Newcastle face Monaco battle for Ziani
The Algeria international was expected to join Newcastle this week, with talks already having opened in positive fashion.
However, L'Equipe says AS Monaco have also been in touch with Ziani's minders in recent days.
Indeed, it's understood the attacker is now favouring a move to France over Tyneside.
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