Newcastle fans have been discussing their club’s interest in towering French defender Christopher Jullien, but it seems fans would rather make a shock swoop for Sunderland man Papy Djilobodji.
Sunderland are set to offload a whole host of first team players this summer, and Newcastle fans are eyeing up a deal to buff up their defensive ranks.
Of course, the most impressive part of the Magpies’ late surge up the table last season was the beastly partnership of Florian Lejeune and Jamaal Lascelles, but Rafael Benitez hasn’t exactly got tons of depth outside of those two.
The Magpies have been linked with a move for Jullien, who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Toulouse.
The giant centre back was mightily impressive last season, but his stats don’t come anywhere close to Djilobodji, who spent the season away from Wearside on loan with Dijon.
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The 29 year-old Sunderland flop averaged 6.7 clearances per game, the third most of any player in Ligue 1. For reference, Jullien averaged 5.9, while Lascelles boasts an incredible seven clearances per game.
The 13-cap Senegal man is also in the top ten in Ligue 1 for both interceptions (2.4 per game) and blocks (0.8 per game). Once again, both of these numbers are superior to Jullien.
Fans like what they see of the 13-cap Senegal man, and the fact that he is desperate to leave the Stadium of Light could make him available at a bargain price, perfect for a signing that would be to add depth rather than improve the starting eleven.
Almost two thirds of fans voted to sign Djilobodji over Jullien, and you can find the full poll results down below…