Football site TMW are reporting that Newcastle are now after 20 year-old top Monaco winger Lucas Ocampos.
Newcastle have been scouting Monaco this year – and we have been interested in their Algerian International center-back Aymen Abdennour – but maybe we have also been watching their 20 year-old Argentine winger – who played 26 times with four goals for Monaco last season.
Lucas Ocampos – in action for Monaco
Since signing on from River Player three years ago, he’s played 99 times for Monaco with 15 goals and 8 assists, and he’s an exciting young player who turned down Chelsea three years ago to sign on at Monaco.
He was extremely well thought of three years ago, with his price tag being a massive €15M – about £10.5M – and the fee being quoted for him now is €12M – which is around £8.5M.
While at his home town club River Plate, whom he left when he was only 17 – he played 21 times with 3 goals.
There are a number of top clubs after the 20 year-old including Manchester United, so he’s in demand – but Newcastle are the latest club to enter the chase for the youngster.
Maybe a plus for Newcastle is that he would get first team football immediately at Newcastle.
Italian clubs Fiorentina and AS Roma are also after him, and it will depend on what wages Newcastle can offer the winger, but Newcastle are not exactly short of money these days.
Lucas stands 6″2″tall – so they make them big these days in Argentina – it’s those Argentine hamburgers I tell you.
In February of this year Monaco sent Ocampos out on loan to Marseilles for the rest of the season, and he played 14 games with two goals and two assists.
Newcastle can point to young striker Ayoze Perez last summer, who came straight into the Newcastle side to play 39 first team games for u with 7 Premier League goals.
Also new head coach Steve McClaren is very good at bringing players through – so Newcastle do have some advantages in their bid to sign this talented youngster.
There was news this morning that Newcastle have put bids in for three players in the last few days – so maybe this is one of the players we are now after?