Newcastle United have been linked once more to French midfielder Morgan Sanson.
According to reports from L’Equipe (via the Chronicle), the Magpies join a host of Premier League teams in being interest in the central midfielder – and he will be available in the summer months, as per the report.
It is said that recently appointed Paul Aldridge – the former chief executive at West Ham United when the club controversially signed Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano – was recently appointed by Marseille to try and generate some interest in the players that could be available for a move to England.
Tyneside has been a popular destination for French footballers in the recent past, and the signing of Allan Saint-Maximin is hardly likely to put Steve Bruce and his recruitment team off the idea of buying from Ligue 1 again.
However, some doubts may have to be raised about the report, considering that the club has furloughed its recruitment team, including head of recruitment Steve Nickson.
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Resultingly, Lee Charnley is the man in charge, and it is said that he and Steve Bruce are now the points of call for any recruitment based correspondence.
Previous reports from Le10Sport have suggested that West Ham had a bid of £27.5m rejected int he January transfer window, implying that this could be an expensive signing if the club were to pull it off in the summer.
So far this campaign, Sanson has flourished while playing under Andre Villas-Boas, with Marseille having one of their best seasons in years as they sit second in the table.
As a box-to-box midfielder, Sanson has been able to contribute five goals and five assists in Ligue 1 this season from 27 games, proving the player’s attacking prowess.
Based on these stats, it’s no surprise why the club are interested in him, especially considering the club are lacking in the centre of park.