Newcastle considering further French talent

With Cheick Tioté looking likely to retain a host of European attention at the end of the current season, Newcastle are looking at several alternative options with PSG anchorman, Blaise Matuidi, rumoured to be topping the shortlist.

Tioté is contracted to Newcastle until 2017 but after impressing as a part of the standout Magpies campaign, has been continually linked with a series of Premier League sides including Manchester United and Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international is reportedly available for a fee of around £14m and should the North East outfit decide to cash in on their star, reinforcements will certainly be needed.

Matuidi made the move to PSG from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2011 but hasn’t fit in quite as well as many protracted him to and the Parisian club are said to be considering offers for their defensive midfielder.

The 25 year-old cost the Qatari owned PSG €7.5m a year ago and the big spenders would be looking to recover that amount if they were to sell.

Matuidi has made 32 appearances this season, making just a sole assist along the way.

The middle man is also a part of Laurent Blanc’s French international side and has featured for Les Bleus on four occasions.

While Tioté’s departure from the Sports Direct Arena is far from sealed, there is big interest in tempting the star away from Tyneside and given his relatively low asking price, offers look likely to be made this summer.

Carlo Ancelotti is apparently lining up a list of big money targets at the end of this campaign and Matuidi doesn’t appear to figure into the Italian’s future plans.

The Magpies showed last summer what a positive effect acquisitions from Ligue 1 can make in the Premier League with Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux all playing star roles this season.

Should Matuidi make the move to St. James’, he would join an already significant French contingent at the club, making for a promising move.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.