Newcastle United have approached Montpellier to try and sign Ryad Boudebouz, according to reports in France today.

The 26 year old attacking midfielder mostly plays on the right and has an excellent set-piece reputation.

The Montpellier star has had an excellent season scoring seven goals and getting two assists in only 16 Ligue One matches.

Now Foot Mercato are reporting that their information is that Newcastle have contacted Montpellier to ask about his availability

Newcastle were first linked with Ryad Boudebouz three and a half years ago when he was at Sochaux but nothing came of it, the Algerian international moving on to Bastia instead, then joining Montpellier in summer 2015 for around £1.5m.

Montpellier are claimed to have made clear that they intend to keep Ryad Boudebouz until the end of this season but pressure may be mounting with Marseille and West Brom also credited with interest.

This though would be no quick fix to cover African Cup of Nations gaps for Rafa Benitez, if a deal did happen, Boudebouz was in line to be part of Algeria’s squad before picking up a knee injury in December. After having surgery he is expected back by February at the latest.

Whilst Ryad Boudebouz won’t be in Gabon with Algeria, one player who will be is former Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid, who is now doing well with Dijon in Ligue One.

No reminders needed I guess, that the last two signings from Montpellier didn’t work out too well – Mapou Yangia-Mbiwa and Remy Cabella.