Newcastle and Sunderland could be offered the French full-back, along with Crystal Palace, West Brom and Swansea.

Newcastle and Sunderland could both be offered Bordeaux full back Maxime Poundje, according to a report in the Sunday People (Page 48), along with Crystal Palace, Swansea City and West Brom.

The 24-year-old left back’s contract expires next summer, so here are five things you should know about the man who could be heading to England soon.

Made his Bordeaux debut aged 19

Poundje’s first appearance for Bordeaux came in 2012, five days before his 20th birthday.

The French club beat Evian 3-2 away from home, with a 19-year-old Poundje coming on as a substitute in the 78th minute.

Picked up three red cards in the 2013/14 campaign

One issue that any potential suitor for Poundje may have to deal with is his discipline.

During the 2013/14 season, the France Under-19 international picked up three straight red cards over the course of the season. They are the sending offs he has received in his career, but three in just one season is a cause for concern.

One career goal to his name

During his five year career, Poundje has a grand total of one goal to his name from left back.

That goal came back in February 2015, getting Bordeaux’s goal in their 1-1 draw at home to Guingamp.

Rated 73 on FIFA 17

If FIFA ratings are a strong enough marker for how good a player is, then Poundje would be an improvement for Newcastle on Paul Dummett, who has a rating of just 71 on the latest edition of FIFA. 

However, the Frenchman is not as good as Sunderland’s Patrick van Aanholt, who has a rating of 75.

Played in Bordeaux’s win over Newcastle in 2012

With Rafael Benitez’s side linked with the defender, some Magpies fans may actually be familiar with Poundje from their Europa League exploits under Alan Pardew in 2012.

Poundje played in Bordeaux’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the group stage of the competition, thanks to two goals from Cheick Diabate. The French club were the only team to beat Pardew’s side in the group stage, and the only other team to beat them in the whole tournament were runners-up Benfica in the quarter-finals.

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