Report: Newcastle target Aymen Abdennour, face competition from six clubs

Newcastle are reportedly pursuing Monaco centre back Aymen Abdennour.

According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United scout Graham Carr has identified Monaco star Aymen Abdennour as a possible target.

Newcastle have done plenty of their transfer business in France over the last few years, bringing the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Yoann Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux to Tyneside under Carr's watchful eye.

Now, Carr appears to have scouted Monaco defender Abdennour with positive results according to The Mirror - and newly-appointed Magpies boss Steve McClaren could make a move for the Tunisian international.

Abdennour, 25, joined Monaco from Toulouse in January 2014, initially on loan before completing a permanent move six months later.

Now, the strong centre back is in demand, with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Juventus all monitoring Abdennour according to The Mirror.

The fierce competition from some of the world's biggest clubs, Newcastle may have to act immediately if they really want to sign Abdennour this summer, with Schalke's Joel Matip also a reported target as McClaren looks to overhaul his defence.

Priority number one?

Having witnessed experienced duo Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson struggle last season, McClaren's first priority should be to sign up at least one younger centre back to lead the Newcastle defence next term.

Both Abdennour and Matip fit the bill, but could cost over £10m each according to The Mirror, with Monaco potentially seeking a fee of up to £20m for Abdennour.

Those are huge figures for Newcastle, especially considering that they need reinforcements in other areas too - but McClaren's focus should be in defence to begin with.

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