Newcastle United’s French revolution looks as though it is to continue through the summer, as they have their sights set on Pierre-Emerick Aubameya and Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, according to reports in Italy.
Newcastle set a Premier league record against Aston Villa for the most French players to represent a club in a season, as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa became the eighth French player to play for the Toon this campaign, and Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has revealed they haven’t finished yet.
There might be slight disappointment for the Franco-Newcastle fans, as Aubameya represents Gabon at international level, but he is French speaking and did represent France U21′s for one game. The striker, who is known for wearing a pair of £2,500 crystal covered boots, was valued by his club St Etienne at £10 million, when Toon boss Alan Pardew offered the French club £8 million in January as reported in The Sun.
The French born striker has scored 11 goals in Ligue 1, as his side sit fourth in the league; and with the vacancy that Demba Ba left on Tyneside when he moved to Chelsea, Pardew will be hoping he can get his man as back up for Papiss Cisse.
The gaffer maybe looking for another replacement in his second target Isimat-Mirin, with center back Fabricio Coloccini possibly making a return back to his native Argentina.
Like Aubameya, Isimat-Mirin was also pursued in January and the 21 year old was rated at £5 million by his club Valenciennes and The Daily Mail.
They made no offer in January for the French under 21 international, who graduated from the Clairfontaine Academy, which boasts producing players such as Thierry Henry, Louis Saha and David Trezeguet.
The center back, who is out of contract in 16 months, has the physicality and aerial strength to survive in the Premier League, the problem comes when he tries to steal the ball. His judgement and timing is still a bit weak, but the youngster is improving with experience and taking things on board.
Liverpool were also showing some interest in the defender, but the French revolution in the North East looks set to continue for another transfer window at least.