Newcastle United might have been handed an indirect boost in their attempts to sign Montpellier striker Gaetan Laborde.
The player’s agent has told French newspaper L’Equipe that the Ligue 1 outfit accepting a bid isn’t beyond the realms of reality.
West Ham are also thought to be keen on the talisman ahead of the January transfer window.
Montpellier signed Laborde from Bordeaux in 2018 for just £2 million. They are keen to recoup £11 million for his services and make a significant profit.
Now, it seems as though his agent has swung open the door for Newcastle; conceding his current club could be open to a sale.
He told L’Equipe: “If there is a concrete and satisfactory offer for both parties, we will sit around the table.
“The president’s deep wish is not to sell Gaetan now, but the current situation is very particular. The president knows how to manage his club. If there is a good offer, he will be attentive.”
Laborde has scored three goals and registered five assists during 2020/21, with Montpellier sat sixth in the league.
Would Laborde be a decent Newcastle signing?
As an overseas signing you have to say that they jury would be out until he had played a handful of matches.
His goalscoring record is hardly off the wall but there is evidence that his game is about bringing other players into games.
He has five assists to his name this season and last season registered six.
In 84 games for Montpellier he has scored 21 goals and at Bordeaux bagged 19 in 71 outings.
It’s fair to say Newcastle could benefit from some more goals in their team though.
The Magpies have scored 12 times during their first 10 Premier League matches, with Callum Wilson notching seven of them.
Joelinton, Jeff Hendrick, Allan Saint-Maximin and Jacob Murphy all have one apiece to their name.
With that in mind, another player to take the burden away from Wilson could be ideal when the January window reopens.
Whether that someone is Laborde remains to be seen.