Newcastle are reportedly ready to rival Lyon in a bid to sign £8.5million winger Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven.
French outlet Foot Mercato claims that the Ligue 1 side and Steve Bruce’s men will go head-to-head to try and land the 20-year-old this month.
Gakpo, who came through the youth ranks at PSV, has already clocked up 51 appearances for the first-team, scoring seven goals and laying on 14 assists in that time.
The young attacker, who can play on either wing or centrally at a push, has also scored twice in five appearances for the Netherlands Under-21 side.
Lyon are said to have already opened initial discussions with PSV for Gakpo, but Newcastle are ready to rival the French club’s bid for the forward as Bruce looks for more attacking options.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce has firmly denied claims that Newcastle will allow Dwight Gayle to leave on loan this winter.
Gayle has been linked with the likes of Leeds United and Nottingham Forest this January, with both sides looking for further firepower in their efforts for promotion from the Championship.
There had been suggestions that Newcastle would be willing to let Gayle leave this month, but only if his new club promised to pay them £20m for a permanent transfer in the summer.
However, after Gayle grabbed an assist in Newcastle’s draw with Wolves on Saturday, Bruce repeated his desire to keep the striker on Tyneside. Read more…