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Newcastle United make approaches for Kenny Lala and Valentin Rosier – France Football

6 months ago
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Rafa Benitez has made enquiries to sign both Kenny Lala and Valentin Rosier according to media in France.

France Football are reporting that Newcastle have approached both Strasbourg and Dijon to ask about potential deals in January.

Both players can play right back or right wing back, whilst Valentin Rosier can also play on the left.

Newcastle United currently have an ‘interesting’ full-back combination, with Paul Dummett who is a steady defender but gets dizzy if he even crosses the halfway line, whilst DeAndre Yedlin bombs up and down the right hand side and is at times Newcastle’s biggest attacking threat, but is suspect in defence.

With expectations of a takeover and/or significant spending on players in January fading fast, it would be no surprise to see Rafa Benitez forced to look for bargains to bolster his options at full-back.

Manquillo isn’t Premier League quality, whilst on the other side neither Ritchie or Kenedy are happy playing left wing back.

Kenny Lala would more fit the bargain aspect as he played most of his football at a lower level before a free transfer from Ligue 2 Lens to Ligue 1 Strasbourg in summer 2017.

He has been first choice these past 18 months but his contract is due to be up this summer after only signing on for two years initially.

Going forward he has been especially impressive this season, with three goals and six assists from the right wing back position. Playing alongside former Newcastle keeper Matz Sels, Lala has helped Strasbourg to seventh, only four points off fourth.

It is only these last 18 months when Valentin Rosier has also become a Ligue 1 regular.

However, he is only 22 and seen as a player with a lot of potential, with Dijon having knocked back an offer from Lille in the summer.

If he was sold, then he would undoubtedly cost more than Kenny Lala. However, with Dijon third from bottom and in big relegation trouble, that could potentially sway the club into considering a sale if they could use that money to strengthen elsewhere.

Valentin Rosier also has a former Newcastle player as a teammate, with Mehdi Abeid having scored three goals from midfield for Dijon this season.

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