Marseille confirm deal for Lucas Ocampos despite reports of late Newcastle interest

Marseille have reach an agreement to sign Lucas Ocampos this summer.

Marseille have confirmed on their official website that they have agreed to sign Monaco winger Lucas Ocampos on a permanent basis.

Ocampos, 20, came up through the ranks at River Plate in his native Argentina, before moving on to Monaco in the summer of 2012.

In January, Ocampos joined Ligue 1 rivals Marseille on loan until the end of the season, and Marseille have now confirmed on their official website that Ocampos has now signed a permanent deal with the club.

Marseille clearly moved quickly to land Ocampos permanently today, after reports from Tutto Mercato Web suggested that Newcastle were lining up a late move to steal him away from under Marseille's nose.

The Magpies will now have to turn their attentions to other transfer targets, with Steve McClaren clearly in need of reinforcements in the final third this summer.

Ocamps - what are Newcastle missing out on?

A wide man who relies more on skill and trickery than speed, Ocampos can make a real impact in the final third both as a creative player and as a goal threat.

It's no surprise that Newcastle would consider a move for Ocampos, and possibly gives an insight into the kind of players Steve McClaren is looking for this summer.

Clever, technical players with potential to become even better in the future should be on Newcastle's agenda this summer, and whilst they appear to have missed out on Ocampos, similar targets are bound to be in McClaren's mind.

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