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Exclusive: Impressive Young Forward Keen To Join Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

81 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #81

    VAR is just adding insult to injury. Play back the first Kane incident the referee is watching it, he’s even walking towards it. The whole point of VAR was to pick up cheating, diving, fouls and other such misdemeanours wasn’t it? And ASSIST the referee in making a fair judgement? It won’t work if the human oversight still has the ridiculous latitude to determine if it’s to be used or not, that’s just a whitewash to say that it’s still the province of biased or corrupt officials to choose to ignore it.

    I was all for VAR as a modern and fair advancement in the game. Yesterday proved to me exactly why it is no more than a very expensive smokescreen. A waste of time. Some team is going to come unstuck with this one, however I’m sure it won’t be the Russians. 😉


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