It was expected that Newcastle United would spend the summer looking to strengthen their squad on the defensive end of the pitch. Transfer rumors are following suit, as Newcastle United is being linked with multiple defenders in Ligue 1. Looking in Ligue 1 should come as no surprise, considering the success of Yohan Cabaye during his first season in the Premier League.
It has been reported that Newcastle United has lodged a bid for Mathieu Debuchy of Lille that was rejected. The French international left-back is having a solid showing at Euro 2012 for Les Bleus. Newcastle is hoping the connection of Debuchy to his friend, and former Lille teammate, Cabaye, gives them an advantage in gaining his signature. Debuchy's current form will drive up his price, and the competition for his signature.
While Debuchy will be an upgrade for Newcastle at right-back, they are also rumored to be looking in France for a solution at left-back. The rumored target is Henri Bedimo of Ligue 1 champion Montpellier. Bedimo recently stated he would be heading to England this summer. Montpellier is facing a summer of transition, with Bedimo potentially joining Olivier Giroud in the EPL.
Bedimo is a strong-tackling left-back who is better than average at providing service from the wing. The physical nature of his game will allow him to transition into the Premier League with little adjustment. He can also move over to right-back when needed, making him a versatile option in defense. The Cameroon international would go a long way in solidifying Newcastle’s back line, as they look to push toward the top of the table.
If both Bedimo and Debuchy land at Tyneside, Newcastle United will have provided a major upgrade for their rear guard. If both can enjoy the type of success Cabaye has had at Newcastle, a solid team could very well become a dangerous team this season. Even the capture of one of their signatures will help Newcastle continue to move forward.