Newcastle have sent scouts to watch French club Lyon.
As confirmed by the Chronicle, Newcastle have sent scouts to watch Ligue 1 outfit Lyon in action ahead of the January transfer window.
Steve McClaren is keen to strengthen his playing squad over the winter, and will look towards the transfer market to ensure he can bring in players of the correct calibre and fit for the Magpies.
With the knowledge of this scouting mission, we take a look at three potential Lyon players that Newcastle could attempt to sign.
A defender who would fix the two main issues in Newcastle’s back-line, 21-year-old Umtiti is extremely highly rated in France. A French Under-21 international, he has played 143 times for the club already, despite his youth, and has been one of Lyon’s best performing players this term. Newcastle proved with the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum that they can still draw big players to Tyneside, and Umtiti would follow that path. Able to play at centre-back and left-back, he would immediately become first-choice for either of those positions at St James’ Park.
Another Lyon youth product, and French Under-21 international Tolisso has established himself as a key part of OL’s midfield. 79 appearances have brought nine goals, but it is the youngster’s work rate and defensive skills which truly stand out. Sitting in midfield, the 21-year-old has averaged 2.5 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game, and his midfield presence would galvanise Newcastle’s ailing team.
The most unlikely signing, but a player actually linked with the Magpies, Lacazette is the prolific striker the club so desperately need. The 24-year-old has struggled this season, with just one goal in six games, but he scored 31 times in just 40 games last season, taking his career tally with Lyon to 70 strikes in 195 appearances since graduating from their youth academy. A fine player in the final third, Newcastle would love a prolific striker such as Lacazette in their first-team set-up.