Newcastle United are now being linked with a move for Nicolas Nkoulou.

Nkoulou is a 25 year old central defender who plays for Marseille and is Cameroon’s Captain.

Moving from Monaco to Marseille for £3m in 2011, The Times report that Newcastle could move for the defender who has only one year left on his contract at the French club.

A number of clubs have been linked with the player, including Arsenal and recently Lyon, but Marseille are said to be determined not to sell to another French club.

A fee of £7m has been put on the player’s head and both Villa and Sunderland have also been credited with interest.

Standing at 5ft 11 he wouldn’t be the kind of central defender you’d pair with Fabricio Coloccini, though many Newcastle fans now believe that the days of the current United Captain being an automatic starter are behind him.

With news this morning that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to Tyneside to discuss terms, having that one signing almost over the line does then give any additional new transfer stories a fraction more credibility as the club look at last to invest in credible players.

With Aleksandar Mitrovic also looking like a strong possibility to actually sign for Newcastle as well, surely money will also be spent on the defence.