Liverpool locked in fresh left-back conflict with new Toon target

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Highly rated Toulouse left-back Cheikh M'Bengue is unsure of where his future lies amidst reported interest from Newcastle United and Liverpool according to

The 22-year-old France U21 international has attracted attention from a number of potential suitors after a series of impressive displays in Ligue 1 this season.

Reports in the French media suggest Marseille are poised to make an offer for the Senegalese-born defender, who is rumoured to be keen to remain in France for at least another two years.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has made no secret of his desire to bring in a new left-sided defender in the summer transfer window, and is said to have targeted M'Bengue for a move to Anfield, after negotiations broke down with other potential targets.

The Reds have long been linked with a move for Newcastle's very own Jose Enrique, who continues to stall on a new deal to keep him at St James' Park.


Magpies boss Alan Pardew appears to have given up hope of retaining Enrique's services and so has begun his search for a replacement – bringing him to M'Bengue.

M'Bengue has expressed his respect towards both Liverpool and Newcastle and admits he is flattered to be linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League.

However, he would not be drawn on comments to outline his favoured destination, telling

"Liverpool are a very big club, Newcastle as well, but nothing has been decided with my future so let's wait and see."

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