Ligue 1

Bid Said To Be £6M Short As Toon Scramble For Replacement

Newcastle United have made a £4m bid for Lille’s French international full back Mathieu Debuchy, as they prepare for life without Danny Simpson.

The former Manchester United right back Simpson, 25, has refused a new contract at the Sports Direct Arena and will either see his contract out or be sold, with just 1 year remaining on his current deal. Fellow Premier League side Fulham have been credited with interest in him and Newcastle are seemingly lining up his replacement.

Their £4m bid for Debuchy has been rejected by Lille, who are believed to be looking for at least £10m as Inter Milan ramp up their interest as Maicon prepares to leave the San Siro. Real Madrid seems the likely destination for the Brazilian international, and Inter are believed to be willing to pay the £7m – still short of Lille’s valuation.

Debuchy has become renowned for his rampaging runs forward down the right flank and would be a marked improvement on Simpson for Newcastle. Newcastle’s recent pillaging of Ligue 1 has reaped rewards so far in the shape of Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa, and chief scout Graham Carr has signed a new 8 year contract and bringing in players from Ligue 1 is a big factor in that. Moving for Debuchy would strengthen an already solid Newcastle backline and help Newcastle push on for a Champions League place that they were tantalisingly close to this year.

Newcastle may need to move quickly though, as Debuchy’s displays in Poland and Ukraine will surely attract suitors from around the continent. Make no mistake though – Debuchy would be a superb upgrade over Simpson for Newcastle.

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