Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Tete during the upcoming January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Tete’s season so far
The 22-year-old, who has been described as a “hurricane” on the pitch by his club’s Twitter admins, has been on loan with French outfit Lyon since March and has since made 24 appearances for them across all competitions.
Having scored seven goals and delivered eight assists during his time in France, the winger has shown how capable an attacking figure he is, leaving him with 38 club career goals to his name.
However, with the January transfer window approaching, Tete’s time in Ligue 1 could be coming to an end, with several English clubs eyeing a move for him.
The Latest: Tete offered to Newcastle
According to a report from 90min on Friday, Tete will be allowed to leave Lyon in January, with manager Laurent Blanc looking to take the club in a new direction.
The report adds that Newcastle, along with fellow Premier League sides Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, have been made aware that a potential loan deal with an option to purchase the Brazilian could be on the table next month.
Tete could actually have been playing in the English top flight already, with Southampton having reportedly come close to signing him for the summer transfer window before his move to Lyon.
The Verdict: Worth a shot
With five goals and two assists in 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season, Tete has racked up the highest rate of goals per shot on target (0.56) at Lyon and also boasts more goal-creating actions (seven) than any other player at the club.
This highlights how tricky an attacking figure he can be for opponents to handle and what he’d be able to offer at St James’ Park.
The Brazilian’s overall performances have earned him a season rating of 6.93/10 from WhoScored, making him the joint-third highest rated player currently at Lyon.
In our view, securing a loan deal for the winger until the end of the season would be a rather low-risk move for Newcastle to make, especially if he can help them to secure European football by the end of the campaign.