Newcastle eye Kone deal as Cisse backs down in Wonga row

Newcastle United look set to bolster their defensive options with a move for Lyon defender Bakary Kone.

The 23 times capped Burkino Faso International began his career with Etoile Filante in his homeland before being snapped up by Guingamp in 2006.

His form for the Ligue 1 side saw caught the attention of Lyon with the defender signing a five year deal with the club in €3.8 million deal in 2011.

Toon boss Alan Pardew wants to add to his defensive options and want the 25 year old, who made 29 appearances for club and country last season starting to challenge Fabio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for a first team spot.

Premiership new boys Cardiff City are also keen on the centre-back but Newcastle are hoping to tie up a double deal with the club already in talks for team-mate Bafetimbi Gomis.

Pardew is hoping that he can bring the pair to St James’ Park for a combined fee of £10 million.

Newcastle have yet to make any significant signings this summer however Pardew has moved to ease the growing frustration amongst Toon supporters, telling them that he is pushing new director of football Joe Kinnear to complete a deal.

“I’m pushing Joe to get a transfer in. I think we need a boost now. We are in a situation where we want to progress now. The team is in a good place.”

Newcastle fans, already buoyed by the potential transfer activities, were also delighted after it emerged that the future of striker Papiss Cisse has finally been resolved…with the Senegal international now set to stay with the club.

The 28 year old looked set to leave the club this summer after refusing to wear the club’s shirt, which is sponsored by loan company Wonga.

Papiss claimed that the business activities of the company conflicted with his Muslim beliefs as earning interest is forbidden in Islamic law.

However midweek pictures showing the player at the Aspers Casino did little to enhance his case, with gambling also prohibited by his religion.

However the player and Newcastle have now reached an agreement that will see the former Freiburg striker stay at the club.

Russian clubs Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan had both been linked with a move for Cisse but the player will rejoin the squad for full-training after missing the club’s tour of Portugal.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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