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Which Newcastle United Englishman is wanted in France?

Newcastle United are known for buying Frenchmen, but surely they wouldn't send one of their homegrown players the other way, would they?

Newcastle's targeting of French-based transfer targets stepped up a notch in January, with a major spending spree aimed at catapulting them back up the league table.

While the main aim of avoiding relegation was succeeded, the club are looking to push on and try and get close to 2011/12's fifth placed finish - which means plenty of buying and selling this summer.

One defender they want to bring in is Marseille centre-back Nicolas N'Koulou, so set on him to replace Fabricio Coloccini they are even prepared to sacrifice another to land him.

At least if the Daily Mail is to be believed, and let's face it - it's often hit and miss - but the player linked to the French side is certainly an interesting one - Newcastle's own Steven Taylor.

It isn't just a case of throwing him in randomly, the paper claim that Marseille are keen admirers of Taylor - who this season was called up into the England senior squad by Roy Hodgson.

Taylor missed the second half of Newcastle's successful 2011/12 season through injury and has battled back this campaign, and despite a fair proportion of indifferent performances, has continued to give his all in typical fashion.

Whether Newcastle would really want to sell Taylor is another matter, despite what the report claims.

With all the French and other foreign imports, Newcastle will want to ensure their squad contains a nucleus of Englishman, and Geordie Steven Taylor is likely to stay a part of that.

How and why Marseille's interest in Taylor came about is another matter, we wonder if his former teammate Joey Barton - on loan at the French side this season from QPR - has given them a nudge.

This could be one to watch or it may more likely not come to anything, but trading players in part-exchange may well be a way for Newcastle to bring down N'Koulou's price tag - with reports claiming he could cost as much £18 million.

We'd suggest throwing Gabriel Obertan into the mix, but the sad fact is the former Manchester United winger won't subtract much from the price.

Newcastle fans are you buying into the reports at all? Should Taylor stay? Do you want N'Koulou? 

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