One of Newcastle’s plans in the winter window appears to be targeting players on expiring contracts. Over the weekend, a report claimed Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram had hit the shortlist.
The French international will have just six months left on his contract in January. He seems headed for the open market with Gladbach unable to tie down their star striker on a new deal.
Newcastle World has cited reports from France that Lyon attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar is still an option for Newcastle. The 24-year-old was initially linked soon after the summer window closed and like Thuram, seems destined to become a free agent at season’s end.
After a tumultuous summer in which Aouar was desperate to depart Lyon, he found himself frozen out by manager Peter Bosz. However, the former Leverkusen boss was sacked in October after a tepid start.
In came Laurent Blanc, who immediately placed his compatriot into his starting eleven. Aouar started the final six matches before the World Cup break scoring 1 goal. He has still yet to commit his future to the club he has spent his entire career with.
Newcastle are reportedly keeping their eyes on the talented midfielder. However, AC Milan are leading the chase and Lyon may decide to sell Aouar to the highest bidder in January rather than lose their Academy product for nothing.
His price tag in recent years was as high as £40m but he’ll be available for a fraction of that this winter. The talented Frenchman could be one to watch when the winter opens as he’ll fill a creative need on Tyneside.