In Focus: Newcastle eye French winger Grandsir

According to Le10Sport, Newcastle United are interested in signing Troyes attacker Samuel Grandsir in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still unsure what type of budget he will have in next month’s winter window, but it is understood that the Spaniard is hoping to be able to sign a couple of players at the start of 2018.

The Magpies need some fresh blood after going stale in recent weeks, and it would be fair to say that the club could do with a fresh impetus in the final third of the field.

According to Le10Sport, Newcastle are interested in signing Troyes attacker Grandsir, who helped his French club gain promotion to Ligue 1 during the 2016-17 campaign.

This season, the 21-year-old, who is valued at £1.4m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has scored twice and registered four assists in 17 Ligue 1 appearances.

How likely is the move to occur?

Well, according to Le10Sport, Troyes are adamant that they will not sell Grandsir at the mid-point of the season.

However, the same report claims that the French outfit are simply playing hard ball as they know that there is a host of interest in the attacker.

Bournemouth have also been credited with an interest, although it is understood that Newcastle are prepared to make a significant offer in order to secure a deal next month.

Newcastle’s transfer plans have been thrown into doubt due to the fact that it is still unclear whether Mike Ashley will be in charge when the January window opens for business.

Benitez has a number of targets in mind, but the Spaniard might yet be frustrated due to the uncertainty surrounding ownership.

Grandsir has certainly shown his potential in Ligue 1 this season, and it will be very interesting to see whether talk of interest from Newcastle sparks a bidding war next month.