Newcastle United may finally bring Stephy Mavididi to Tyneside in January, as the Toon are weighing up a bid to beat Brighton and Crystal Palace to the Montpellier forward’s transfer.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who report the Premier League rivals are exploring deals for the 23-year-old. Mavididi has been in sensational form in Ligue 1 this term to earn rave reviews. Now, the Toon, Seagulls and Eagles see him as an option to bolster their attacks.
Newcastle and Brighton boast two of the English top-flight’s most goal shy frontlines this season. Only Norwich (8), Wolves (14) and Burnley (16) have scored less than the Magpies (19) and Amex Stadium natives (20). Palace will hope Brighton stay quiet on Friday night.
Mavididi, though, has six goals and three assists over 18 appearances, starting 17, in the French top-flight this season. He has also made 14 of his starts on Montpellier’s left-wing.
The Derby-born former Arsenal prospect began to hone his trade on the flank after moving to France in 2019. Mavididi made 24 appearances, scoring five goals, for Dijon on loan from Juventus in the 2019/20 term. He then joined Montpellier for €6.5m (£5m) in the summer.
Newcastle had explored a transfer for Mavididi before he joined Dijon on loan, per 90min. The Toon, Southampton, Burnley and Aston Villa all lodged enquiries into his availability at the time. Derby, Fulham and Middlesbrough also considered loaning him from Juventus.
Newcastle to finally seal Mavididi transfer with Montpellier raid?
Newcastle may now finally seal a transfer for Mavididi should Eddie Howe raid Montpellier to rival Brighton and Crystal Palace. The ex-England U20 forward’s brother, Shaun, is also already on the books at St James’ Park in their U18s squad.
But Montpellier are seeking to make profit on their investment, with the Mosson Stadium natives demanding a fee of circa-£15m. He would, however, count towards the Magpies, Seagulls or Eagles’ homegrown quotas following his seven-years in Arsenal’s academy.
Mavididi joined the Gunners’ youth set-up from Southend in 2011 before leaving in 2018 to sign for Juventus. But he never made a first-team appearance for the north Londoners, and only featured once for 21-minutes with the Bianconeri.