Newcastle United are reportedly planning a bid for Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien, according to the Daily Star.
The dynamic midfielder joined Nice for a fee of around £4.25 million at the start of this season, and has been integral to Nice’s shock title challenge this season.
Running the midfield alongside Jean Seri, Cyprien has netted 8 times from the centre of the park in 29 games, and has also notched 3 assists, and has earned attention from several top clubs in Europe.
Newcastle have sent scouts to watch the midfielder this season, as have Arsenal, and with their considerable financial resources, the Magpies should be able to compete to snap up the 22-year-old.
Likened to PSG midfielder Adrian Rabiot, the French playmaker has helped push Nice up to 2nd in the Ligue 1 table, only behind Europe’s top scorers Monaco.
The premise of playing regular Premier League football on Tyneside would be an attractive proposition for Cyprien, and if Benitez could link him up with Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame then Newcastle could have one of the most effective midfield partnerships in the league next year.
The 3-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday exposed Newcastle’s defensive frailties, but also their inability to carve through opposition defences when teams sit back and hold possession, a problem also encountered in the 0-0 draw with Reading.
Bringing in Cyprien would add an extra drive to the midfield that Newcastle don’t currently have, and could be the difference between survival and relegation next season in the Premier League, assuming they gain promotion.