Rafa Benitez wants about six top players brought in this summer to fortify and improve the Newcastle squad for the Premier League and yesterday there were a number of reports about one or two players we seem to be targeting.
One was Brazilian striker Willian Jose, who joined Real Sociedad last July and has had a good season with 11 goals in 28 games for the Spanish club.
Another report in the Sun is that we want 20 year-old Guingamp winger Marcus Coco, who has played 6 times for the French U21 side.
Marcus Coco on the right – 20 year-old speed merchant
The Sun report is that Coco was a target of manager Rafa Benitez last summer, but we have no record of Newcastle ever being interested in this player.
Coco has real speed and ability and is expected to leave his club this summer and it appears Rafa is really interested in signing the 20 year-old for a fee estimated at around £10M.
Coco has played 33 times for Guingamp in all competitions this season and he’s scored four goals and has two assists.
And since making his Ligue 1 debut in February of 2015 against Girondins de Bordeaux, he has played 71 games for his club with 5 goals and 4 assists.
Stoke City and Southampton are two Premier League clubs also said to be interested in the player this summer.
Newcastle have a history of signing good French wingers over the last 25 years or so, although of late we have made some poor buys from France.
But with Rafa now in charge of all football matters at the club, he must see something in Coco that he can develop and hopefully turn the youngster into a top player at Newcastle.
Sounds good to us.
What do you think?