When Newcastle had scouts watch Lyon defeat Bordeaux 2-1 on Saturday, many outlets named Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as the player they were watching.
However, that seems like an improbable target for Newcastle. The 23-year-old is on the radar of some elite clubs with Chelsea reportedly very interested in bringing him in this month.
With a transfer fee likely to eclipse £40m, we just don’t see any way Dembele will end up at Newcastle.
The Daily Star has a report about the upcoming transfer meeting between Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley in which they name Dembele as a possible target.
Moussa Dembele– next stop Chelsea?
In the report, it says Dembele is a player that Steve Bruce would love to have. That criterion could be used for hundreds of players, it doesn’t mean much.
He’s well out of our price range and will likely join one of the Premier League’s big spenders this month.
Newcastle were probably looking at several players in Bordeaux on Saturday. They also won’t be scouting players just for this window but as part of the long-term plan to identify future targets.
There are quite a few on Saturday that fit our profile like Lyon winger Maxwel Cornet or midfielder Maxence Caqueret as well as Bordeaux’s Aurelien Tchouameni, who is a top prospect as just 19.
We do think Bruce is hoping Ashley will help get some targets over the line this month. This is what Bruce said about the owner according to the Daily Star:
“He just wanted to come in and see if he could give us a hand. He was very supportive in the summer so if he wants to come and have a cup of tea with me, fine.”
However, the more likely targets than Dembele are Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen, RB Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman, or one of the strikers we’ve been linked with like Le Havre’s Tino Kadawere or Genk’s Mbwana Samatta.