Samuel Grandsir has become a talked about player in France.
Then only 20, the young right winger helped Troyes to promotion last season, the French club ending the season as runners-up to Ligue 2 champions Strasbourg.
Expected to struggle this season, instead Troyes are currently safely in mid-table and much of that has been put down to the influence of the young winger.
Now 21, Samuel Grandsir has scored two goals and got four assists in only 15 Ligue 1 starts, involved in six of the 19 league goals they have scored.
Even though they lost 2-0, a very good performance from Grandsir against PSG at the end of November brought him a lot of attention.
Now Le10Sport in France have published an exclusive, claiming that the winger’s impressive form has caught the attention of clubs in England.
Amongst those interested clubs, Le10Sport report that both Newcastle United and Bournemouth have made an approach to Troyes ahead of the January window to register their interest.
The French media organisation say that significant transfer offers are set to follow from the two Premier League clubs, plus very likely bids from elsewhere as well.
They understand that Troyes are adamant they won’t sell, unless they get an offer that they can’t refuse…
Rafa Benitez of course has repeatedly said that he has all kinds of transfer targets in mind but with now less than two weeks to go until the window opens, he still has no idea what his budget will be. With also of course no idea whether Mike Ashley will still be in charge.