The January transfer window is still one month away but the background work has already begun as teams look to strengthen their sides. Newcastle are also trying to improve areas where they have lacked so far and are scouting the market for reinforcing the squad.
According to multiple reports emanating from England, Newcastle United are considering a move for Lyon star Houssem Aouar.
His contract at Lyon is set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
The midfielder has only one goal in six Ligue 1 games this season.
The 24-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in France. As a member of France national football team, Aouar won one cap.
There has been no movement on Aouar agreeing a contract extension at Lyon, and he will be on the radar of many English clubs during the winter.
Adding a midfielder remains Newcastle’s top priority this winter and Eddie Howe will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
The France international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of midfielder Howe wants to target in the winter transfer window.
The Magpies are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
There is no doubt that Aouar will take Newcastle’s midfield to a different level.
World Football Rumours
According to the report, “Newcastle are interested in Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. La Repubblica says Newcastle are a potential candidate for Aouar. The Frenchman is out of contract at Lyon at the end of the season, and although AC Milan are interested, the report adds that there are ‘no shortage of offers’ from England. The 24-year-old will be available for a cut-price deal in January, or is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a non-French club in the winter transfer window.”
The Magpies will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Houssem Aouar to join the club.
Lyon will not be able to demand a significant fee for Aouar since his current deal is set to expire in 2023.
Good signing for Newcastle United?
If Aouar is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Newcastle United.
A midfielder of Aouar’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Newcastle squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Eddie Howe’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his midfield department.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle can beat their rivals to the midfielder’s signature.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.