Newcastle are lining up a potential January move for Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe, according to reports.
Sidibe spent last season on loan in the Premier League with Everton, but has struggled for regular gametime since returning to Monaco.
The full-back has only started five games in Ligue 1 this season, also coming off the bench five times. He has one assist to his name so far.
With his gametime dropping, Monaco could send the World Cup winner away again. This time, they may be looking for a permanent sale – or could consider another loan.
Newcastle have now been alerted to his availability, according to Foot Mercato. In fact, they have made an initial enquiry about a potential transfer.
Monaco would prefer to sell the player. They are looking for a fee in between €5m and €7m.
Sidibe is “ready” to leave Monaco should a suitable offer arrive. He wants to move somewhere to be a regular starter again, which would in turn boost his chances of earning a recall to the French national team.
Described as “affordable” by Foot Mercato, Sidibe may fit into Newcastle’s price range. They are working with a limited budget this month and may have to focus primarily on loan deals.
Now, they could be making moves for another wide defender. However, they face competition for Sidibe from another Ligue 1 outfit.
Marseille also considering Sidibe
The report adds that Marseille want to take the 28-year-old and make him their first-choice right-back. But he is just one of a number of candidates to fill that role.
If such a deal does not go through, Newcastle will be on alert. Sidibe may consider a return to the Premier League, having wanted to extend his stay with Everton last summer.
The Toffees wanted to take him on loan for another season, but Monaco only wanted to sell him. They may have to re-evaluate that stance in January, though – and Newcastle could take advantage either way.