EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle leading the race for Lyon attacker

Newcastle are leading the race to land highly-rated Lyon forward Jean-Philippe Mateta, we can exclusively reveal.

The 20-year-old, who made his debut for Lyon’s first-team back in 2016, spent last season on-loan at Le Havre – and now a host of English clubs have been alerted to his availability.

Mateta is understood to be keen on making the move, and Newcastle are keen, but as are a number of rivals – with the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Everton also expressing an interest.

Mateta scored an impressive 19 goals in just 16 Ligue 2 games for Le Havre last season and is a France Under-19 international.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is on the lookout for new signings as he looks to strengthen his squad significantly ahead of the start of the new season.