Newcastle United are now targeting Brighton winger Leandro Trossard, according to The Daily Mail‘s Simon Jones.
Valued at £15.3m by Transfermarkt, the 27-year-old is out of contract in just over 14 months’ time.
Jones wrote in The Daily Mail that Newcastle are expected to sell Allan Saint-Maximin this summer and reinvest the funds in a replacement winger.
Trossard is one of the players they have identified as a potential successor to the Frenchman, with extensive scouting reports currently being compiled.
Encouragingly for Newcastle, the Belgian is apparently keen to leave the Amex Stadium come the end of the season.
If Newcastle were offered £60m for Saint-Maximin, should they sell?
Trossard would be a good successor to Saint-Maximin at Newcastle.
His tally of five goals this season may not be spectacular, but it’s worth stressing that Brighton are a low-scoring team. Indeed, only Burnley and Norwich City have netted fewer goals the Seagulls in the Premier League this term.
Furthermore, it matches the tally of Saint-Maximin at St James’ Park.
Newcastle know first-hand how good the 27-year-old can be after his man-of-the-match display in the 1-1 draw between the two teams at the Amex Stadium in November.
In addition to converting a penalty (which he won himself), Trossard created three chances, completed four out of five long passes and drew four fouls, earning him a SofaScore rating of 8.2/10.
If he’s good enough for Shearer, that’s a fairly strong endorsement in our book.
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