Report: Newcastle hope to offload Williamson in order to sign Monaco's highly-rated Aymen Abdennour

Monaco's Aymen Abdennour apparently remains a target for Newcastle United.

According to the Chronicle, Steve McClaren is still very interested in the services of Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour. 

The Magpies are likely to bring in another centre-back if they can offload Mike Williamson before the summer transfer window comes to a close and the Tunisian - who is believed to be valued by his current club at £14 million - remains as the club's priority target. 

There is plenty of interest in the 26-year-old, however, with Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan, West Ham and Napoli all keen on his signature which could scupper McClaren's chances.

Meanwhile, a move to Champions League runners-up Juventus has been denied.

According to the Chronicle's report, Abdennour's agent Abdelkader Jilani has been quoted as saying his client will leave Monaco, although Italy is his preferred destination.

He said, “Abdennour will leave. Aymen wants to live a new adventure and there are opportunities for him in Italy, Spain and England."

“Serie A is his priority. This Italian championship pleases him greatly."

“He has already had a few contacts with AC Milan, for example, as with AS Roma and Inter Milan, who showed real interest.”

Abdennour is yet to appear for the Monaco this season, although he featured on 18 occasions in the league last term.

The 26-year-old averaged nine defensive actions per match - including a total 112 clearances and 40 interceptions - while winning 71% of his tackles and 68% of his attempted aerial duels.

For a Newcastle side lacking defensive options, Abdennour would be an excellent addition.

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