Newcastle United target Yves Bissouma is reportedly set to join Tottenham.
That’s according to the Times, who claim Brighton will receive £25million for the midfielder. He will reportedly sign a five-year deal, and is set to undergo a medical on Thursday.
It’s quite the coup for Tottenham, who have had a busy start to the summer. Bissouma is set to be their third signing after Ivan Perisic and former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
However, it’s also a blow for Newcastle, who had been linked with a move for the 25-year-old.
Yves Bissouma has been linked with Newcastle
Bissouma has been a target for the Toon throughout 2022. He was linked in January, but a move failed to materialise. Newcastle went for Bruno Guimaraes instead – a decision they certainly don’t regret.
But rumours of Bissouma to Newcastle refused to go away. The Daily Mail stated in March that the Magpies were still considering a move for the Mali international.
Brighton certainly expected Newcastle to move for their player. The Daily Mail claimed last month that the Seagulls were prepared for Newcastle and Aston Villa to push for the former Lille ace.
Instead it’s Tottenham who appear to have won the race for his signature.
He could’ve been a good signing for Eddie Howe
Bissouma may well go down as a player Newcastle have missed out on.
Our priorities currently lie elsewhere, as the Toon look to complete deals for Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman.
However, we have been linked with signing a new centre-midfielder, and may see Bissouma joining Spurs as a missed opportunity.
He’s somewhat cheap at £25million – in relative terms to other asking prices being thrown around this summer. In contrast, we’ve been quoted £50million and £60million for Ivan Toney and Dominic Calvert-Lewin respectively.
Bissouma would have been a welcome addition to our midfield, and he’s a player that Sporting Director Dan Ashworth will know very well. He will have watched Bissouma very closely during his time at Brighton.
He could have been the ideal midfield partner for Bruno. Bissouma protects the defence well and is a strong dribbler, which would helped Howe’s side progress through the thirds. That’s an area we’ve started to improve in since Bruno signed, and Bissouma would only have added to that.
Newcastle are looking for top quality players who can be a part of the present and the future. Bissouma certainly fits that bill, and was recently described as ‘Champions League level‘ by Graham Potter.
He will be in the Champions League next season with Tottenham, while Newcastle will have to look elsewhere.