A number of the transfer stories involving Newcastle over the last week or two have fallen flat on their face.
Let’s hope this one will be successful.
Newcastle are reported to be leading the race to sign highly-rated 20-year-old Lyon forward Jean-Philippe Mateta, according to an exclusive in TEAMtalk.
He spent last season on loan at Le Havre where he scored an impressive 19 goals in 37 total appearances for the Ligue 2 club.
The 6ft 4ins tall winger made his debut for Lyon back in September 2016 against Montpellier, after he was signed from Ligue 2 club Chateauroux the previous summer.
While at Chateauroux he scored 11 goals in 21 games.
And the youngster is attracting the attention of several other Premier League clubs – such as West Ham, Leicester, and Everton.
20-year-old Lyon forward Jean-Philippe Mateta
He has played 3 times for the France U19 side and scored one goal.
Here’s a short piece from the Teamtalk exclusive:
“Mateta is understood to be keen on making the move (to Newcastle), and Newcastle are keen, but as are a number of rivals – with the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Everton also expressing an interest.”
These are the types of impressive young players Rafa wants to bring to Newcastle so they can eventually become first team players.
But Rafa will probably have Jean-Philippe in the first team squad for next season.
Let’s hope we can sign this talented player who turns 21 next week.