There were reports earlier today that Newcastle were interested in signing 20 year-old top Monaco winger Lucas Ocampos, but news coming in tonight is that the Argentine may have signed for Marseilles, where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
If that’s true then maybe that will open up the way for Newcastle to sign Florian Thauvin, and also news tonight from Italy that Newcastle are interested in Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye, the Senegal International midfielder.
Idrissa Gueye – Lille and Senegal International midfielder
The same outlet that reported Ocampos – TMW – is now reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing 25 year-old Gueye, who joined Lille back in 2010 and plays in central midfield.
Newcastle have never replaced Yohan Cabaye, who is rumored tonight to be joining Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
Maybe the Senegal man is finally a replacement for Cabaye, who we signed from Lille back in the summer of 2011 for €5M – the release clause in his contract.
The other club said to be interested in Gueye is Swansea, and we haven’t done well when we have gone head to head with the south Wales club.
Only a couple of weeks ago they persuaded Marseilles free agent Andre Ayew to join them and two years ago they were willing to pay £12M for Wilfried Bony from Vitesse, when Newcastle balked at the price.
So Swansea have proved to be more ambitious and more decisive than the Magpies in the past.
This is the first time we have been linked with Gueye who has played 176 games for Lille with 6 goals and 5 assists and has played 23 times for Senegal.
He is valued at around £5M on www.transfermarkt.com, stands 5’9″tall and is right footed.
Gueye also played for Senegal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
What do you think?