Report: Newcastle and Sunderland battling it out for Ligue 1 star

Newcastle United and Sunderland are reportedly in a battle for Nantes centre-back Papy Djilobodji.

Newcastle United and Sunderland are involved in a battle to sign Papy Djilobodji, according to the Glasgow Evening Times.

The Nantes centre-back has impressed in Ligue 1 this campaign and is reportedly available for around £4 million. 

Newcastle and Sunderland are both apparently happy to meet that price and could make a bid when the transfer window re-opens.

Would Djilobodji be a good buy for Newcastle?

There is no question that Newcastle need to start strengthening their back-line if they are to have any success in the future.

The Magpies have operated with a severe lack of numbers in their defence this season and they have been made to pay recently, with injuries mounting up.

At the moment Daryl Janmaat is having to cover at centre-back, with just one fit central defender available to John Carver, and Newcastle must look to recruit in the summer.

With the North East outfit having strong links in France, Djilobodji looks like an obvious target and he would fill a huge void in their current squad. 

What would the impact of Djilobodji signing be for Sunderland?

Much like their near neighbours, Sunderland will realise that they need to add defenders in the summer transfer window.

Right now, the Black Cats' defence is largely made up of ageing veterans and they need to freshen up their options.

Djilobodji is still only 26 years old, so has plenty of time left in his career, and he could be a good long-term purchase for the Wearsiders. 

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