There are reports in France from Get French Football News (via Yahoo Sports) that Newcastle are interested in signing 25-year-old Toulouse central defender Christopher Jullien.
Southampton are already after the 6ft 5ins defender and Newcastle seem to have joined the race for a player who will cost about £9M.
It seems that Julian could be the replacement for Chancel Mebmba – always assuming Newcastle can finally get that deal over the finishing line.
25-year-old Toulouse central defender Christopher Jullien
The 25-year-old played for the U20 French side but has no more International caps at any level.
Jullian joined Toulouse two years ago from SC Freiburg where he had stayed for three years after signing on from Auxerre back in 2013.
He’s played 73 times for Toulouse with 7 goals and 4 assists and last season he played 36 games with 2 goals and 3 assists.
If we can get £8M from Porto that will go a long way towards the fee for Jullian and those transfer fees could even cancel each other out.
Given that Rafa doesn’t seem to rate Mbemba this could be a good move for Newcastle.
Jullian could become the fourth center-back for next season and brought in mainly with the money we get for Chancel Mbemba.
His wages will also be less than those of Mbemba.