Newcastle United are reportedly plotting a move for French defender Christian Lengletahead of the January transfer window. This is according to the latest reports emanating from the Spanish media. The specific report from Catalan publication SPORTstated that the Magpies areeyeing a move for Lenglet who’s out-of-favour at Barcelona.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has opted for the likes of Gerard Pique, summer signing Eric Garcia and Ronald Araujo ahead of Lenglet at the heart of the Barcelona defence this season.

Newcastle United fans are in dreamland following the £300m takeover of the club by the Saudi-led consortium called PIF (Public Investment Fund). After a protracted takeover saga spanning several months, the Saudi-led takeover was confirmed last week. To this effect, Newcastle United are expected to spend money on quality players when the transfer window resumes at the start of next year and French central defender Lenglet could be one of those quality players.

Apart from ex-Sevilla playerLenglet, Newcastle United have also been linked with a move for his compatriot and Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana via the Daily Star. It was stated that the Magpies want to sign former Saint Etienne star Fofana despite the fact that the Leicester City player is currently injured.

A lot of defenders have been linked with the Magpies ahead of the January transfer window as the new owners try to beef up the defensive aspect of the team. Newcastle United have one of the worst defensive records as far as the new Premier League campaign is concerned afterconceding 16 goals in just seven games.

Newcastle United haveconceded the same number of goals as bottom team Norwich City and they both occupy the bottom two places on the league table as a result. No other team has conceded more goals than the bottom two duo of Newcastle United and Norwich City.

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