Newcastle United could still be in the race to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, according to Calciomercato.
The Magpies had a £40 million bid accepted for the maestro back in January but Steve Bruce couldn’t tempt the player to St James’ Park.
Soumare has helped Lille to top spot in Ligue 1 this season but he could now be sold.
Lille are struggling financially and might need to sell one of their prized assets during the January transfer window.
It is thought that offers of just £22 million will now be considered for the French powerhouse, with AC Milan interested.
The latest developments could be music to the ears of Bruce who is desperate for a lift.
He saw a strong team knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship club Brentford last night and speculation continues to mount over his future.
A departure doesn’t seem imminent though and a foray into the transfer market seems highly likely.
It was previously claimed that Soumare was ‘untouchable’ in the eyes of Lille, although that isn’t thought to be the case now.
What can Soumare bring to Newcastle?
The 21-year-old looks like developing into a fine footballer and why not at Newcastle?
He is powerful, comfortable in possession and isn’t afraid to get stuck in from the midfield engine room.
The Magpies have looked somewhat light in the middle of the park and it’s an area which Bruce should look to address.
With Jonjo Shelvey inconsistent and Jeff Hendrick not really doing much to shout about just yet, another option looks necessary.
With Serie A big-hitters AC Milan monitoring the situation, Bruce might once again struggle to convince Soumare to head to Newcastle.
If he can, however, the player with four France under-21 caps could game-changing signing for the club.