Steve Bruce isn’t slowing down in his bid to bolster his squad with Nice’s Wylan Cyprien the latest player to be targeted, according to The Daily Mail.
It is reported that the Magpies have made an enquiry to the French club about the availability of the midfielder, who is believed to be valued at £20m.
The deal may not be a straightforward one, however, as Tottenham have also emerged as a party of interest, though Bruce is expected to tell Mike Ashley that another big-money move is necessary.
The owner will reportedly visit the training ground for the first time since the summer, which indicates that there could be some transfer business conducted this month.
Newcastle would benefit from strengthening in multiple areas due to the injury crisis that has hit in recent weeks, but the addition of Cyprien may instead fit into Bruce’s philosophy of only bringing in the right players.
Jonjo Shelvey’s absence means there is a lack of creativity and attacking threat from midfield – despite Matty Longstaff’s goal against Rochdale – as the 27-year-old has provided five goals and 1.7 key passes per game, but the Frenchman would certainly help to solve that issue.
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For starters, the 24-year-old has eight goals and three assists in 21 appearances this season, more than Yohan Cabaye managed in any individual campaign during his spell on the north-east.
Compared to the former Magpie, Cyprien has also managed more key passes, more average passes per game and a higher pass accuracy this term, with 1.8, 63 and 88% respectively.
In 2013/14 – arguably Cabaye’s best season as he earned a move to PSG – he managed 1.7 key passes and 43 average passes per game, with a pass success rate of 82%.
Cyprien will have to adjust and make the step up to the Premier League but the indicators suggest he coulde even play a more influential role than Cabaye did – a player who was hugely popular at St. James’ Park, as evidenced by his inclusion in The Chronicle readers’ Newcastle team of the decade.
If the Nice number 25 makes the move to the north-east he could provide that attacking intent from midfield, as Shelvey has under Bruce, and that may just be the injection the team needs to move further away from the relegation zone.
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