West Ham, Newcastle open talks over deal for France full-back

Date published: Tuesday 23rd July 2019 2:44 - Steve Pearson


Newcastle and West Ham are battling it out for the signature of French international right-back Djibril Sidibe, while Crystal Palace have also been linked as their search for an Aaron Wan-Bissaka replacement continues.

The 26-year-old has been a regular at Monaco since his move from Lille in 2016, but reports have begun to surface that the 16-cap France star may be on the move.

Sidibe was a key component of Monaco’s march to becoming Ligue 1 champions and achieving a Champions League semi-final appearance in 2016/17, but numerous high-profile departures in the following summer window dismantled the team.

Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoué Bakayoko and Fabinho a year later all concluded their spells at the Stade Louis II, with the club struggling to cope with the departures in subsequent years.

News emerged on Tuesday via RMC Sport‘s chief football editor Mohamed Bouhafsi (as translated by 101 Great Goals) that the Hammers and the Magpies have both begun talks with Monaco regarding the right-back.

West Ham’s need would appear to be the greater of the two, with ageing Argentinian Pablo Zabaleta currently in possession of the starting right-back slot but confirming this will be his final season in English football, with Ryan Fredericks only contributing 15 league starts in his debut campaign.

The third club to be linked are Crystal Palace, with Roy Hodgson still searching for a replacement to fill the void left by Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s transfer to Manchester United.

France Football linked the Eagles with Sidibe on Monday, with Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne and Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson two other possible recruits.


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