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Seko Fofana the latest player Newcastle United are reported to want to sign this window

3 weeks ago
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Seko Fofana  is wanted by Newcastle United, according to Italian media reports on Friday.

The Udinese midfielder has just helped his club to 12th place in Serie A but is set to move on this summer after three years at the club.

Seko Fofana was with Paris FC as a kid before then moving to the youth ranks of Ligue 1 club Lorient for three years, before moving on to Manchester City as an 18 year old.

A familiar tale then of zero chances at first team level, loan moves (Fulham and Bastia), before eventually sold for £2.5m (plus potential add-ons) to Udinese in summer 2016.

As well as Napoli and AC Milan, Sevilla are claimed to have been watching the 6ft 1 midfielder, with Calciomercato saying Newcastle United are now showing ‘concrete interest’ in buying him.

I think we can be sure of two things…that nobody will be bought by Newcastle until Rafa Benitez (or somebody else…) is confirmed as manager for next season, as well as the fact that Newcastle’s scouting team will be preparing lists of potential targets until that managerial position is sorted.

With Mohamed Diame on his way and both Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey likely to follow, Newcastle will need at least one new central midfielder, possibly two.

Anybody’s guess as to whether Seko Fofana will be a serious target but he has done ok at Udinese, making 74 Serie A starts (plus 6 sub appearances) and managed 10 goals in the league as well as five assists.

The Italian reports put the 24 year old’s valuation at around the 15m euros (£13m) mark.

Seko Fofana was born and raised in Paris and played youth football at Under 16, Under 17, Under 18 and Under 19 level for France, before eventually choosing Ivory Coast when making his move into senior international football.

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