Newcastle Interested In Signing International Center-Back

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Newcastle are being linked with Alaves centre-back Zouhair Feddal, according to the Mail.

The interest in the 6ft 3 ins center-back is partly  because he has a buyout clause in his contract in Spain of just €3M which is about £2.6M.

Newcastle are a little short of money this summer  compared with other Premier League clubs, so we are looking for some good deals so the club can bring in up to eight first team players over the summer.

27 year-old Alaves centre-back Zouhair Feddal

The other English club who are being linked with the 27-year-old player is Premier League club Southampton.

The two Premier League clubs could also see competition in La Liga from both Valencia and Real Betis.

Rafa Benitez is said to be interested in the player because he reads the game well in addition to being fairly cheap in the transfer market, but the question is always whether he is better than what we already have at the club.

At the moment Newcastle have captain Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Chancel Mbemba and new boy Florian Lejeune as center-backs and if Feddal comes in then one of the four players could be sold.

Maybe that would be Chancel Mbemba – although he looked good on Friday night at Hearts in the friendly and doesn’t want to leave Newcastle.

Chancel can also play at right-back where he started on Friday night and Rafa could make him into a full back for the coming season.

He could then challenge DeAndre Yedlin at right back as a ready-made replacement for the departed Vurnon Anita, who moved to Leeds United as a free agent this summer.

Rafa will have all the information he needs to know about Feddal from his many contacts in Spain, so if Rafa believes he can improve on what we already have then he could well bid for the 13 times capped Moroccan International.

Feddal has played for a number of Spanish clubs in his career and only moved to Alaves from Levante last season, but they had a decent season finishing 9th in La Liga.

He played a total off 33 times last term with two goals and two assists and looked a solid center-back.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • c-dog

    Jul 16, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Who?

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 16, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Looks like he could do with a liver transplant

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  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I wonder when or even if Murphy’s going to be signed up? Norwich want £16m and we’re reported to have offered £12m having moved from £8m?

    Alaves supposedly wanted by Southampton? Might as well forget about him too!

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  • john tudor

    Jul 16, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Henceforth Mashley shall be known as TAC

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 16, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Get off my train….

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  • NYMAG

    Jul 16, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #6

    I rate Mbmeba but not at right back. He gets completely found out and looks uncomfortable. There is no way he’d challenge Yedders for that spot. If we played 3 CBs he could be the right side of the 3 with Lejuene in the middle and Clark on the left. I’d like to see us try that preseason. Have Yedders or Ritchie as wing back on one side and Aaron’s on the other.

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  • geordie abroad

    Jul 16, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #7

    NYMAG I’d love to see us play a back 3, but at the moment don’t have the right personnel. To make it work we’d need a couple of hard working wingers with speed to take the place of one of the wingback positions (e.g. chelsea play moses, arsenal play chamberlain, man city played navas) at the moment we don’t have that as Ritchies not quick enough. For that role I could see Feghouli from West Ham, Campbell from Arsenal and Rahman from Chelsea being good. All realistic targets and available, fast, skillful and don’t mind the defensive stuff.
    Plus I think we are short a real commanding CB to dictate the defense…for me Smalling would be ideal.
    Clark…Smalling…Mbemba with Dummett..Lascelles…Lejuene as back-up But i’m dreaming as we’d never get Smalling

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