Rafael Benitez’s desire for an influx of new signings at Newcastle United before the end of the month will not have been sated by a frustrating opening day defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park.
Injuries to Paul Dummett and debutant Florian Lejeune leave The Magpies light at the back while the suspension facing Jonjo Shelvey, who was given a straight red for a foolish stamp on Dele Alli, will rule him out for the next three games.
However, it’s the wing that the club could look to strengthen next. According to L’Equipe, Newcastle and Premier League rivals Crystal Palace both sent scouts to watch St Etienne winger Jonathan Bamba last weekend as he netted the winner against Nice in the first weekend of the new Ligue 1 season.
Newcastle have been linked with the 21-year-old all summer long while Palace, who The Mirror claims may sell wideman Andros Townsend amid interest from Leicester City, are newcomers to the chase.
Frenchman Bamba, who followed up his Nice matchwinner with the decisive assist in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Caen, spend last season on loan at Angers and scored three times in 16 Ligue 1 appearances.
However, despite his limited game time, Bamba obviously did enough to catch the eye of two Premier League clubs who have not been as active in the market as they’d have liked to have been this summer.
Bamba, a natural right sider who can also play through the middle, would likely be seen as a direct replacement for Townsend at Palace while he would have to compete with Matt Ritchie at Newcastle.