Rafa Closing In On Signing 27 Year-Old Attacking Midfielder


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?

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • LewSpi v2.0

    May 30, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Goalkeeper
    Ionut Radu – tuttomercatoweb
    Jordan Pickford – The Sun
    Tom Heaton – The Sun
    Orestis Karnezis – Tuttoudinese
    Pepe Reina – The Sun

    Defender
    Callum chambers – The Mirror
    Harry Maguire – The Chronicle
    Kevin Malcuit – France Football
    Gregory Van Der Wiel – HITC
    Ryan Shawcross – The Independent
    Carl Jenkinson – The Chronicle
    Josef Yarney – HITC
    Ben Gibson – The Guardian
    Davide Santon – Tuttomercatoweb
    Jozo Simunovic – The Daily Mail
    Luca Caldirola – Sky Sports
    Mikael Nade – France Football
    Kieran Tierney – The Daily Star
    Brian Oviedo – Diez (HITC)
    Abdul Baba Rahman – The Mirror
    Eliaquim Mangala – The Daily Mail
    Peter Ankersen – InsideFutbol
    Ruben Semedo – A Bola
    Wes Morgan – The Sun on Sunday
    Nathan Ake – The Chronicle
    Kieran Gibbs – The Sun on Sunday
    Phil Barnsley – The Daily Mail
    Efe Ambrose – The Scottish Sun
    Andrew Robertson – Graeme Bailey
    Jeison Murillo – Gazzette dello sport
    Andrea Ranocchia – The Chronicle
    Miguel Layan – Sport Witness

    Midfield
    Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Sun
    William carvalho – A Bola
    Sam Clucas – The Guardian
    Fabian Delph – The Guardian
    Aaron Ramsey – HITC
    Jean Michael Seri – HITC
    James McCarthy – Telegraph
    Tom Cairney – Telegraph
    Oghenekaro Etebo – OwnGoalNigeria (HITC)
    Yaya Toure – The Sun
    Fernando – The Daily Mail
    Gabriel Pires – Marca
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – The Chronicle
    Ryad Boudedouz – Talksport
    Aaron Mooy – SBS The World Game
    Mehdi Abeid – L’Equipe
    Carles Aleñá – The Sun

    Winger
    Marcus Coco – Sun on Sunday
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Croydon Advertiser
    Bright Osayi-Samuel – HITC
    Frank Acheampong – HITC
    Moussa Sissoko – CalcioMercato
    Jay Rodriguez – The Chronicle
    Christian Atsu – Sky Sports
    Tom Ince – The Mirror
    Oghenekaro Etebo – A Bola
    Nicolas Pepe – L’Equipe
    Yann Karamoh – L’Equipe
    Andros Townsend – The Chronicle
    Clinton Mata – Foot Mercato
    Dion Pereira – Evening Standard
    Tom Lawrence – The Chronicle
    Seyi Ojo – The Chronicle
    Kamil Grosicki – Hull Daily Mail

    CF
    Willian Jose – Daily Star
    George Thomas – The Independent
    Andre Gray – The Chronicle
    Jamie Vardy – Ladbrokes News
    Jermaine Defoe – The Sun
    Tammy Abraham – Ladbrokes News
    Jay Rodriguez – Daily Mail
    Daniel Sturridge – The Guardian
    Jonathan Walters – The Telegraph
    Sandro Ramirez – SPORT
    Kasper Dollberg – HITC
    Arnel Jakupovic – The Daily Star
    Chris Wood – Yorkshire Evening Post
    Josh King – Northern Echo
    Mattia Destro – Football Italia
    Kelechi Ihenacho – The Chronicle
    Henry Onyekuru – Le Soir
    Ashley Barnes – ESPN
    Michy Batshuayi – HLN

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  • OneAlanShearer

    May 30, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d still want Grosicki if we get this lad. I’m not convinced he is what we need. Looks a bit lightweight to me.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 30, 2017 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Cos this one’s a blast from the past!

    “Offers? We have some but nothing very serious for him.”

    Tbf, it does sound like a Montpellier and Newcastle negotiation 🙂

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 30, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    OneAlanShearer- Boudebouz, Grosicki, Sandro Ramirez of Malaga and Townsend are the ones I really really want here. If we can get those in along with Carles Alena and Andre Gray we will have one hell of a team already. Add a couple of good defenders in there and we look to be sorted. All those are very possible transfers nothing over the top and well within our budget. I would love to see them all here.

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  • benjohnsen

    May 30, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    @LewSpi v2.0

    Impressive list you have summarized there. When is the last time we were actually linked with that many players in such a short time span by the press??? Bobby Robson days? We haven’t had such an attractive manager since then. Period!

    If you go to Portugal and your name is Alan Pardew, John Carver or Joe Kinnear who wants to sign??? No one. If your name is Rafa Benitez everyone has heard of you. Looking forward to this summer window. I think we can sign some great players.

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  • KevinLee

    May 30, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Too Old & No way for this kind of thin player, i just saw second Remy Cabella

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  • OneAlanShearer

    May 30, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Jp – sounds good to me.

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