Newcastle United are preparing to submit a big-money offer to sign Lyon defender Malo Gusto, according to reports.
The Premier League high flyers have become a transformed side under Eddie Howe this season but will still be looking for further reinforcements to help take them to the next level.
The right-back has just 18 months remaining on his contract at the Groupama Stadium, but after generating interest thanks to recent impressive performances, is now being linked with a move to St. James’ Park.
According to French outlet Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), Newcastle are ‘ready to make a very big offer’ for Gusto.
The northeast outfit ‘appreciate his profile a lot’ and are ‘very interested’ in completing a deal, with the 19-year-old valued at €30m (£26m) by the Ligue 1 giants.
Right now though, a transfer this month ‘does not seem to be in the pipeline’, but the summer could present a better opportunity as at that point he would have entered the final year of his deal.
TIF thoughts on Gusto to Newcastle…
Gusto has been compared to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold so he would be an excellent signing for the future of the club should he put pen to paper.
Newcastle will receive a huge bonus if they are to secure Champions League football, so this cash could be put towards funding future deals, potentially for the likes of Gusto.