According to Ligue 1 journalist Manu Lonjon, Newcastle are interested in signing Toulouse centre-back Christopher Jullien – however we look set to face competition from Southampton for the giant Frenchman.
The 6ft 5′ defender had been linked with a move to Ajax, however it’s been reported in France that the he is now ‘desperate’ to secure a move to the Premier League this summer – something that looks very likely given his alleged asking price of just £8m.
The former French youth international is highly-rated in France and has previously been linked with the likes of Burnley and Palace, however French football reporter Manu Lonjon claims that both Newcastle and Southampton are now battling it out for his signature:
Newcastle is joining the race for Christopher Jullien ( Toulouse) . Southampton is also intersted pic.twitter.com/EJtktVuRxh
— мануЛонжон – Manu (@ManuLonjon) June 20, 2018
Time will tell if we’re actually serious about this one, but with Mbemba all set to join Port you’d think Benitez is on the look out for a new centre-back.
Here’s one of several headers the big centre-half has scored in France over the past few years: