Get French Football are reporting on L’Equipe’s report today that Newcastle want to sign 19-year-old striker Myziane Maolida of Lyon.
Maolida made his debut for Lyon last season, and the 5ft 11ins tall forward played 22 times with 3 goals for Lyon in all competitions.
The youngster has played for all the French Youth Sides through U19 level, and at the U19 level, he scored 9 goals in 19 appearances.
He started his career at AC Boulogne-Billancourt and then moved to Lyon four years ago and has come through their Youth Academy.
Rafa wants to sign 19-year-old striker Myziane Maolida of Lyon
According to L’Equipe Newcastle are currently in negotiations with Lyon to bring the teenager to Newcastle where he will be part of the first team squad.
The player wants first-team playing time at whatever club he goes to, so if Rafa signs him, he must be ready to play in the Magpies first team.
Rafa Benitez did try to sign him in the January transfer window but was turned down.
At the time Rafa wanted to boost the goalscoring prowess at Newcastle – so it looks like the manager rates the teenager.
Here’s a tweet from Get French Football as reported today in the Chronicle.
Very exciting player, could be an excellent purchase for Newcastle if they are able to negotiate a deal with President @JM_Aulas – youngster would require an inclusion in the 1st team set-up for the deal to happen.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 2, 2018
We would think he’ll be one for the future at Newcastle but of course, we need players who can score goals for us next season.
Whether this lad can have that kind of impact may be debatable.
His contract at Lyon still has four years to run.
Wonder if the teenager is a replacement for Salomon Rondon whose £16.5M release clause ran out at the end of July in his West Brom contract.
Back in January Lyon rated Maolida at £4M and aso he could be attractive to the Newcastle hierarchy becasue it’s less than £16.5M.
What do you think?