Distin flattered by interest
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Manchester City defender Sylvain Distin has admitted he is flattered to be linked with a move to Newcastle.
Newcastle boss Graeme Souness is keen on bringing Distin back to St James' Park as he continues his rebuilding plans at the club.
Distin enjoyed a successful loan spell at Newcastle during the 2001/2002 season before moving to City and Souness wants to bring him back and team him up with new signing Jean-Alain Boumsong in a new central defensive pairing.
City have already rejected one bid from Newcastle for Distin, but reports suggest they are ready to table a new improved offer this week to try and lure him to Tyneside.
The French defender admits he is happy at City, but concedes he would be interested in a move to Newcastle if City were willing to sell him.
"I didn't get any direct contact," revealed Distin.
"I am fine at City where the club is starting to stabilise.
"Newcastle would be an attractive challenge. I know that the team is rebuilding a defence. But firstly, I have to get my club's consent before starting to think about it."