According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle had scouts in Bordeaux yesterday watching Lyon’s 2-1 win over Les Girondins.
The report states that Newcastle were there to watch former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele who scored his 14th goal of the campaign in the match.
However, with a reported £43m price tag and interest from both Manchester clubs, we have our doubts that Newcastle could land the Frenchman.
Dembele joined Lyon in 2018 from Celtic for a fee close to £20m. The 23-year-old has scored 33 goals in 73 appearances for the Ligue 1 club. Dembele was very impressive for Celtic as well, scoring 51 times in 98 appearances while adding 18 assists.
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The report also states that Lyon will look to either Le Havre’s Tino Kadawere or Villareal’s Karl Toko Ekambi should Dembele leave this month. Both Kadawere and Toko Ekambi have been linked to Newcastle recently.
Another player that Newcastle may have been watching is right-back Youssouf Sabaly who we were linked to this summer before Emil Krafth came in. The 26-year-old has recently returned from knee surgery and played 54 minutes yesterday. He reportedly is available for €15m.
Bordeaux are in conversations with a number of English sides – namely Southampton, Brighton & Crystal Palace – for a deal to offload full-back Youssouf Sabaly for €15m https://t.co/BKQ8pXq1d9
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) January 9, 2020
There were a few other players who fit Newcastle’s profile playing yesterday. Ivorian winger Maxwel Cornet is a client of the ROGON agency, who also represent Joelinton. Cornet scored Lyon’s first goal in the game. He seems like a player that Newcastle would court at just 23 years old.
There’s also a trio of young French midfielders that started the match. Lyon’s Maxence Caqueret is a 19-year-old with a bright future who was handed just his fourth start.
Houssem Aouar is an attacking midfielder who is a French U21 international but will likely end up at one of Europe’s elite clubs.
Another youngster who started the game was Bordeaux’s Aurelien Tchouameni. He’s a defensive midfielder who is just 19-years-old and has started 16 games for Bordeaux this season.
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