to run.

Watford appear to be in the lead for the youngster’s signature this month.

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