Newcastle frighten familiar Ligue 1 suitor in battle for Lens midfield force Seko Fofana

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Seko Fofana marking Lionel Messi Credit: PA Images
Seko Fofana marking Lionel Messi Credit: PA Images

Newcastle United have made it a priority to target the signing of Lens midfielder Seko Fofana this summer, according to a report.

Fofana is also a target for Lyon, the club from whom Newcastle took Bruno Guimaraes in January. Now, they could disappoint the Ligue 1 outfit further by pairing him with someone they also admire in the shape of the Lens man.

According to Le10 Sport, Newcastle are a significant threat to Lyon when it comes to the battle for Fofana. Although Lyon want to act quick to complete a deal, they are wary of the competition.

In that regard, one of the alternative bidders for Fofana is Newcastle United. The Premier League side will be looking to strengthen further after climbing to an 11th-place finish by the end of this season.

The appointment of Eddie Howe was one key factor in their rise away from a relegation battle. Perhaps the most significant, though, was their ability to pay for prime targets in the January transfer window thanks to their new, Saudi owners.

Along with Guimaraes, Newcastle spent on Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Chris Wood, while adding Matt Targett on loan.

In the summer, Newcastle will be looking to make smart additions to their squad again. They could pretty much afford anyone they like, if they can convince them, but are likely to take a more realistic approach again.

However, the calibre of player they can attract is increasing. Fofana has earned plenty of admirers from his performances in Ligue 1 over the past couple of seasons.

The former Udinese midfielder has made 73 appearances in all competitions for Lens. From them, he has scored 12 goals and assisted six more.

Lens could listen to offers for Seko Fofana

Now in his peak years at the age of 27, Fofana has become a transfer commodity again. Newcastle would be willing to splash the cash to get their man, Le10 Sport believe.

Lens have Fofana under contract until 2024, but would consider a big offer for his services. Newcastle may be more able to meet any demands than Lyon.

Interestingly, Fofana does have a past in English football. The Ivory Coast international was a youth player at Manchester City before spending the 2014-15 season on loan in the Championship with Fulham.

Now, Newcastle may finally be able to give him a Premier League breakthrough.

Lyon must be getting tired of Newcastle

Indirectly, this represents another way in which Newcastle could disrupt Lyon in the transfer market.

Depriving them of Guimaraes was one thing. What’s more, they have been tipped to go back in for his former teammate and fellow Brazilian, Lucas Paqueta.

Whether that would be in addition to, or instead of Fofana is unclear at this stage. But either way, it would be a blow for Lyon to lose either a current star or desired target to Newcastle again.

Therefore, it would not be surprising to see them accelerate their own interest in Fofana. But after finishing one place below Lens in 2021-22, they may not be as appealing a destination despite their pedigree.

A few signings could get them back on the up, but there seems to be little doubt about Newcastle’s trajectory. Therefore, perhaps Fofana could prefer to make the move to the north east of England.

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