Newcastle United only completed their capture of Ludwig Francillette after moving to usurp interest shown by Rangers, according to L’Equipe.
The Gers are claimed to have expressed an interest in signing the 20-year-old, but missed out as a result of his move to St. James’ Park, where he has taken up a role in the Magpies’ Under 23s.
Newcastle announced the deal for Francillette to join the North East outfit shortly after the closing of the transfer window for Premier League and Championship sides, having secured the youngster’s services following a spell with Dijon.
The 20-year-old has also represented Guadeloupe internationally at youth level, but is yet to make his first appearance in black and white after injury sidelined him for Neil Redfearn’s last two U23s encounters (Chronicle).
L’Equipe have now revealed that Newcastle completed the deal only after being informed by scout Guy Ipoua that they must act quickly, as Rangers were said to be on the case for his signature and keen to conclude a transfer.
It is hard to say if Newcastle have got the better of Rangers in this deal until Francillette plays his first few matches for the Magpies, at least at Under-23s level.
The 20-year-old is very much an unknown quantity, and does not have either a Wikipedia page nor a TransferMarkt page.
What is known about him is that he had a trial spell with St Mirren this summer, but failed to secure a deal with the Scottish Premiership side (also alluded to by Chronicle), which is arguably a worrying sign in regards to the level he is currently at.
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