French media organisation Foot Mercato have claimed an exclusive, with Newcastle United reported to have bid 17m euros (around £12m) for Aymen Abdennour.

The 25 year old Tunisian international moved for around £11m from Toulouse to Monaco only 18 months ago.

Newcastle United have been linked with the Monaco defender for some time and at the end of May, United had already submitted a bid according to the player’s agent, Abdelkader Jilani.

Despite Abdennour only being at Monaco for a year and a half,  Abdelkader Jilani said:

“Given the season that Aymen has had, there is interest from all over the world. We have received calls from clubs and sporting directors, but for now nothing [has been decided].

“Clubs including Valencia, Newcastle, Tottenham, Inter Milan and Wolfsburg have called. We have received concrete offers from these teams, and they

are really interested in Aymen.

Monaco finished third in Ligue 1 and qualified once again for the Champions League, so it is a little difficult imagining a player at his peak being prepared to move to a club that can’t even offer Europa League football, or the likelihood of European football around the corner.

The player may well want a move but it does sound as though this is a continuous drive by the agent and potentially Monaco to try and drive up interest and the level of transfer fee/wages, plus of course the calibre of club.

Hopefully Newcastle are in the market for this level of player but only time will tell…