Newcastle United may about to be the latest club to take advantage of the financial meltdown at Spanish club Malaga, as the club reportedly prepare a bid for French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.
The Mirror report that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made early enquiries into the midfielder’s availability, as the Andalucian club find themselves in the midst of a desperate financial situation which could see them stripped of their place in this season’s Champions League and possibly demotion from the top tier of Spanish football.
28-year-old Toulalan is also being targeted by the player’s former club, Lyon, but Pardew is reportedly confident that Newcastle’s French Connection could be enough to tempt the midfielder to Tyneside, with Frenchmen Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux already at the club, with the likely possibility of them being joined by right back Mathieu Debuchy.
Malaga signed Toulalan from Lyon for £10 million last summer, as the player was tempted by the grand ambition and promises of big signings at the club. However the dream has swiftly transformed into a nightmare with the club desperately trying to find a new owner as a queue of debt collectors grows. Santi Cazorla and midfielder Salamon Rondon are reputedly close to moves away from Malaga as they seek to generate some much needed funds.