Newcastle United look at PSG’s Mamadou Sakho

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NEWCASTLE United are keeping tabs on Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

The 22-year-old has become unsettled at the cash-rich club after a raft of signings – and is eyeing a move away from the Parc des Princes.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s determined to sign a centre-half this summer, and club officials are aware of Sakho’s situation. “If another defender comes in, I will do everything to leave because I have to think about my future,” he told L’Equipe.

“My objective this season is to be in the starting 11 at a club. So I am opened to propositions of clubs keen to play me and allow me to go on improving.

“I need to play at my club – that is very clear. That is why I am thinking about a departure.”

Pardew needs another player to compete with Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson for a place in defence alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Taylor suffered a long-term injury midway through last season, and his absence exposed a weakness in Pardew’s squad.

However, Sakho – who missed out on a place in France’s squad for Euro 2012 after losing his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s team – is not Newcastle’s No.1 target.

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