Magpies want to add to their Gallic contingent with Lyon star.Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is once again scanning the transfer market in France for new players and has targeted Lyon’s Guida Fofana as the ideal man to add some steel to the club’s midfield, according to Sports Direct News.
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Pardew is thought to be interested in the player’s versatility, as he mostly operates as a defensive midfielder but can also slot into the centre of defence if needed as well.
The 22-year-old broke through at renowned youth club Le Havre before moving onto Lyon where he is now an established first team regular and was even the captain of the French under-21 side.
The Magpies have frequently dipped into the French market over the past 18 months and are set to go again with an opening bid of around £5m for the player when the transfer market re-opens in the new year.
Newcastle had of course tried to bring another Lyon player on board over the summer in the shape of striker Bafetimbi Gomis, but the player spurned the move after refusing to take a pay cut to move to St James’ Park.