Les Bleus and the Super Eagles boast a wealth of stars, many of whom could soon be heading to the Premier League having been linked with Newcastle.
France’s second round encounter with Nigera promises to be a memorable one as Les Bleus look to set up a potential quarter final with Germany while the Super Eagles are aiming to put in the same kind of battling performance that saw them come close to claiming something against Argentina.
The game promises to be a particularly interesting one for Newcastle United fans with as many as four potential transfer targets taking to the field. Here we give the lowdown on this fantastic foursome.
Remy Cabella – Montpellier
The most notable of the four players, Newcastle have been embroiled in a transfer saga involving Cabella for some time now with no end in sight as current club Montpellier continue to hold out for a more significant transfer fee.
A late call-up for Les Bleus after Clement Grenier withdrew through injury, the Toon are thought to have tabled a bid of €8 million for the midfielder, an offer that Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has seemingly laughed off, with the Ligue 1 side wanting double.
More negotiations could follow after the World Cup.
Godfrey Oboabona – Çaykur Rizespor
At just 23-years-old, Oboabona is already an established part of the Super Eagles defence and a player with a bright future in Europe, provided he makes the right choices.
Previously turning out for Sunshine Stars, Oboabona was linked with a move to Newcastle last summer before opting for a transfer to Turkey with unfashionable Çaykur Rizespor.
Two goals in 19 games represents a solid return but his current club would undoubtedly be willing to listen to offers should the Magpies come calling later this summer.
Mathieu Valbuena – Olympique Marseille
Set to leave L’OM after eight years with the 1993 European Cup winners, Valbuena has impressed for France so far in Brazil and could be back in Newcastle United’s thoughts having been linked with a move to the north east club last summer.
At 29, he is unlikely to be a target for the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United but with the Toon boasting a significant French contingent, it could be a move that tempts the midfielder, having seen the success enjoyed by Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy at the club.
Uche Nwofor - Heerenveen
A 10-minute cameo appearance against Argentina aside, Nwofor has watched much of the World Cup from the sidelines, with the 22-year-old there for cover and experience behind the likes of Emanuel Emenike, Shola Amoebi and Peter Odemwingie.
But as a goal in the Super Eagles’ 2-2 friendly draw with Scotland showed, the man dubbed the ‘new Benteke’ is capable of making an impact from the bench and certainly one for the future with Newcastle rumoured to be previously weighing up a move and currently on the search for a striker.