Earlier this week, there was a report in L’Equipe that Newcastle were scouting Le Mans winger Stephane Diarra.
Diarra is a 20-year-old of dual Ivorian and French citizenship who just joined the Ligue 2 club this summer on a permanent deal for £440k. He spent the previous season on loan at Le Mans during their promotion campaign from the Championnat National, the third tier of French football.
The report in L’Equipe also states that both Leicester City and Celtic have been watching the youngster.
Sport Witness have published some comments from the club’s president, Thierry Gomez, about the interest in his star winger:
“For now, we haven’t received any offer. Stephane also knows where he comes from. If anything were to happen, it would be with our support.
“The subject isn’t relevant now. We’re entering a month that can bring up a lot of hope but also a lot of danger, so let’s stay focused on the next games, including the one against Caen on Friday night.”
We don’t think Newcastle will make a move on Diarra, who will turn 21 next month, during the winter window. He is more likely a player that they are watching and keeping tabs on.
While Le Mans bought Diarra for a small fee, Sport Witness reports that it could take as much as £8.6m to pry the youngster from the French club.
For that amount of money, we would suspect that Newcastle would like to take a long look at him and possibly hope to see him play in Ligue 1 before making a move for him.