The Sunday People have reported that Newcastle are all tracking the 22-year-old central midfielder Wylan Cyprien who came through the Lens Youth Academy and last summer moved to Nice.
We reported yesterday about another French player Newcastle are reported after – 18 year-old Saint-Etienne defender Mickael Nade.
But Nade would become part of Peter Beardsley’s development squad whereas we expect Cyprien would immediately be challenging for a first team place at Newcastle.
22 year-old Nice central midfielder Wylan Cyprien
Both French players would seem to be scouted by Graham Carr and it remains to be seen if Newcastle bring either player in during the summer.
Other big clubs like Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the talented Cyprien who has played for all the French Youth sides through U21 level.
The player has attracted attention this season with some very good displays for Nice and he has scored 9 goals and 3 assists in 34 total appearances so far.
Now for the bad news – there has to be a big question mark over Cyprien since he picked up a serious anterior cruciate knee-ligament (ACL) injury last Friday in the 57th minute of Nice’s 2-2 draw with Caen.
Nice are now 3rd in the French League table behind PSG and Monaco who are on top.
Depending on the severity of the injury it could keep him out of the game up to a year as it has done with another one of our potential targets – central midfielder Alan Judge of Brentford, who made the Championship Team of the Season last year.
Alan has still not played against for Brentford this season, after picking up his ACL injury last April at Ipswich.
Cyprien may continue to be a target for Newcastle, but certainly not this summer.
What do you think?