During Belgium’s latest World Cup win today, the BBC’s commentary team claimed that Tunisia defender Hamdi Nagguez was a player Newcastle tried to sign in January – the 6ft 5′ right-back who currently plays for Egyptian side Zamalek.
This came after their first choice right-back Dylan Bronn was forced off through injury against the Belgians, with BBC commentators claiming that his replacement, Hamdi Nagguez, was a previous target for NUFC as he entered the field.
Tunisia just brought on a right-back called Hamdi Nagguez and the commentator said he was a target for #nufc in January. Plays for Zamalek.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) June 23, 2018
Nagguez, 25, bagged six assists in 23 games last season, however he is yet to play in Europe – having only ever played in the Tunisian and Egyptian first divisions.
To say this is a strange one is an understatement.
It’s been reported recently that Benitez is looking to bring in some much needed competition for DeAndre Yedlin, but I find it hard to believe that we turned to the Egyptian league to find that man.