Newcastle United are hoping to sign former Rafael Benitez favourite Faouzi Ghoulam from Serie A giants Napoli in the January transfer window, according to Le Buteur.
It seems that, every four months or so, the Magpies are in the market for a new left-back.
And, despite spending £15 million on Jamal Lewis in September, it seems that a familiar transfer window narrative is unfolding at St James’ Park.
Lewis has stalled after a strong start and, after he was left out of Steve Bruce’s starting XI for the December clashes with Liverpool and Manchester City, Newcastle are in the market for another left-sided defender.
Brandon Williams, Marcos Rojo and one-time Tyneside favourite Jetro Willems have all been linked.
Now, reports are suggesting that Algeria international Ghoulam is another potential option.
Le Buteur claims that Newcastle have approached the 29-year-old’s agent, Jorge Mendes, regarding a short-term loan deal, like the one that saw Danny Rose arrive from Tottenham 12 months ago.
Ghoulam has started just one Serie A match this season and, you’d imagine, would welcome a fresh start away from Napoli.
“I know what it means to play in the big competitions, playing important games and working with a coach with as good a reputation as (former Newcastle boss) Benitez, who pushes me to improve myself always,” Ghoulam said in 2015.
‘I owe my maturity to him.”