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Newcastle is preparing a possible January play for Monaco side Djibril Sidibe, according to reports.
Sidibe spent last season on loan in the Premier League with Everton, but has struggled to achieve regular playing time since returning to Monaco.
The winger has only started five games in Ligue 1 this season, and has also come off the bench five times. He has an aid on his behalf so far.
With their playing time falling, Monaco could send the World Cup winner again. This time, they may be looking for a permanent sale or might consider another loan.
Newcastle has now been alerted to their availability, according to Mercato foot. In fact, they have made an initial consultation about a possible transfer.
Monaco would prefer to sell the player. They are looking for a fee of between 5 and 7 million euros.
Sidibe is “ready” to leave Monaco if a suitable offer arrives. He wants to move somewhere to be a regular starter again, which in turn would increase his chances of earning a call-up to the French national team.
Described as “affordable” by Mercato foot, Sidibe may fit into the Newcastle price range. They are working on a limited budget this month and may have to focus primarily on loan deals.
For example, they’re apparently close to taking on Manchester United winger Brandon Williams for the rest of the season.
Now, they could be making moves for another open defender. However, they face competition for Sidibe from another Ligue 1 team.
Marseille also considering Sidibe
The report adds that Marseille want to take the 28-year-old and make him their first-choice right-back. But he is just one of several candidates for that position.
If such an agreement does not materialize, Newcastle will be on alert. Sidibe may consider a return to the Premier League, having wanted to extend his stay at Everton last summer.
The Toffees wanted to take him on loan for one more season, but Monaco just wanted to sell him. However, they may have to reassess that stance in January, and Newcastle could take advantage of either way.
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