Newcastle United have made a bid for a talented defender from Ligue 1, which could be proof Fabricio Coloccini is definitely about to leave the club.
Newcastle have had to endure numerous rumours in the last few weeks that club captain Fabricio Coloccini wants to return to his native Argentina.
Well, it could be true because a bid for Massadio Haidara from Ligue 1 side Nancy has been confirmed via a source close to the club.
Nancy are the whipping boys of France’s top division and it seems they are looking to get some business done this January, to counteract the fact they may be relegated and lose players on the cheap this summer.
It does seem a little baffling as to why Newcastle would target a defender from the worst team in France but there is logic behind it.
Haidara is a defender who primarily plays at left back but he can also play on the left side of central defence, which is where Coloccini makes most of his appearances for the club.
His main attributes seem to be his pace and his strength, both important for any defender coming into the Premier League for the first time.
He has experience of playing for the French national team at three different levels but is yet to make his senior debut. There is no doubt that a move to Newcastle will substantially improve his chances in this area.
His leadership skills and his positioning will need a lot of work but this is something the club can develop over a long period of time in the same way they did with Coloccini.
He also seems like an Alan Pardew player in the respect that he would arrive from Ligue 1 with a point to prove.
Pardew’s knowledge of the French market, provided by his scouts, is superb and Haidara would be available at a fraction of the price that many other top class defenders would cost the club.
The source suggests that Newcastle have made an initial offer of £2.5 million which may force Nancy’s hand unless they can invite interest from other sides and trigger a bidding war.
Even if this does happen, Newcastle are in a good position to pay a little more than their first offer although Pardew seems reluctant to spend over the top amounts of money for any player.
What do you think of this news? Do you think Coloccini is on his way out?