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FRANCK Queudrue will have talks with Newcastle United on Monday as Sam Allardyce looks to finally fill the club’s problematic left-back spot. And another Frenchman, Rod Fanni, is in the frame to complete a revamped back four at St James’s Park.

Former Middlesbrough defender Queudrue moved closer to leaving Fulham when the Cottagers signed Paul Konchesky from West Ham United yesterday.

The England international moved across London for an undisclosed fee. Although Konchesky can also play in midfield, he seems certain to be a replacement for the unsettled Queudrue.

The player’s agent, Dominique Six, revealed Newcastle are in pole position to land Queudrue, who left Teesside for the capital a year ago. Another, unnamed club, have approached the 28-year-old but would prefer to make a move in the January transfer window because of financial constraints.

Queudrue’s representative is expecting to meet Lawrie Sanchez on Monday to discuss his client’s situation now Konchesky has signed. After that he is due to speak to Newcastle – on the phone rather than in person.

Like a number of Chris Coleman’s former signings at Craven Cottage, Queudrue does not seem enamoured with Sanchez’s direct style and is agitating for a move. The opportunity to move back to the North-East, where he spent five years with Middlesbrough, would seem an ideal solution.