According to an ‘exclusive’ on Monday afternoon, Newcastle United are looking to bring in Jean-Philippe Mateta ahead of the new season.
The young Lyon striker turns 21 in 10 days time and impressed last season when sent out on loan.
The Under 19 French international scored 19 goals in 32 Ligue 2 starts (plus 5 sub appearances) when spending the season with Le Havre.
Lyon are competing in the Champions League next season and hoping to improve on their third place finish in Ligue 1, so it looks as though he will get limited opportunities if staying at Lyon.
Teamtalk report that Newcastle ‘lead the chase’ for Jean-Philippe Mateta but that other English clubs are also interested, including Leicester and West Ham.
Little doubt that Rafa/NUFC will be looking for value in the transfer window but still difficult to see a player with Mateta’s profile instantly being in contention for Newcastle’s first team squad.
Still, yet another player linked with NUFC this summer, and day we will sign one of them.