Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam on loan.

According to Le Buteur, the Magpies are on the tail of the 37-cap Algeria international, who supposedly has a strong chance of leaving Naples this window.

Newcastle have had contact with the player’s agent, but there’s no mention of any official approach as of yet.

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Ghoulam has been with Napoli since the summer of 2014 after joining from French outfit Saint-Etienne.

To date he’s clocked up almost 200 appearances for the club, but in recent times he has struggled to nail down a starting spot.


He has Mario Rui for competition, and Elseid Hysaj can also play at left-back.

Le Buteur also mention that Chelsea are also in the mix to land the 29-year-old, although that would probably mean Marcos Alonso and/or Emerson Palmieri leaving Stamford Bridge first.

Ghoulam would improve Newcastle

He perhaps isn’t at the same level as a couple of years ago, but Ghoulam is still a decent full-back, with experience of playing in two of Europe’s top five leagues.

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The 2017 Algerian Footballer of the Year appears to need a fresh start, and Newcastle could do with providing competition for Jamal Lewis, rather than using Matt Ritchie as a wing-back.

Ghoulam could really suit playing as a wing-back as he is know for bombing forward and putting in crosses.

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