Foot Mercato are reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing 26 year-old Montpellier playmaker Ryad Boudebouz during the January transfer window.
The report is that we have already enquired about the player who has also been interesting Premier League clubs such as Everton, Tottenham, West Brom and West Ham and top European clubs like AC Milan, Sevilla and Marseille.
Ryad has 26 caps for Algeria since picking up his first cap as a 20 year-old back in 2010.
26 year-old Montpellier playmaker Ryad Boudebouz
Newcastle’s fortunes have taken a negative turn over the last three games without playmaker Jonjo Shelvey in the side and we have dropped six points in those three games so manager Rafa Benitez is keen to bring in a playmaker this month.
There is money available to bring in a player on a straight transfer but Newcastle are also looking to bring in Premier League players on loan.
We have so far been linked with Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Everton’s Tom Cleverley, Manchester City’s Fabian Delph and Brentford’s Alan Judge.
They could be better targets than the skilled Ryad Boudebouz because they are used to English football whereas Ryad would need some time to get accustomed to the very quick pace and physical nature of the English game.
This is the first time we have been linked with this player, so we suppose he could be a real target for Newcastle this month – you never know the report may even be accurate.
Ryad moved from Bastia to Montpellier in the summer of 2015 and has played in the French League all his career – beginning his career with Sochaux in 2008.
He has played 51 times for Montpellier with 8 goals and in his career he has made 304 total appearances with 46 goals.
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