Newcastle are readying a summer bid for Kevin Malcuit according to claims from over the Channel.

France Football are reporting that their information is that Rafa Benitez is looking to add the 25 year old to his team/squad if the Magpies are promoted.

Starting his career at Monaco, Kevin Malcuit has only really came to prominence in these past two seasons when impressing for St Etienne in Ligue 1, having spent the intervening time outside the top level in France.

West Ham have long been linked with a move for the Frenchman this summer but now France Football believe that Newcastle are ready to provide strong competition.

A versatile player, as well as right-back he can also play as a winger amongst other positions.

Newcastle’s on-loan midfielder Henri Saivet has been playing alongside Malcuit this season for St Etienne.

Currently out injured, Kevin Malcuit has played 29 times this season for the Ligue 1 club, including both games against Manchester United in the Europa League.

When regularly linked with West Ham this season, a valuation in the region of £10m has been often quoted.

DeAndre Yedlin seems to have a similar profile to Malcuit in terms of being a quick versatile player who can play anywhere up the right side of the pitch, Rafa Benitez having stated a liking for players who can play in a number of positions.

Jesus Gamez has struggled to get anywhere near the first team this season, whilst Vurnon Anita’s position is an open one, with no new contract sorted and the player set to potentially leave for nothing at the end of the season.

Fans continue to be split as to whether the diminutive Dutchman can do a job in the Premier League, especially after 16 year old Ryan Sessegnon took Anita apart when scoring twice in Fulham’s 3-1 win in March.