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Mike Ashley has to splash out on Myziane Maolida before deadline day

Mike Ashley has to splash out on Myziane Maolida before deadline day

Deadline day is now a week away and Newcastle are still very much looking to conduct some business as the window counts down. 

Rafa Benitez has been given a very tight budget to work with this summer. As a result, the Magpies have brought a few new faces but for very little expenditure.

Primarily, Newcastle need a striker, especially now since the departure of Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham. According to reports, Newcastle are close to signing Japan international and Mainz forward, Yoshinori Muto but as of yet have not finalised the deal.

Although the striker is well-rated, Benitez still needs some more depth up front to help bolster the 39 goals the club scored last season. With that in mind, L’Equipe via Get French Football News is reporting that the club is interested in Lyon striker Myziane Maolida.

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Capable of playing across the front three positions, Maolida is a very talented striker who impressed at the recent UEFA Under-19 Championships.

The 19-year-old French striker is yet another talent to come from the famed Lyon academy and could be another star to have been created in the south of France.

While the youngster wouldn’t immediately start for the club up front, he could well take one of the spots on either wing.

Maolida made 13 appearances for Lyon in League 1 last season, and although he only scored one goal, given the added playing time and competition in the Premier League, he may just blossom into a top talent.

What do you think Newcastle fans? 

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