According to The Telegraph, Nice’s Khephren Thuram and Manu Kone of Borussia Monchengladbach are on Newcastle’s list of alternatives should we fail to strike a deal for Everton midfielder Amadou Onana.
Luke Edwards explains that despite the Toffees’ £50 million asking price and unwillingness to agree to any loan-to-buy agreement, the club hasn’t lost up on Onana. Both Frenchmen have been on our radar for “over a year” and are being considered again.
Thuram and Kone, who seem to have been under observation by club scouts for some time, have been connected to us previously. Even if there are reservations about signing foreign immigrants in the middle of the season, they could be ones to monitor with Kalvin Phillips now unlikely to sign due to Man City’s demands and a complicated big-money deal for Onana.
22-year-old Thuram, who is highly respected at Nice, who are now second in Ligue 1, is the son of former Barcelona and Juventus defender Lilian Thuram. At six feet three inches, he has a strong presence and is among the league’s top three percent of players for progressive ball carries.
At an average of more than 2.3 takeaways per game, 22-year-old Kone is among the Bundesliga’s most successful takeaways. In addition, he logs 2.85 tackles per game on average, and his playstyle again seems to fit Joelinton well. Gladbach is now ranked tenth in the Bundesliga.