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Newcastle United interested in signing Gregoire Defrel – Gianluca Di Marzio

7 months ago
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Gregoire Defrel is claimed to be a target for Newcastle United.

Italian sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports that the 27 year old is now attracting Newcastle after they missed out on other targets.

The likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace and Everton have all previously been linked with the Frenchman but with Newcastle now said to be showing interest.

Gregoire Defrel is a versatile attacking player who can play right across the frontline.

The Frenchman has played all his professional football in Italy, appearing for Palma, Foggia, Sassuolo, Cesena and now Roma.

Last summer, Eusebio Di Francesco left Sassuola to manage Roma and he took Gregoire Defrel with him, the forward costing around £18m.

However, after scoring an impressive 28 goals in 78 Serie A starts the previous three seasons, including 12 for Sassuolo in 2016/17, Defrel found time on the pitch hard to get at Roma.

The attacker scoring one goal as he made 20 appearances in all competitions, though only seven as a starter.

Roma are looking to move the player on and fitting in with the current state of play at Newcastle United, reports that Roma are willing to initially loan Gregoire Defrel out, will make a potential transfer sound more of a possibility to Newcastle fans.

Defrel sounds a similar type of versatile attacking player to Alassane Plea, who Rafa Benitez wanted to bring in. Only for Borussia Monchengladbach to buy him for £22m whilst imaginary tales of Newcastle bids were fed to the English media by Mike Ashley’s PR people.

As well as stating that he has to sell before he could potentially buy anybody else, Rafa Benitez yesterday also made clear he has being putting in a lot of work on sorting possible loan deals.

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