According to reports by French news outlets Foot Mercato and L’Equipe, via Get French Football News, Newcastle United could be interested in doing a deal for Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien if the Ligue 1 club’s negotiations with Bordeaux fall flat, with the player currently valued at around £9.2m.
This comes after Cyprien’s reported price drop, which was around £18.3m when the transfer window began but has now been slashed to around half that amount, with Newcastle tipped to register their interest alongside Hellas Verona and Strasbourg.
Starting 20 games for Nice last term before the Ligue 1 season’s untimely cancellation due to the global pandemic, the Frenchman averaged an impressive 2.9 shots per game from midfield, even more than his former attacking teammate Allan Saint-Maximin managed for Newcastle in the Premier League (WhoScored).
Should Newcastle snap up Cyprien for £9.2m?
Yes, get it done
No, more important targets
As well as this, the 25-year-old managed to successfully complete 87.6% of his passes to teammates, and Nice are eager to offload the box-to-box ace before he is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club which would allow him to leave for free.
This could be why his price tag has dropped to a meagre £9.2m, potentially gifting Newcastle and Steve Bruce a chance to swoop in ahead of Bordeaux, who are currently in talks.
A natural passing midfielder who can seemingly glide across the pitch, Cyprien could be an alternative creative outlet to Miguel Almiron through the middle, especially when going off his shots per game ratio and the threat he carries going forward.
Whether or not Newcastle lodge an official bid remains to be seen, but he could definitely be one to consider.
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