Newcastle United want Jonathan Bamba according to reports on Friday morning.

The club are said to have followed the winger for some time and now Foot Mercato report that the St Etienne managerial situation has held up a potential move.

With the club managerless since Christophe Gaultier’s departure,  St Etienne were refusing to listen to offers for the 21 year old until they sorted a new boss – Gaultier is one of the favourites for the vacancy at Crystal Palace.

On Thursday night though it has been confirmed that former Brighton and Watford manager Oscar Garcia has now been appointed by St Etienne.

Foot Mercato report that Newcastle have been waiting to put a ‘formal offer’ on the table to the Ligue 1 club, so now Garcia has been appointed there appears to be nothing to stop a transfer bid now being made – if there is substance to this particular transfer story…

Jonathan Bamba has played at all levels for France up to Under 21 level and made his first team debut for St Etienne as an 18 year old.

After playing mainly reserve team football with occasional first team games for a couple of seasons, last August the French winger went off on loan to Sint-Truiden who play in the top tier of football in Belgium.

Bamba scored three goals in 11 first team appearances but then the second half of the season saw him head off to Ligue 1 outfit Angers.

At Angers, Jonathan Bamba score three goals in 20 first team matches.

Foot Mercato claim that Serie A side Atalanta have also registered an interest in Bamba.

With the past farce of almost solely concentrating on the French league for transfers, little wonder Newcastle fans may be sceptical when Newcastle are linked with a player like Jonathan Bamba.

This summer has seen Newcastle linked with well over a hundred players, including a fair number of young players at Ligue 1 clubs, similar in profile to the St Etienne winger.

However, Rafa Benitez has already shown in his 15 months at St James Park, that he is interested in bringing in players, no matter their age or the country where they are currently playing.

As well as the 12 first team squad signings made in Summer 2016, plus Christian Atsu’s permanent move last month, Rafa has also recruited numerous young players, mainly from overseas.

Just because the Mike Ashley/Graham Carr transfer ‘plan’ was a disaster, no reason why Newcastle shouldn’t once again sign players from over the Channel – but only if they are the right ones, no matter what their age, and just so long as it is Rafa Benitez who makes the decision.