Could Aurelien Chedjou replace Fabricio Coloccini at Newcastle United?

The Lille defender is the latest Ligue 1 star to be linked with a move to Newcastle United, might Alan Pardew see him as the perfect replacement for Fabricio Coloccini?

Although Fabricio Coloccini has recently returned to Newcastle United after his back injury, there is little certainty about his long term future in the North East, with his desire to return to Argentina likely to see him leave in the summer.

Newcastle have recognised the importance of replacing their influential captain, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa already on the books and doing a fine job in Coloccini's recent absence. With Yanga-Mbiwa and Steven Taylor, Alan Pardew already has a strong first choice centre back pairing, but adding some depth to the position would be wise this summer, and Lille's Aurelien Chedjou could be a fine signing for the team.

Chedjou is not as young as many of Newcastle's other recent signings, and he would not be quite as cheap either, with the 27 year old currently valued at around £12million by his side. Valencia are also reportedly interested in signing the Cameroonian, meaning that Newcastle are unlikely to reduce that fee significantly.

However Chedjou is an excellent centre back who can also bring the ball out of defence. His six years at Lille have seen him gain great experience in a title winning and Champions League side, and Chedjou has stated himself he is ready to move on to prove himself at another team this summer.

Chedjou has also said that he would like to play in England, and Newcastle currently have plenty to offer players from Ligue 1, and would be able to reunite Chedjou with his former teammate Mathieu Debuchy.

At £12million, Newcastle might view Chedjou as too much of a departure from their current transfer system, which has mostly involved bringing in players for around the £5million mark. Chedjou might also only be interested in going to a team who can offer European football next season, which Newcastle will only be able to do if they win the Europa League.

However if Chedjou does end up at St James' Park, he would be another fine acquisition in a squad that already looks like it has the potential to challenge for a top six spot next season, and adding the Cameroonian to Yanga-Mbiwa should mean Newcastle are well set whatever Coloccini decides to do this summer.

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