French publication L’Equipe say that we are holding talks with Lyon about signing striker Myziana Maolida.
The Ligue One side’s recruitment of Reo Griffiths from Tottenham is believed to have unsettled the French Under 19 international, and he is said to be keen on a switch to St James’ Park if he is given guarantees about first-team football.
Get French Football News believe the player could cost €10m (£9m), and when I asked fans whether the 19-year-old would be a good signing, the majority think he would be a good addition to the squad:
Although Maolida does have potential, it’s apparent that the club are unwilling to spend significant sums on established players, and are instead looking for “value” in terms of youngsters who may have a good sell-on value in the future.
Such an approach will certainly not help Rafa Benitez as he looks to build on last season’s tenth place finish.