Ligue 1

Newcastle leading race to land quality Ligue 1 defender

UmtitiThe Newcastle United fans are taking part in a pool tournament this evening in The Transfer Tavern and discussing reports linking the club with a move for a new defender in the summer.

The Sun is reporting that the Premier League strugglers are interested in bringing £10 million rated Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti to the club in the summer.

Umtiti is set to quit the Ligue 1 club during the summer and would favour a move to England. With the amount of French speaking players plying their trade at St James Park he would have no trouble settling in to life at the club.

The 22 year old is one of a number of options that Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is looking at as he looks to shore up his leaky defence come next season.

The Newcastle fans in The Tavern are delighted with the news that McClaren is looking at defensive reinforcements for next season and think this is exactly the type of defender the club should be looking at.

Newcastle fans, how significant a deal would this be? Let us know in the comments below!

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