Newcastle told of ‘perfect’ Bruno Guimaraes partner; star watched Magpies recently

Lucas Paqueta, Memphis Depay and Islam Slimani

Newcastle United have been told of the ‘perfect’ attacking midfielder to link up with Bruno Guimaraes – and the star watched the Magpies in action recently.

Guimaraes moved to St James’ Park in January as Newcastle paid Lyon £40million for his signature. And the Brazilian is already a favourite among the Magpies faithful.

He got his first goal for the club in their 2-1 victory over Southampton on March 10. Dan Burn won the header from Matt Targett’s corner, allowing Guimaraes to pull off an audacious flick past Fraser Forster.

Southampton were unable to respond to that goal, giving Newcastle another huge three points in the fight against relegation.

The victory could help Eddie Howe’s side in their pursuit of a Ligue 1 star, too.

Lyon ace Lucas Paqueta was in attendance that game. He came to watch his former team-mate and close pal Guimaraes.

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Reports claim Newcastle made a £34million offer to sign Paqueta in December. However, Lyon didn’t accept and the playmaker remained in France.

Sky Sports presenter Pete Graves thinks it would ‘make sense’ for Newcastle to return for the 24-year-old this summer.

While appearing on the Loaded HQ YouTube channel, Graves said: “Obviously, he was at the Southampton game, so you know, it would make sense, wouldn’t it?

Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Guimaraes

“They seem to have a great connection on the field, it would certainly make sense.

“I think if there was a deal to be done there, he’d be perfect, from the bits I’ve seen him play.”

Paqueta could help to increase the club’s goal output. His record stands at nine strikes and six assists in 35 matches so far this campaign.

Paqueta is also a regular in the Brazil team, having played 31 times for the South American outfit and netted seven goals.

He would surely link up well with Guimaraes on Tyneside. And his signing could be facilitated by the potential sale of Allan Saint-Maximin.

According to 90Min, Aston Villa, Wolves and Everton are vying to land the electric winger.

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