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Are Newcastle right to target Wylan Cyprien?

Newcastle have been linked with a number of players this month but so far it seems that nothing is coming to fruition.

Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien is rumoured to be on the Magpies radar in a reported £20m move, with the Daily Mail also suggesting that Tottenham are interested in the Frenchman.

Steve Bruce could be on the lookout for midfielders seeing as he lacks experience from his options in the centre of the pitch when Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey are unavailable, with the latter currently out injured.

Matty and Sean Longstaff both have less than 20 career league starts to their name which means the Magpies should be looking for reinforcements, particularly as they have only averaged 39% possession in the league this season.

However, the club is also in need of a forward as the club’s four strikers only have three goals between them, so Bruce may have some decisions to make with Moussa Dembele and Alfredo Morelos having been linked.

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With that under consideration, our team of Football Fancast writers have offered their opinions on whether the north-east outfit should make a move for Cyprien.

Lewis Blain

“Newcastle’s interest in Wylan Cyprien is quite baffling and ultimately epitomises the tactical nous of Steve Bruce. The Magpies have a wealth of riches in the central midfield position, Jonjo Shelvey along with the Longstaff brothers and Isaac Hayden is suitable for the time being. It is the scoring of goals that has been their thorn. Only three other teams in the Premier League have scored fewer than Newcastle’s 21 – it’ll only take one weekend for that to flip.

“Joelinton has been nothing short of a flop with just a solitary league strike to his name while the rest of the attacking department makes for disgusting reading. Miguel Almiron has two in the league, Andy Carroll is yet to score and Dwight Gayle just cannot buy an opportunity – he is also expected to leave the club this month if reports are to be believed.

“£20m combined with anything they garner from departures should go towards finding a goalscorer, failure to do so is likely going to cost Bruce his job, and lets face it Mike Ashley’s history with appointing managers has been nothing short of a farce.”

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Harry Sherlock

“Newcastle, clearly, can’t really be trusted to spend massive fees – they dropped £40m on Joelinton and, well, that hasn’t exactly worked out.

“His problems mean that bringing in another striker has to be a priority, not spending £20m on a midfield that, actually, appears relatively settled.

“Midfielders don’t keep clubs in the Premier League; strikers do.

“Joelinton, though, isn’t the player to do it; he has just one Premier League goal to his name and spending the money on a player like Morelos or Dembele would be the sensible option.

“Both other players have better striking records – Morelos has 28 goals in all competitions this season while Dembele has 14.

“Of course, there is no guarantee they will adapt instantly to life in the Premier League but if the money is there, it needs to be spent on a new striker, regardless of how good Cyprien may be.”

Charles Jones

“I’d be very wary of signing any midfielders from Ligue 1 if I was Newcastle.

“Their track record of signing players from France hasn’t been too great as of late as the likes of Remy Cabella, Henri Saivet, and Florian Thauvin have all flopped at St James’ Park.

“It’s not only a trend for players at Newcastle as we’ve seen others from Ligue 1 come in and make little impact including Andre Zambo Anguissa and Cyprien’s old Nice teammate Jean Michael Seri.

“£20m could land them a great striker which they’re desperately in need of, rather than adding to a position that is already strong.”

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Billy Meyers

“I just don’t think Newcastle should be spending this amount of money on unknown quantities anymore.

“Despite his recent run of four goals in seven games, Miguel Almiron was relatively unheard of before his £20m move to St James’ Park, and he has largely failed to make an impact despite the aforementioned good form of late.

“Another of the Magpies’ marquee signings was Joelinton, who cost a staggering £40m and has only managed to muster up one Premier League goal so far this season.

“If I were Steve Bruce or Mike Ashley, I would prefer to aim my focus on helping my £60m duo settle and find their feet on a consistent basis first, before splashing out another significant sum on a player who brings no guarantee of success.”

Meanwhile, Bruce may have expanded his search for a new player by looking abroad at a young player with a lot of potential.

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