According to The Chronicle, Steve Nickson has ‘done much of the groundwork’ on a deal for Nice playmaker Arnaud Lusamba ahead of a potential deal.

It’s claimed that Lusamba is one of two signings Newcastle could make regardless of whether or not their takeover materialises, alongside Roma striker Patrik Schick.

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Whilst Schick would cost north of £20million, Lusamba is a different case. The midfielder’s Nice contract expires later this month, and he isn’t extending his stay.

Lusamba will therefore be available for free, and it’s stated that chief scout Nickson has laid the groundwork for a deal to go through.

The 23-year-old played 15 times for Nice this season, notching one goal and two assists. As he is available on a free transfer, Newcastle don’t need their takeover to go through.

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Having played a squad role at Nice, Lusamba would likely be in a similar situation at Newcastle. He is more of a forward-thinking midfielder than a defensive one, and can add valuable depth at St James’ Park.

Newcastle likely feel that Lusamba has potential at just 23, and is worth a punt on a free transfer. He may not be a big name, but it seems that the Magpies are very keen to add him – and appear to be some way down the line with a deal.

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