Magpies linked with Vignal
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle are reportedly keen on signing Portsmouth's Gregory Vignal.Newcastle are reportedly ready to turn to Portsmouth's Gregory Vignal as they search for a new defender.
Magpies boss Graeme Souness is actively looking to bolster his leaky defence and has made a new left back his top priority.
Souness ran the rule over Lens star Yohan Lachor earlier this week, but it seems unlikely he will follow up his interest in the player.
Reports emanating from France suggest Souness is pondering a move for Vignal.
Souness considered signing Vignal last summer before the former Liverpool man joined Portsmouth.
Vignal has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Pompey side this season and the Frenchman admitted he was unsure of his future at Fratton Park.
The 24-year-old could find himself shipped out of Portsmouth as Harry Redknapp reshapes his squad and the news has alerted Souness.
Robbie Elliott has been playing at left back lately, but the experienced defender and Celestine Babayaro have failed to convince on occasions this season.
Newcastle could face competition for Vignal if they decide to move for the full back with Monaco believed to be weighing up a move for the player.
Monaco are in the market for a new defender having lost Patrice Evra to Manchester United and they could offer Vignal a return to France.