Five facts about reported Newcastle target Jordan Veretout

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Reportedly being lined up as a replacement for Moussa Sissoko, here's everything Toon fans should know about Nantes' Jordan Veretout.

With the Chronicle reporting that Newcastle United could be taking a closer look at Nantes' star Jordan Veretout, we decided to give you the lowdown on the French youngster.

Here are five things you should know about the Toon's potential new target.

  1. He's a one club man

    Despite being just 21 years old, Veretout has played some 116 games for Nantes, having risen through the ranks of Les Canaris after joining the French club at the tender age of 10 back in 2003, making his debut in Ligue 2 back in May 2011.

  2. He's from good Ligue 1 stock

    A product of the Nantes youth academy, he looks on course to follow notable academy graduates like Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Christian Karembeu and Claude Makelele with a move to the Premier League.

  3. He's already impressing for France

    Veretout has played for France at four different levels of youth football, with his Les Bleus highlight coming at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey back in 2013, where the midfielder was instrumental in helping the national side win the tournament.

    Playing in a team alongside Paul Pogba, Yaya Sanogo and Kurt Zouma among others, Veretout featured in every game for France en route to the final, scoring in a 4-1 victory over the hosts and taking a spot-kick against Uruguay in the final's shootout.

  4. He's not your average midfielder

    Despite previously being labelled a defensive midfielder, Veretout is actually capable of playing in either a central or more attack-focused role, making him the kind of versatile box-to-box midfielder Newcastle would need in order to replace Sissoko.

    A fine tackler with an eye for the occasional killer pass, Veretout can also weigh in with the odd goal and has already scored six times in Ligue 1 this term as well as assisting with a further three.

  5. He could be available on the cheap

    When Veretout recently announced that he had signed a two-year contract extension with Les Canaris the news sparked rumours in the Mirror that the new deal contained a release clause allowing the midfielder to leave for just £4 million.

    Newcastle could yet face stiff competition for the player though with the likes of Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid also interested, according to the same report in the Mirror.

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