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Newcastle After 20-Year-Old Forward In January Or Next Summer – Potentially World-Class

Dr. Ed Harrison

Saturday, November 11th, 2023

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There’s news from several sources that Newcastle are very keen on signing 20-year-old Lyon forward Rayan Cherki, although the French club want to wait until the summer before letting him go.

 

Football Insider are reporting the Lyon forward could be the next top young player to join the Premier League next summer.

 

Lyon are currently rock bottom of Ligue 1 on just four points (4 draws) from 10 games, and 7 points from safety and do not want to sell their top youngster during the season.

 

Manchester United are the other Premier League club strongly linked with the forward – in addition to Newcastle.

 

The transfer fee is said to be between £30M – £40M for Cherki, and we wonder if Newcastle will make a run at the player in January – since it looks like Lyon are already doomed to relegation, with no wins in 10 games.

 

Cherki has played 112 times for Lyon with 14 goals, and 17 assists since 2019, and those are good stats for a player who doesn’t turn 21 until next August.

 

He has also played for the France U21 side 18 times with 11 goals, so this lad definitely looks like a star of the future.

 

We have a feeling Newcastle may attempt to get the player in January, even on a loan-to-buy deal if they can work something out with Lyon.

 

Cherki’s contract runs out in the summer of 2025, so just over 18 months left on his contract, and the longer he stays at Lyon the more downward pressure will be on the transfer fee.

 

It would appear this player would be an excellent signing for Newcastle either in January or next summer.

 

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