It has been reported often over the past few months of Steve Bruce’s desire to bring in a box to box type midfielder either this month or in the summer.
There have been links to quite a few players who fit that description – Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, Strasbourg’s Ibrahima Sissoko, and Spartak Moscow’s Alex Kral.
The Athletic did a report recently that named those three players along with two Lille midfielders as being on Newcastle’s radar. Both Thiago Maia and Boubakary Soumare were cited as players who Newcastle were interested in.
Boubakary Soumare is a 20-year-old midfielder often compared to his compatriot Paul Pogba. However, he is linked with some of the Premier League’s elite clubs with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham chasing the French U21 international.
Boubakary Soumare– Newcastle aiming for the sky?
Sport Witness have cited French outlet L’Equipe that Newcastle have made an offer for the former PSG Academy product along with Tottenham and Wolves.
However, the player has no intention of leaving Lille this month. This is what Soumare had to say about a winter departure:
“I don’t see myself leaving. I feel good here. I’m learning, we have high goals, like the Champions League. A departure is not on the agenda.”
The report does not detail how much Newcastle offered, but it was likely not the €50m that it would take for Lille to seriously consider selling their young star.
While Soumare will likely end up at one of the Premier League’s big spenders at some point in the next few years, it doesn’t hurt for Newcastle to sound out the player and make initial contact.
He seems determined to stay at Lille for the time being and not rush into any decisions about his future. Soumare added:
“I have a very clear idea of where I want to go in my career. I know where I am today. And that suits me.”
We doubt his ‘clear idea’ of his future involves Newcastle, but you never know unless you ask.
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