As Newcastle step up their search to bolster their leaky defence, French club Bordeaux are reportedly planning a shock move for Fabian Schar.
This comes from Alan Nixon’s latest ‘exclusive’ from The Sun, with him reporting that the Ligue 1 side are desperate for new centre-backs after banishing both Laurent Koscielny and Paul Baysse from first team duties.
Like Newcastle, Bordeaux are in the middle of a relegation fight and Newcastle are not in any hurry to sell the 30 year old Swiss international, until a top class replacement is found.
Any move would depend on Newcastle’s ability to secure the services of either one or two new centre halves, with the club showing particular interest in Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly and Lille’s Sven Botman, according to Nixon.
A complication, though, is that both Bournemouth and Lille are reluctant to sell their stalwart central defenders, meaning Newcastle may have to look elsewhere before sanctioning a move for Schar; whose current deal is due to expire at the end of the season.
According to the Telegraph, NUFC would have to break their transfer record to secure the services of Botman, with Lille’s asking price believed to be set at a whopping £46m!
Securing a suitable centre half is Eddie Howe’s number one priority, however, so hopefully the club can secure a signing as soon as possible to be ready for our crunch clash with Leeds United. It would only be then that Schar would be allowed to move on.