Newcastle were first linked with 25 year-old Saint-Etienne defender Kevin Malcuit back in early April, when there were reports coming out of France that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez was keen on the right-footed defender.
And there’s some news today that Newcastle are still interested but that Lille have put in a bid of around €7M (£6M) for the Frenchman, but that is unlikely to persuade him to move.
But the player has already expressed a wish to play in the Premier League in England and it’s unlikely he will want to remain in France if he leaves Saint-Etienne this summer.
25 year-old Saint-Etienne defender Kevin Malcuit
West Ham tried to sign the player during the January transfer window but were unsuccessful – but it’s likely that Rafa can get the player in with a decent deal of say around £7M – and he would be worth that in today’s ridiculous transfer market of high prices.
Malcuit is a good player with reports that Jose Mourinho could even we ready to make an offer for the player, who joined Saint-Etienne two years ago from Chamois Niortaisare.
While he generally plays as a right-back he has also played as a winger and even as a striker, so he is quite versatile, but we expect the full-back position is where Rafa will play him at Newcastle.
Malcuit was born in Châtenay-Malabry, a suburb of Paris and he started his career at Monaco and has now played 46 times with 5 assists for Saint-Etienne.
Rafa Benitez is hoping to bring in two full backs this summer to challenge DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett for the starting full-back positions next season.
We know Newcastle are trying to get a few good deals done, so this player would look like a very decent signing if we can get him through the door for around £7M.
What do you think?