Report: Newcastle want 36-cap France international on free transfer

Newcastle United are hoping to sign Jeremy Toulalan at the end of the season.

Newcastle United are hoping to sign midfielder Jeremy Toulalan at the end of the season, according to a report on TalkSPORT.

Toulalan's contract at Monaco expires in the summer and the Magpies are reportedly among the interested parties, as they look to add quality to their squad.

Newcastle have strong links in France and they have apparently identified Toulalan as a player who could offer a lot to their team.

Serie A outfit Inter Milan are also interested, as reported by Gazzetta dello Sport, but Newcastle believe that they might be able to convince the Frenchman to move to St. James' Park.

Impact for Newcastle?

Bringing in a player of Toulalan's quality would be a good move from the club and he certainly seems to fit in with their current policy.

Newcastle have regularly purchased players from Ligue 1 in recent transfer windows and he should have no problems fitting in on Tyneside, with a number of French players already in the squad.

If he were to arrive, it would likely signify that the club have little faith in Siem De Jong, after the Dutchman has struggled to stay off the treatment table in his first season at the club.

Toulalan's and De Jong's styles are relatively similar, with both liking to dictate play from deep, and they would surely be in direct competition for a place in the starting line-up, unless Newcastle were keen on changing their current system to accommodate them both.

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