A new name has been linked with a potential move to St James’ Park this morning – Bayern Munich midfielder Michaël Cuisance.
This comes via L’Equipe, who report that we are showing late interest in the Frenchman and are aiming to ‘make up ground’ on Leeds United after the Whites held ‘advanced talks’ with the 21-year-old last week.
The report insists that Biela’s side remain favourites for his signature, but insist that both ourselves and OGC Nice are making late pushes to hijack his proposed move to Elland Road.
Cuisance, a 6ft’ tall central midfielder, made nine appearances in the Bundesliga last season and came on as a substitute in Bayern’s 8-0 win over Schalke on the opening day – a game which saw him face up against former NUFC loan flop Nabil Bentaleb.
L’Equipe (via GFFN) claim that he’s now been given the first-team assurances he needs from Hansi Flick following talks, so will now be allowed to leave the German giants for a fee of around £18m.
If it was a loan deal I’d believe it, however I struggle to see us splashing out another hefty fee – and also struggle to see him picking Bruce over Bielsa if talk of our late interest is in fact genuine.
We shall see, but I’m not holding my breath here!