Newcastle were reportedly keen on 21-year-old Saint Etienne midfielder Jonathan Bamba, who was born in France but is of Ivorian descent.
The 21-year-old has so far scored four goals with one assist in eight first-team games this season – so he’s been in good form.
There’s a report in Le 10 Sport that says Newcastle are keen to sign the player in the January transfer window and are hoping to get a good deal.
Signing him in January would be good business for the Magpies since his contract at Saint Etienne runs out next June, and he is currently refusing to sign a new deal.
Jonathan Bamba – Rafa keen on this player
That means he should be available for a low price in January, so the French club get something for him before he becomes a free agent next year.
He has been part of the Saint Etienne setup since was 11 years old when he joined them back in 2007, so the French club will be due some compensation for him when he leaves them.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is said to be a big fan of the young winger who is supposed to be interested to see what caliber of clubs come in for him in January.
Bamba has so far played for all the French Youth sides and 6 times with 2 goals for the French U21 side.
For the last couple of years, the 21-year-old has been on loan to Paris FC, Sint-Truiden and Angers to get some first team games.
He has played 23 times for Saint Etienne with 5 goals and 2 assists.
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