A fortnight ago, The Chronicle confirmed that Newcastle United’s recruitment team have been ‘in talks’ to sign OGC Nice midfielder Arnaud Lusamba.
A few weeks on, the Ligue 1 club have today confirmed that the 23-year-old has left after failing to agree a new contract at the Allianz Riviera – meaning he’s now available to sign on a free agent.
While the vast majority of recent transfer rumours should be taken with a huge pinch of salt (if not ignored!) given the uncertainty surrounding a potential takeover, Lee Ryder has insisted that this is a deal that the club have been pursuing – irrespective of a potential £300m Saudi buyout.
Add to this the fact Matty Longstaff’s future looks increasingly likely to be away from Tyneside, with him yet to agree on a new contract and being tipped to sign for Udinese instead at the end of the month, it makes you wonder if Lusamba could soon arrive as his midfield replacement?
Lusamba will have interest from elsewhere and we may make a late move to keep Matty on Tyneside, but this certainly seems like one to watch.
Losing one of our brightest Academy products for a talented yet unproven French import would be very Newcastle United under Mike Ashley, but, should my theory come true, let’s hope this is the last act of the current regime.