Newcastle have opened talks with Leicester over the signing of Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, according to RMC Sport, via Get French Football News.
The highly-rated centre-back is currently out injured after breaking his leg during a pre-season friendly. He is, however, thought to still be on the radar of Newcastle.
Following the club’s takeover last week, the speculation surrounding new players has been non-stop. Several high-profile players have been linked with some other links noting short of ridiculous.
Fofana signed for Leicester in the summer of 2020. He was the man tasked with replacing Harry Maguire on a long-term basis and he’s done so with absolute aplomb.
Last season he made 38 appearances for the Foxes, helping them qualify for the Europa League and win the FA Cup.
Prior to joining Leicester, he was a product of the Saint-Etienne academy. There, he rose the ranks and made 30 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Newcastle will almost certainly target a new central defender in the near future. Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez are both capable, but an upgrade is possible.
It’s hard to imagine Leicester wanting to sell one of their better players. Certainly, right now their priority is to get him fit and back on the pitch.
Brendan Rodgers parted with £36.5 million of his kitty to lure Fofana to the Premier League. Interestingly, he has also been linked with the Newcastle job should Steve Bruce depart.
Future star: Fofana could thrive at Newcastle
This is the sort of realistic signing that perhaps Newcastle should be looking at. Even then, it won’t be an easy deal to complete.
Fofana is currently injured so the possibility of signing him in January isn’t likely. Then, they’d have to convince the defender that the Newcastle project is worth buying into.
Former Premier League striker Troy Deeney previously compared the defender to Virgil van Dijk. He claimed that he had similar qualities and could see big clubs trying to sign him in the future.
The Leicester man earns £51,000-a-week at Leicester. That will be a drop in the ocean for PIF and as a result, this is a signing that could make lots of sense.