Newcastle Transfer Rumours: Magpies Going After Valenciennes Defender

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2013

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24:  Gaetan Bong of Cameroon runs with the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group E match between Cameroon and Netherlands at Green Point Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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One of the busiest clubs in the January transfer window so far has been injury-ridden Newcastle United.

Not only are the Magpies looking to fill holes left in their lineup by a plethora of injuries, but they now have a bit of money to spend after the departure of forward Demba Ba to Chelsea (via BBC Sport).

Instead of going after a replacement for Ba, the Tyneside club are going after players to bolster their defense. 

The latest player to be linked with the club is Gaetan Bong, a 24-year-old Cameroon international who plays for Valenciennes in Ligue 1 (via Sky Sports)

Bong has made 12 appearances in the French top flight this season for Valenciennes, all of those appearances coming at the left-back position. 

The 24-year-old has made 10 appearances for Cameroon since making his international debut in 2010. 

If Bong were to join Newcastle, he would provide manager Alan Pardew with a viable second option at the left-back position behind Davide Santon, who has had his name brought up in transfer speculation as well this week (via Sky Sports). 

Bong would become the second player from Ligue 1 to sign with the Magpies during the January transfer window as Mathieu Debuchy completed his move to St. James' Park last week (via The Sun).

Since taking charge of Newcastle in December 2010, Pardew has gone to Ligue 1 more than any other league to find players to add to his squad.

Hatem Ben Arfa was signed from Marseille in January 2011. That summer, Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye, and Mehdi Abeid were also brought into Tyneside from Ligue 1. 

Pardew once again dipped into the talent of the French top flight this past summer with the signing of Romain Amalfitano from Reims. 

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