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Newcastle "make approach" for Montpellier playmaker Ryad Boudebouz

According to Foot Mercato in France, Newcastle United have made an approach for the Algerian international. 

Montpellier Herault SC v Olympique de Marseille - Ligue 1
Ryad Boudebouz is the latest name from Ligue 1 to be linked with Newcastle.
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While it may seem to be the typical Ligue 1 transfer story, it could be rather interesting. Boudebouz is a player that has really come of age over the last year and a half.

His 12 assists last season was a league high and the fact that he created 103 chances in 2016 is scary. Nobody in the French League could match those stats, nobody even came close in fact.

Of course, goalscoring was not as impressive last season, but he has shown significant improvement in that part of his game too. He has scored seven goals this season already, after bagging only two last season.

Playing for a struggling Montpellier team, he has finally justified the hype that has surrounded him for years now. He is a player that some fans will scoff at, after the shortcomings of Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin etc. However, he is exactly what is needed.

Given the fact that West Ham, West Brom and Marseille are also said to hold an interest, convincing him to play in the Championship may prove testing. If a deal cannot be struck, Newcastle should definitely try again in the Summer. That is, if they get promoted.