According to L’Equipe, Newcastle are interested in signing Bayern Munich’s Michaël Cuisance.
L’Equipe’s report states that Leeds are closing in on his signature, after Hansi Flick failed to guarantee the French midfielder regular game time at the Allianz Arena this season.
Cuisance made 15 appearances in all competitions last season as the German giants hoovered up the treble, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League.
Despite competition from Marcelo Bielsa, it is encouraging to see us linked with such an exciting prospect.
The 21-year-old has been likened to Arsenal star Mesut Özil by the Bundesliga’s official website.
They wrote: ‘Cuisance operates in a slightly deeper central midfield role to that which 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Mesut Özil is best known for, but there’s no escaping the similarities. The Frenchman has a wand of a left foot, is a veritable bag of tricks and for a good chunk of 2017/18 was Gladbach’s go-to guy from set plays.’
Bayern Munich value the former Borussia Monchengladbach man at €20 million (£18 million) according to L’Equipe’s report.
Marseille and OGC Nice – Allan Saint-Maximin’s former club – are also keen on signing Cuisance, but if we are to get anywhere with this deal, it looks like Leeds are the club to beat for his signature.
The Frenchman’s arrival would help add some much needed creativity to Steve Bruce’s ranks.
In Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and the Longstaff brothers, we have plenty of workmanlike options who put a lot of effort in, but do not possess the finesse and craft to carve open opposition defenders.
In that respect, it is encouraging to see the Magpies actively trying to solve this problem.