Newcastle often seem to be linked with the same players as Leicester nowadays, the latest of which is Le Mans midfielder Stephane Diarra, according to L’Equipe.
Diarra, who is only 20, has been watched on a regular basis, by both Newcastle scouts and their Leicester City counterparts, as they look to find bargain, young talent from around Europe.
Newcastle have a history of signing players from the French League, and are often prepared to take a risk on a player playing outside Ligue 1.
Diarra would be a great signing for Steve Bruce, with him having a growing reputation, and the versatility to play in midfield, or on either wing – an area Newcastle need to strengthen.
He has appeared in all-but-one of Le Mans’ 14 Ligue 2 games this season, scoring twice and adding an assist. Last season, he played 31 times out of a possible 34 league games, helping his side get promoted from Championnat National – France’s third tier.
Diarra is a talented prospect who fits into Newcastle’s transfer parameters
As we all know, Mike Ashley prefers Newcastle to sign young talented prospects, who could grow at Newcastle and either save him money on transfer fees, or make him a tidy profit on future sales, as their value grows alongside their stature in the game.
At such a young age, Diarra would fit into that bracket perfectly, and if Newcastle were to launch a bid for him in the January transfer window, they may manage to lure him to Tyneside to join the growing list of youngsters at the club.
Of course, while the focus on youth is to be applauded, Newcastle must also consider older, established players for roles in the team, using their experience to help nurture the youngsters, who are still learning the game.
There have been many rumours ahead of the January window, and how many signings Newcastle will make is not yet known, but in players like Diarra, they seem to be looking in the right direction.