Foot Mercato reported yesterday that Newcastle want 26 year-old Montpellier playmaker Ryad Boudebouz in the January transfer window and the news was that Newcastle were the first club to make an approach for the playmaker.
A number of clubs were said to be interested in the player and today there is a report in L’Equipe that
Lazio are the second club to have made formal contact with Montpellier about the Algerian international.
Ryad Boudebouz – 26 year-old Montpellier playmaker
That’s a challenge to Newcastle, but it’s also clear that Montpelier are not keen to sell the player who has a contract that runs through June, 2019 at the French club.
There are a number of clubs after the Algerian playmaker, but Newcastle put themselves in the lead by being the first club to make an official enquiry about the player and they have now been followed by the Italian club.
There are a number of clubs who have expressed an interest in the player including West Ham but only two clubs have made a formal approach for the player who currently has a knee injury and will therefore miss the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Ryad started his career with Sochaux back in 2008 and moved to Bastia in 2013 where he spent a couple of seasons before moving to Montpellier in the summer of 2015.
He played for the French U17 and French U19 sides before making his senior debut for Algeria back in 2010 and has played in the French League all his career.
He has played 51 times for Montpellier with 8 goals and in his career he has made 304 total appearances with 46 goals.
Newcastle are after a playmaker to add some creativity to the side in central midfield with Jonjo Shelvey the only playmaker that Newcastle have and he’s currently out on a five game suspension at the moment.
Ryad Boudebouz is expected to cost around £8M.