According to L’Equipe, Newcastle United have joined West Ham United in the hunt to sign Torino centre-back Nicolas N’Koulou in this summer’s transfer window.
The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at Torino before joining the Italian outfit on a permanent deal earlier this summer.
There is believed to be a lot of interest surrounding the central defender, which is not a surprise when considering his performances last season.
A 72-time Cameroon international, N’Koulou started his professional career with Monaco, and made 78 league appearances for the principality outfit before joining Marseille – where he featured on more than 200 occasions.
The defender has a fine pedigree in the game, and it would be some signing if Newcastle managed to pull it off.
However, the English club’s supporters are already doubting a move for the 6ft ace due to the finances that would be involved.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the frustrated Newcastle fans can be seen below:
You boys may aswell deactivate the account until new ownership comes in
— Aaron Wood (@aaron_wood91) July 20, 2018
he available on a loan by any chance?
— Gareth Bowers (@gareth8284) July 20, 2018
Mate just give up report on frees and loans 😁
— MAGPIES (@mrtboy64) July 20, 2018
Free transfer or loan?
— Saleh (@Saleh0vic) July 20, 2018
Competing with Seville ? Not a chance , unless under £3m don’t believe anything
— Nick Fielder (@FielderNicholas) July 20, 2018
I am shocked.
— Craig Futers (@misfitvandal) July 20, 2018
As soon as theres a fee involved rule us out. Shambles of a club
— Dave Field (@DavidFi96207518) July 20, 2018