Newcastle are interested in 22 year-old French U21 International creative midfielder Wylan Cyprien, who joined Nice from Lens only last summer.
The midfielder has played for all the French youth sides and if Newcastle are promoted back to the Premier League this season then it looks likely he will become a target of manager Rafa Benitez.
Sunderland are also reported to be interested in the player, but if the Black Cats are relegated there’s no way they will be able to sign the talented young playmaker.
Wylan Cyprien – 22 year-old Nice playmaker
Cyprien was born in the French overseas region of Guadeloupe, in the Lesser Antilles – and he joined Lens in 2008 and came through the Youth system there.
The report in the Mediaset outlet is that the two north-east clubs are said to be interested in signing the youngster, so if Sunderland are relegated and Newcastle promoted and if we are really after the midfielder, the odds will be heavily in our favor.
Rafa will want to overhaul the Newcastle squad once again this summer if we are promoted and bringing in a creative playmaker who can score goals is one player he will want to sign.
The 5ft 11ins tall midfielder has scored 7 goals and had 3 assists in 30 appearances this season for Nice and while at Lens he scored 17 goals and 9 assists in 142 total appearances.
Nice are currently 3rd top of the French League on 53 points from 25 games, just 5 points behind leaders Monaco.