Newcastle ‘tracking’ £15m-rated former Arsenal youngster

Newcastle United are ‘tracking’ Montpellier striker Stephy Mavididi, according to reports.

The former Arsenal youngster has been in good form for the Ligue 1 club this term, scoring six and assisting three in 18 league matches.

Mavididi has been in France since 2020 after leaving Juventus. He made one first-team appearance for the Old Lady.

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According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle, Brighton and Crystal Palace are ‘looking at’ the 23-year-old.

They add that the Magpies are ‘tracking’ the striker as head coach Eddie Howe looks to improve his attacking options.

Mavididi would reportedly cost around £15million and fits the Premier League’s homegrown quota due to his time at Arsenal.

He is not the only Ligue 1 forward Newcastle are rumoured to be interested in, with Stade Reims’ Hugo Ekitike also being linked with a move to St James’ Park.

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90min claim, the Geordies are very keen on signing the ‘wonderkid’ and are in ‘advanced talks’ with the French club. The deal will likely be worth ‘just shy of £30million’.

Ekitike is the highest scoring teenager in Europe’s top five leagues this season and has already drawn comparisons to Kylian Mbappe.

The 19-year-old has netted eight times in 17 Ligue 1 matches for Reims, who currently sit 14th in the French top flight.

Meanwhile, Toon boss Howe has insisted the club won’t be held to ransom by other clubs over transfer fees.

The Magpies have made two signings so far this window, bringing in England full-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid before adding striker Chris Wood for £25 million from relegation rivals Burnley.

Asked if the club would walk away from deal if the price was not right, Howe said: “Absolutely, you have to be in that position.

“You have to draw a line in certain situations and say, ‘No, we’re not going to pay that money’, otherwise where does the game go? It goes to an uncomfortable place, I think.

“It’s all about the individual player and judging each situation on individual merits, and that’s what we’ve tried to do.”

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