Toon want to bring ANOTHER Frenchman to St James’ Park.
Newcastle United are set to dip into the French transfer market yet again this summer by making a swoop for Toulouse left-back Cheikh M’Bengue, according to The Daily Mail.
The 24-year-old has apparently been on the Toon’s radar for the past two years now and a move could finally be in the pipeline amid fears over Davide Santon’s future at the club with the young Italian reportedly keen on returning to his native Italy this summer.
A former Arsenal target, M’Bengue is a marauding, powerful full-back who switched allegiances from France, whom he represented at under-21 level, to Senegal in 2011 and he has since gone on to win 10 caps for the Africans.
Not a stranger to controversy, however, he has been banned twice by the French Football Federation (FFF); in 2008 he was handed a 13 game suspension following a dangerous tackle on a Monaco player. Then again in March 2009, in a similar incident against Monaco, he levelled Argentine midfielder Alejandro Alonso, who was ruled out for the remainder of the season. M’Bengue was yellow carded but upon review of the incident the FFF sew fit to suspend him for the rest of the season too.
M’Bengue has featured 29 times for Toulouse this season and is expected to be just one of a number of their stars to head for the exit this summer.