Newcastle United’s revival under Eddie Howe has been immaculate, seeing them climb from the foot of the table all the way into the top half. The resurgence has coincided with the arrival of their January signings, so they have clearly made a huge impact at St James’ Park.
With Premier League safety all but secured, Howe and his team can look to the summer transfer window already, planning for another season in the top flight of English football.
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So it’s no surprise that Olivier Bernard has revealed that he knows the Magpies are in discussions with Lyon over a potential move for Lucas Paqueta.
Journalist Dean Jones has been looking at the potential move, but he isn’t convinced by it, telling GiveMeSport: “Paqueta is more of a gamble, from what I’ve seen of him, who’d cost a lot of money, wages and the type of player he is, I think is susceptible to being a flop in English football because it’s going to be about confidence with him and if he didn’t have a good start, I’d be worried about how it pans out for him.”
Paqueta has been vital to Lyon this season, playing 41 games and scoring on 10 occasions. He’s also set up seven goals for his teammates in what has been an impressive personal campaign so far.
He’s clearly very important to the French side, so you’d imagine he won’t come cheaply to Tyneside should they go for him. Especially when you consider his market value of £31.5m according to Transfermarkt, it could be argued the fee may have to exceed that.
Although there are no guarantees, as Jones says, the fact Bruno Guimaraes has settled after making his own switch will give the club and their supporters hope that Paqueta could follow in his footsteps.
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