Newcastle’s Debuchy swoop could be revived

TOON TARGET ... Newcastle tried to sign Lille's Mathieu Debuchy in the summer.
TOON TARGET ... Newcastle tried to sign Lille's Mathieu Debuchy in the summer.

MATHIEU Debuchy hasn’t given up hope of securing a move to Newcastle United.

The club tried and failed to sign the right-back in the summer transfer window.

United bid around £5m for Debuchy, but Lille chairman Michel Seudoux put a price tag of £7m on the France international.

And an agreement couldn’t be reached amid reported interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

However, the 27-year-old, a close friend of Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye, will again be the subject of interest in January.

And Debuchy, despite his frustration that a deal couldn’t be reached in the last transfer window, is understood to still be keen to seal a move to St James’s Park.

Debuchy was sold on the club after glowing reports from Cabaye, who joined United last year after winning the French double with Lille.

The club has other potential targets in mind, and it remains to be seen whether another bid is lodged.

A rash of injuries to defenders in the opening weeks of the season has underlined the need for reinforcements.

Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson and James Perch are in the treatment room, and Ryan Taylor is out for several months.

Simpson’s own future appears interlinked with the club’s attempts to sign a right-back.

The 25-year-old – who suffered a hamstring injury earlier this month – is now in the last year of his deal at Newcastle.

And it is unclear whether the contract talks which were shelved earlier this year will be restarted, with the two parties having been some way apart in negotiations.

Simpson is expected to be sidelined for several more weeks, and Vurnon Anita will fill in at right-back against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday.

Ironically, Debuchy himself is also injured, having suffered an ankle problem playing for France last month.

However, he at least can look forward to Champions League football when he returns to fitness, with Lille having progressed into the group stage of the competition.

Meanwhile, United are understood to have watched Groningen defender Virgil van Dijk, 21, this season.

The club is likely to again be in the market for a centre-half after failing to sign Douglas from FC Twente in the summer, and then-Watford player Adrian Mariappa before that in January.

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