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Newcastle United leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur in Malo Gusto race

According to Foot Mercato (h/t Football. London), Newcastle United have leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Olympique Lyon right-back Malo Gusto.

The 19-year-old right-back has been linked with a move to Tottenham in recent months but it looks like Premier League rivals Newcastle United have taken the first step with the Lilywhites focussing elsewhere.

The teenage French sensation has been receiving plaudits for quite some time now. He is expected to move to a top club very soon and it might end up being the Magpies after all if they can be persistent with their interest.

Tottenham on the other hand have gone on to focus on Pedro Porro from Sporting CP. The Spaniard is Antonio Conte & co.’s priority in the transfer window and they are engaging in a battle with Chelsea for him.

Gusto could be an option should we fail to sign Porro. However, he could already be a Magpies player by then and we could be left in a situation where we don’t have either Porro or Gusto come the end of the window.

Going all out for Porro as Tottenham are, the club runs the risk of putting all their eggs in one basket. It is a risky strategy to keep going on with especially when our competitors are Chelsea who seem to have a blank chequebook when it comes to signings.

Newcastle United leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur in Malo Gusto race. 
(Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)
Lyon’s French defender Malo Gusto is very talented and has a huge future (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

It is not that there are no other options in the market but it would be nice to land one of Porro or Gusto. The latter though is very young and might take some time to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League.

With the French wonderkid, Tottenham might be one club too early in his career right now. In fact, even at Newcastle United, he could struggle for game time although Kieran Trippier can slot in at left-back if needed.

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It remains to be seen who Tottenham sign for the right-back position. They need reinforcements and let’s see who eventually ends up coming to the N17.

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