French international determined to make St James’ switch.
Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy has issued the Premier League club with a come and get me plea, insisting he is determined to leave Lille.
Chairman Michel Seydoux said earlier this month that the France international will be staying after the Ligue 1 side rejected bids from Newcastle.
But 26-year-old Debuchy’s stance that he wants to engineer an exit could encourage Newcastle to make another attempt to sign him.
“I don’t want to talk about my future,” he told Canal+. “I heard what the chairman said. The transfer window is open until September 4 (in France). I still want to go. We will see.”
Every summer there are a number of protracted transfers that rumble on until 31 August and this looks likely to be one such deal.
France international right-back Mathieu Debuchy has made no secret of his desire to leave Lille for Newcastle United but the Ligue 1 club – despite having already signed a replacement – are demanding big money from the thrifty Magpies.
The 26-year-old has been encouraged to join Newcastle by fellow Les Bleus international and former clubmate Yohan Cabaye, reportedly rejecting interest from European Champions Chelsea earlier in the summer.
Debuchy stood out for France at Euro 2012 and looked particularly impressive bombing down the wing against England in the Group opener.
His attacking tendencies may enable Alan Pardew to slightly alter his system and hand responsibility for the entire right flank to Debuchy, enabling the Toon boss to drop the disappointing Gabriel Obertan, who is best used as an impact sub.
Debuchy would undoubtedly be a great asset for a Toon first eleven that, fully fit, looks set to give anyone in the Premier League a game next season but Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley may have to pull out his chequebook in order to finally complete the deal.
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