Newcastle In Shock Move For Marseille Winger

French web-site Foot Mercato are reporting tonight that Newcastle are interested in taking Marseille’s 27 year-old attacking midfielder Romain Alessandrini to Tyneside.

Marseille, like Newcastle are still hoping to offload some players before September and it looks like the winger is one of those available.

Florian Thauvin left Newcastle recently for a season long loan at the French club with an obligation to buy, once Florian has played a given number of games.

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Romain Alessandrini – 27 year-old Marseille winger

The player started his career at his home town club Marseille and came through the Youth Academy there, but he then left for Gueugnon in 2008.

Romain found his way back to Marseille only two years ago from Rennes.

The report suggests that Newcastle will go up to around €5M (£4.3M) for the player – not much – which is what Marseille paid Rennes to bring him back to the south of France club two years ago.

His style of play is that he has considerable pace, is good at dribbling and can score goals from midfield.

We are a bit dubious of this report however, and wonder if Alessandrini is good enough or is physical enough of a player at 5ft 8ins tall to put up with the significant rigors of English football.

After all the last two French wingers to arrive on Tyneside – Remy Cabella (£8M) and Florian Thauvin (£13M) both failed miserably and we haven’t had too much success with French wingers over the last few years at Newcastle.

And both of those players are now at Marseille so they are above Alessandrini in the pecking order.

In his two seasons at Marseille he has played 57 games with 11 goals and 8 assists and while at Rennes for two seasons he made 60 appearance and scored 20 goals with 12 assists.

What do you think?

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