NEWCASTLE have reportedly stepped up their pursuit for Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe.
Steve Bruce's side are among the teams interested in signing the 28-year-old this month.
According to French source Foot Mercato, Newcastle have made contact over a move for him.
Bruce's side – who are 15th in the top-flight table – have enquired about his situation in France.
But Marseille are also keen to seal a deal for the 18-cap France international.
The French giants want him to provide competition for Japanese defender Hiroki Sakai.
It is reported that Sidibe would cost around £6.3 million to sign permanently.
Sidibe has been with Monaco since 2016 and his current contract runs until 2022.
He won the league title with them during the 2016-17 campaign and lifted the World Cup with France in 2018.
But the talented defender has been limited to just five starts in the league this season.
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The Frenchman spent last season on loan with Everton in the Premier League.
He made 25 appearances in the league for the Toffees before he returned to France.
Sidibe – who forgot to put on a sock for an Everton game – has also previously been linked to Arsenal and Manchester United.
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