Newcastle scout Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy in action for France

Newcastle United want to continue their French revolution with a deal for Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy, after watching him star against Iceland over the weekend. French defender Mathieu Debuchy is wanted by Newcastle (Picture: AFP/Getty) Magpies boss Alan Pardew is a long-term admirer of versatile defender Debuchy, and has closely followed his progress all year, before asking Chief Scout Graham Carr to compile a dossier on the player at the end of the season.Pardew, who has already signed play-maker Romain Amalfitano from Ligue 2 Reims, has enjoyed huge success with French players in the last 12 months, with the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux all helping the Toon to a surprise 5th place finish last season.Newcastle are not finished there though, and will use their excellent contacts on the continent to strengthen again this summer, with Lille star Debuchy their top target, after club scouts watched the 26-year-old score and impress as France beat Iceland 3-2 on Sunday evening.A powerful and aggressive right-back who can play left-back and in midfield, Debuchy has also been watched by Manchester United and Liverpool in recent months, but Newcastle believe they are favourites, and are preparing a £5 million bid.Lille are said to value the player at closer to £8 million, and are aware that Turkish duo Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are willing to pay that, giving them a strong hand at the negotiating table.Newcastle are likely to be forced into upping their bid though – given that first-choice right-back Danny Simpson has twice rejected the offer of a new contract, and is set to walk out of Sports Direct Arena on a free transfer this summer.The Magpies have Manchester United’s Fabio da Silva and Twente’s Roberto Rosales as back up options, if they fail to land Debuchy.

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