Looking back at our archives for this site, Newcastle United were first interested in Senegal left-back Cheikh M’Bengue back in 2012, when Graham Carr was tracking another Toulouse player at that time – Moussa Sissoko.
We signed Moussa in January of 213 and have since been intermittently linked with the 27 year-old Senegal International left back, who moved to Rennes in the summer of 2013 as a free agent.
Cheikh M’Bengue – in action for Rennes
And news today that Cheikh would be interested in a move to England, now that he is again a free agent with his contract running out at the end of the month with Rennes.
M’Bengue has been linked with a possible move to Newcastle, but it could be that Sunderland are better positioned to sign him this summer – if they need a left back – with former Newcastle loan player Patrick van Aanholt playing well.
Other clubs linked with Cheikh apart from the north-east duo are Stoke City, West Brom, Saint-Etienne and Hamburg.
M’Bengue is quoted today as saying this:
“It is true that I have a little attraction to the English league and the German championship.”
“But there is also the reality of the market, supply and demand. I’m not focused on these championships.”
“If I have something that fits me where the offer is interesting, why not … I am open to many things.”
“Many clubs have approached me.Saint-Etienne asked me. There is also Sunderland, clubs in Turkey, Newcastle.”
“I will leave it a little time but not too much.” “Sunderland is a club that interests me,”
“All interest me.”
Well how’s that for diplomacy – all clubs interest him – you cannot get better than that to keep clubs interested in you.
He made his international debut for Senegal in June 2011, and has played 23 times for his country.
M’Bengue made 89 appearances for Rennes over the last three years and the 6ft tall defender played a total of 159 times for Toulouse before that.
Newcastle need to reinforce all positions in the back four and Cheikh would seem to be a good buy as a free agent – if Rafa Benitez can persuade him to join us in England’s second division.