Newcastle United have reportedly made an approach to sign Gael Kakuta in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Kakuta a forgotten man
Some members of the St. James’ Park faithful may be familiar with the name Kakuta given that he was a youngster on the books with Chelsea, and even managed to win a Premier League title and FA Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge (Transfermarkt).
Should Newcastle sign Kakuta?
Kakuta, now 29 years of age, has progressed a lot since then, and is currently doing very well in Ligue 1 for RC Lens, with no fewer than 11 goals and a further five assists in 33 games in total so far over the course of the 2020/21 term (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Newcastle make Kakuta approach
As per Foot Mercato, the Tyneside club have made an approach to bring the DR Congo international to the North East.
This deal would be done in the summer, once his time in Lens ends after a loan spell at the French side from Amiens SC.
The Verdict: Newcastle should be wary over Kakuta
The Magpies should not be looking to jump the gun in order to sign Kakuta, despite his impressive record in France this season – Steve Bruce’s team should be wary over how it did not quite work out in English football for him as a young prospect in London.
That’s not to say they should completely rule out a transfer, depending on the fee being demanded, Kakuta could be a shrewd addition to his squad, and may be someone to keep an eye on when the market officially opens.
However, we feel there are better options out there, perhaps at a younger age with more room to grow.
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