In Focus: Newcastle and Southampton won’t fear Huddersfield interest in Coco

According to reports in The Sun, Huddersfield Town have joined Premier League rivals Southampton and Newcastle United in the race to sign Guingamp attacker Marcis Coco.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that the 21-year-old winger – who can also play as a full-back – was Magpies manager Rafa Benitez’s top transfer target this summer, but he now faces competition for his signature from Saints and the Terriers.

Coco has impressed for the Ligue 1 outfit since breaking into the first team two years ago and The Sun says that Huddersfield boss David Wagner wants him as he looks to lead the side to Premier League safety next term, while Southampton are also said to be lining up a bid for the France Under-21 international.

The report adds that while the wide-man has three years left on his Guingamp contract, he would be allowed to leave for the right fee during the current transfer window.

How well did Coco do last season?

He did very well.

The 21-year-old scored four goals and provided a further three assists in 34 Ligue 1 appearances as Guingamp secured a top-half finish.

The majority of his outings last term came from the left wing, but the fact that he can play on either flank will make him an attractive proposition for his Premier League suitors.

While he is far from the finished article, Coco loves to dribble and he showed his potential by successfully completing 44 take-ons in those 34 French top flight outings.

Would he be a good signing for the trio?

He certainly could be, yes.

While he would probably need some time to adjust to Premier League football, the 21-year-old has certainly shown that he can be a threat and an influence on the pitch, and newly-promoted duo Newcastle and Huddersfield in particular may be calling out for a player that can make the difference next season.

However, Southampton may also need an attacking boost after scoring just 41 games in their 38 top flight games last term, and Coco would likely get a good run in the side at St Mary’s if he impressed with Saints not afraid to blood younger players in the first team.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Huddersfield may have joined the race for Coco but if Newcastle and Southampton really want the winger, they will believe that they can beat the Terriers to his signature.