Rangers and Celtic may have been linked with Thomas Robert, but Newcastle United are weighing up a deal for him according to the Daily Mail.
It’s claimed that the Magpies are one of a number of clubs pursuing Robert, and they have a rather emotional reason to do so.
Robert’s father Laurent was a fan favourite as a Newcastle player, having smashed 32 goals in 181 appearances for the club.
Signing his son would be another heartfelt move, after the Magpies re-signed Newcastle-born stopper Mark Gillespie, more than 10 years since he left the club.
19-year-old Robert is attracting interest from other clubs in England having turned down a three-year deal with Montpellier ahead of his contract ending this summer.
Winger Robert is looking for first-team football, and is believed to be open to joining a team in the UK.
Rangers and Celtic both want Robert based on his UEFA Youth League displays according to The Chronicle, but Newcastle could have an upper hand due to Robert’s familial ties.
Agent Mark McKay has commented on the situation, stating that there are ‘several offers’ on the table in the UK as well as in France and Germany, but first-team football will be the key factor for the French teenager.
“We have several offers from clubs in France, Germany and the UK, but Thomas wants to be playing regular first-team football wherever he ends up going,” said McKay.
“He refused Montpellier’s offer of a new deal as he wants to be playing first-team football and he sees that as key to his long-term development at this stage of his career,” he added.