Newcastle United are being linked with a last minute move for Sochaux attacking midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, according to The Times today, but we’d be very surprised if Newcastle sign him today, with 90 minutes left in the window, although the Magpies could well be interested in the player longer term.
Ryad Boudebouz – Algerian International attacking midfielder
The 22-year old French-born Algerian international, who has played for the French Youth sides before he made his debut for Algeria back in 2009, looks a very good player, and maybe he’s a longer term target of Newcastle’s.
Ryad made the Algerian World Cup squad that played in South Africa a couple of years ago, and he started the game in which Algeria shocked England with a 0-0 draw, which cost England the number one position in their group, and had them being eliminated by Germany in the round of the last 16.
Boudebouz has been interesting Marseilles, but a potential move to the former French Champions broke down, but it could be that he has been scouted by Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr, and we think he could be a future Newcastle acquisition.
The 5’6″ tall player, who is right footed, was born in Colmar, France and joined Sochaux at the age of 14.
In October of 2008 at the age of 18, Boudebouz made his first team debut for the French club, starting in a league match against Nice.
He has since played 135 times with 23 goals for Sochaux, and 13 times with one goal for Algeria, and he may be one to keep an eye on for the future – maybe January or next summer?
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