An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their pursuit of Mali international Yves Bissouma…
According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies are set to hold talks with Brighton over a deal for the midfield gem as they look to bolster Eddie Howe’s options in the middle of the park.
The report claims that the Seagulls want £50m for him, which is causing fellow Premier League side Aston Villa to stumble in their efforts to land him.
Newcastle could get St. James’ Park rocking by sealing a £50m deal for Bissouma this month as it would be a gigantic sign of intent from PIF to show that they mean business.
Bringing Kieran Trippier back to England from Atletico was a fantastic first start, but the 31-year-old may not have had many more chances to get back to the Premier League. Snatching Chris Wood from a relegation rival was also a shrewd piece of business by the Magpies, weakening Burnley and potentially strengthening their own side.
However, Bissouma is different as he is heading towards the peak years of his career at 25 and is currently at a team who are a whopping 15 points ahead of Newcastle in the table.
This means that he would be downgrading significantly in the short-term in regards to the respective positions of the two sides during the best years of his career, which would show how much of a pull PIF can make the club.
Dale Stephens previously heaped praise on the midfielder and tipped him to improve in the future, saying:
“He’s got bundles of ability. He’s still a young boy and is still learning but I’m sure he’ll be a massive asset for this football club.
“He’s got the ability of perhaps a winger playing in central midfield with the way he can go past players. His feet are incredible and I’m sure he’s going to get better and better. He’s got everything you need to be a top player. It’s all about getting experience and minutes and I’m sure he’ll get that here.”
In the Premier League this season, the midfielder – once dubbed “top-class” by Ray Parlour – has averaged a superb SofaScore rating of 7.21. He has won 64% of his individual duels whilst making a whopping 5.5 tackles and interceptions per game in the division.
This shows the level of quality the beast could bring to the Newcastle team and that is another reason why St. James’ could start rocking with his arrival at the club. Therefore, the club must work hard to get a deal over the line to bring him to Tyneside before the end of the month.