At the time of writing, it looks as though Newcastle United won’t be signing Romain Perraud this summer.
It’s been claimed recently that the Magpies have interest in the Brest left-back.
But Le10 Sport say Southampton are closing in on an agreement for the player, thought to be worth £8.6 million.
Southampton, of course, have a pressing need for a new left-sided defender after bidding farewell to Ryan Bertrand.
Southampton’s potential gain here could be very much Newcastle’s loss.
Perraud, 23, has really been carving out an exciting reputation for himself over in France.
The attack-minded star just finished the 2020/21 season with three goals and seven assists to his name.
GFFN ran a feature on the player at the time of him joining Brest, and they brought attention to one particularly exciting aspect of his game.
They wrote: “Indeed, Romain Perraud rapidly became a fan-favourite at the Stade Charlety, thanks to some Roberto Carlos-esque rockets from outside the box.
“Keeping everything in perspective, Perraud’s style is, on some points, quite similar to the former Real Madrid full-back’s.
“He has a fighting mentality, an incredible shot power and a left-foot that has proven throughout the season to be a deadly weapon for set-pieces.”
Perraud is a very attacking left-back, and now one of the standouts in his position in Ligue 1.
Potentially that would have made him ideal for the Newcastle system that uses wing-backs.
He’s also not bad defensively. WhoScored statistics show he actually averaged more successful tackles per 90 in the league (1.7) than Matt Ritchie (0.6), Paul Dummet (1.1) and Jamal Lewis (1.5).
One can only hope that Newcastle will be bringing back Jetro Willems on a free transfer, or have plans to bring in someone else of quality.
Because Perraud would have been a fine addition, and Southampton will be lucky to have him if the deal goes through.