There is news that Newcastle may be interested in Nantes’ 21 year-old midfielder Jordan Veretout, and he could be the replacement for Moussa Sissoko if we allow him to leave the club.
Jordan Vertout – Newcastle scouting the 21 year-old
But we’d be very surprised if Moussa Sissoko is allowed to leave in this January transfer window, because selling our best player for the fourth January in the last five years, does not send a good message to any potential coach interested in taking the head coach position available at Newcastle.
But the way Mike Ashley works is that somebody meets his price on Moussa – said to be a massive £25M for Moussa – and he’s gone – whenever that happens.
The news is that Chief Scout Graham Carr and his team have been scouting the 21 year-old Veretout this season, and he certainly has an excellent record, having played for all the French youth sides and has nine appearances for the French U21 side.
We have never covered this player before – and Jordan made his debut for Nantes in May 2011, in a league match against Sedan, when he was just 18 years old.
He joined Nantes in 2003 when he was 10 years old, and the 5’10” midfielder has played 124 times for Nantes with 14 goals and 21 assists, and this season Nantes are in 8th place in the French League with 31 points from their 21 games played.
As we said, we’d be very surprised if Sissoko leaves this month – but he could leave in the summer, and if a new coach is in place we may even unload some of our players this summer and bring new players in.
Two experienced players at Newcastle who could be put up for sale in the summer are Davide Santon and Cheick Tiote.
From what we can tell Jordan Veretout is a very good young player and would be happy to join Newcastle, especially if we have a top French coach soon.
What do you think?
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