Arsenal have joined Newcastle in the race to sign Dijon’s talented midfielder Benjamin Corgnet. TalkSport reports that the midfielder has attracted interest from throughout Europe but it is thought that Alan Pardew’s Newcastle lead the race to his signature.
Corgnet, 24, has been watched by Newcastle United’s chief scout Graham Carr on a few occasions already this season and it looks as if they are weighing up a move for the midfielder in the summer.
Newcastle have been successful in recruiting players from Ligue 1 in recent times with the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux all being brought in from French clubs. These arrivals have prompted the Magpies to return to France and a bid could be imminent.
The Dijon man was playing in the French 5th flight no less than two years ago and played a key role in getting his side promoted to Ligue 1 last season. He has this season proved that he is capable of playing in the top division and this has attracted interest from the likes of Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Known for his tireless work rate, Corgnet is a midfielder that can be counted on both defensively and going forward, chipping in with eight goals already this season. Any move made by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would be reminiscent of the punt he took when he signed unproven Laurent Koscielny two years ago, though Corgnet is not the big name player that the Gunners faithful yearn for.
A move to the Magpies seems to be the safe bet for Corgnet especially after the successful recruitments from France in recent years, look for Newcastle to make a move at season’s end.
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