This summer could go down as one of those where we have been linked with more players than ever before.
Yes, Rafa wants to sign up to 8 players, but heaven knows how many we have been linked with so far but it’s an awful lot of players.
One player we have been linked this year is Montpellier playmaker Ryad Boudebouz, but for some reason we never thought that deal would go through.
27 year-old Montpellier playmaker Ryad Boudebouz
But there’s news today from France that Newcastle are now close to agreeing a deal with Montpellier for the player, according to French publication Le Buteur.
The news is that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has already talked to Boudebouz’ agent over a move for his player to the Magpies in the summer.
Newcastle have had dealings in the past with Montpellier and their Chairman Laurent Nicollin has said the French club have had offers, but nothing very serious ,for their playmaker who principally plays as a right winger.
This is what Nicollin has said in Le Buteur:
“A good exit for Boudebouz? He has had it for some time. We agreed with him and his agent.”
“If a good offer comes to the club, we will study it together and make a decision that will make everyone happy,”
“Offers? We have some but nothing very serious for him.”
Boudebouz had a very good season for his French club last term and in 34 appearances he scored 11 goals and had 10 assists so he’s a productive player and Rafa is looking for more goals from midfield next season in the Premier League.
Boudebouz only joined Montpellier last summer from Bastia (he previously played at Sochaux for six seasons) and back in May 2010, he made his debut for Algeria in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland: he now has 24 caps with 2 goals.
The report in Le Buteur says that Rafa would use Boudebouz as a playmaker and the player is certainly versatile and can play as a winger, attacking midfielder or even up front as a striker.
We definitely need more creatively in the side for next season in the Premier League and Ryad would certainly provide that.
He can score goals and create them too, so he could be a very good acquisition for Newcastle this summer.
What do you think?