According to Yahoo Sport France, Newcastle United are interested in signing Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien in this summer’s transfer window.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still believed to be unclear what type of transfer budget he has to spend this summer, but preparations for the new campaign are underway.
Benitez is believed to want at least one new centre-back this summer, and according to Yahoo Sport France, could battle Southampton for the services of Jullien.
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The 25-year-old started his professional career with Auxerre, but has been with Toulouse since 2016, and has made 73 appearances for the French club – scoring seven times.
The former France Under-20 international stands at an impressive 6ft 5in, meanwhile, and has the potential to be a serious force in the Premier League.
The Newcastle fans have caught wind of the transfer speculation on social media, and have been reacting to the news.
That said, it seems that a number of the club’s supporters are finding it hard to believe that their club will be able to get this deal over the line.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Just out of interest, do you know where it’s being reported that we’ve been watching him since 2015? Just looking for a bit more info on him. Looks a real unit.
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) June 20, 2018
#nufc idea of “joining the race” = do nothing and watch him sign for someone else. Not a single bid made yet this summer.
— Sam GC (@Funguslover) June 20, 2018
We love being ‘in the race’. Just as much as I love being in a race with Usain Bolt. Great fun. But never gonna win.
— Toon In Toon Out (@toonintoonout) June 20, 2018
Good luck to him on his move to the south coast then I guess!
— Matt Anderson (@mattyanders) June 20, 2018
Oh well there’s another one gone.
— Paul Usher (@Paul_Usher1) June 20, 2018
There’s no way any other premiership teams are being “linked” to this many players.. it’s practically 3 players a day for us.
— 57% battery (@40_40vision) June 20, 2018