Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Abdou Diallo.

The January transfer window is not far away now, and speculation is rife about who will be the first crop of players to arrive at St. James’ Park following the takeover.

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Abdou Diallo (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

The new owners will be backing new manager Eddie Howe.

It is exciting to see who could be coming in, although top stars will more than likely be impossible to sign so soon after the takeover.

Here are four things to know about one of the latest Magpies transfer targets Diallo.

Who is Abdou Diallo?

French-born Senegal international

Diallo was born in Tours, which is one of the largest cities in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France.

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Abdou Diallo, France U21s (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)

The star – of Senegalese descent – represented France at all youth levels before declaring his allegiance to Senegal.

He made his debut for Les Lions de la Téranga in March 2021 in an AFCON qualifier against Congo.

So far he has accrued five caps for Alious Cisse’s side.

A versatile player

Diallo is a central defender by trade.

But the star has operated solely at left-back this season for Paris Saint-Germain.

He also played there numerous times last season and in 2019/20.

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Ibrahima Diallo (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

That was also the case at his previous club Borussia Dortmund, and he had the odd game at left-back for Mainz, too.

 

And during his time at AS Monaco, his first club, he did actually dabble with playing holding midfield.

His brother already plays in the Premier League

Should Diallo make a move to Newcastle, then he’d be moving to the same division his younger brother plays in.

Ibrahima Diallo transferred to Southampton in the summer of 2020.

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Ibrahima Diallo (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

He cost the Saints around £11 million according to BBC Sport.

Ibrahima has so far made 38 appearances for the club, and has been used mainly as a substitute during his time at the club so far.

He’s talked up playing abroad

In a recent interview with PSG’s official YouTube channel, Diallo talked up playing abroad.

Speaking about his time at Dortmund, he said: “I think for a player, playing abroad is really rewarding. It is something you should experience in your career.

“It is a change of environment and climate, a new language a new culture, different faces and other ways of thinking.

He’s a winner

Diallo has already won a few trophies in his career.

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PSG (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

Most of them have come with PSG. He has won a league title, two Coupe de France, one Coupe de la Ligue and two Trophees des Champions.

He was also part of the AS Monaco side that won the league title in 2016/17.

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