Report: Premier League-linked defender only has eyes for Barcelona switch

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Monaco’s Aymen Abdennour has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, West Ham United and Barcelona.

As per a report in Diario Sport, AS Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour is holding out on a move to Barcelona amid interest from a number of top teams.

The Tunisian international defender has become one of the most sought-after players this summer with a host of clubs across Europe said to be monitoring the situation.

Premier League sides Newcastle United and West Ham United are among those accredited with an interest, as per the Daily Mail, with the duo not afraid to spend big to bolster their squads.

However, follow reports from L’Equipe of a trip to the Nou Camp, the Spanish press now claim that Abdennour has his heart set on a Barca move and is willing to hold out for their call.

“The only call he’s willing to wait on is from Barcelona, a team with an interesting trajectory in European football and one where the Tunisian defender wishes to ply his trade,” Diario Sport states.

Premier League interest

Aside from West Ham, Diario Sport say that Newcastle are one of the most insistent suitors and have tabled an eight-figure bid, although the defender is said to be unsure of their project.

Steve McClaren seemingly has plenty to do at St James’ Park before attracting such renowned stars such as Abdennour, and the club’s best option is to aim for younger, upcoming European stars.

Opportunities at Barcelona

While evidently an excellent centre-back, question marks remain as to whether the club actually need to bolster the central defence with so many options currently available to them.

The Catalan giants current count on Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Thomas Vermaelen, Marc Bartra and Jeremy Mathieu - a fine selection which helped the club to a superb La Liga defensive record last season.

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