The outlet reported that the Magpies, along with West Ham and Wolves, are eyeing a possible move for the former Everton loanee, who returned to Monaco this summer but could be allowed to depart on loan again.
However, as per 90min.com, the Ligue 1 outfit are only willing to loan him out if a permanent deal can also be included as part of the move.
Sidibe, who was a member of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup, made 25 Premier League appearances during his loan spell at Everton and proved a useful attacking outlet as he set up four goals from right-back. He also stood out as a steely presence in his time at Goodison Park, where he won 3.3 tackles per game.
By way of comparison, Javier Manquillo – who has started both of Newcastle’s league games this season at right-back – supplied just one assist last term from 21 top-flight appearances and won 1.9 tackles per game.
As things stand, Magpies manager Steve Bruce has three right-backs in his squad, with DeAndre Yedlin and Emil Krafth as alternatives to Manquillo. However, the American could soon be on his way out of the club, with Sky Sports reporting that he is close to sealing a free transfer to Besiktas.
Meanwhile, the 21-cap Sweden international has struggled for regular game-time since moving to Tyneside last year, starting just 11 league games last season and failing to make it off the bench in the recent clashes with West Ham and Brighton.
Sidibe’s World Cup-winning status, along with his creativity and tackling record, suggests that he could be an excellent acquisition if Newcastle can get him, especially as he is already familiar with the Premier League.
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If he does arrive at St James’ Park, that could spell bad news for Krafth, who is already behind Manquillo in the pecking order and could well find his opportunities further limited should the Monaco man arrive on Tyneside.
Yedlin already seems to be on his way out of the club and, should Sidibe arrive, the Swedish defender could also have a decision to make on his future.
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