Monaco centre-back Aymen Abdennour has turned down an approach from Newcastle United.

The 25 year old Tunisian international moved for around £11m from Toulouse to Monaco only last summer.

Now Get French Football News say that their information is that Newcastle made a failed approach for Abdennour earlier this month.

Despite only being at Monaco for a year, the defender is interested in a move but his agents told Newcastle that it would have to be a club that can offer European football.

A reminder that even if Mike Ashley belatedly was willing to allow a credible budget for new signings, getting the right players to come to Newcastle might be a different matter.

A massive difference if say Newcastle had shown ambition after finishing fifth in 2011/12, a team on the up offering European football.

As opposed to what we have now…