Aurelien Chedjou claims he had an offer from Southampton in January.
The former Lille man is a deadline day target for the Premier League sides.
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But it was nothing malicious ... just an old Lille team-mate in Aurelien Chedjou wishing him a safe journey back to London.
Liverpool look to have missed out on Aurelien Chedjou who looks set to join Galatasaray. But could they make a cheeky bid for his future team-mate Semih Kaya?
Although Newcastle United are still hoping to convince Coloccini to stay at St James’ Park, he looks likely to return to Argentina this summer, who could Alan Pardew bring in to bolster his central defence?
Seen as a potential replacement for Jamie Carragher the Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou in fact seems like he is on his way to Turkey
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