The Independent are reporting that Newcastle have tabled an offer for Valenciennes defender Gaetan Bong, according to the French club’s President Jean-Raymond Legrand.
The Magpies’ rumour mill has been on full-flow during this January transfer window with reports linking the North-East club to a number of mid-season signings, including Loic Remy.
However, with Fabricio Coloccini returning from injury this weekend and following the signing of France international Mathieu Debuchy, Bong may be a signing Pardew can do without.
Here’s why we think Newcastle should steer clear:
The Cameroon international has had a minus performance score on nine occasions in Ligue 1 this season, with a cumulative performance score of -13, despite a man-of-the-match performance against Reims at the beginning of December.
The 24-year-old also has more ‘Worst’ Squawka awards then he does ‘Best’ with a total of four, including one worst man of the match, one worth mean in the team, one worst defence and one worst attack.
The defender does have an impressive 83% tackle success rate, but has committed 63% of the fouls committed as a result of duels in which he has been actively involved.
Rumours have suggested that Inter Milan might be after Newcastle defender Davide Santon, and Pardew would need to bring in a replacement should Inter get their man, but Gaeton Bong is yet to produce the kind of form you’d expect to warrant interest from the Premier League side.
By Nic English