International playmaker set for Newcastle United switch - report

Ryad Boudebouz playing for Sochaux
Ryad Boudebouz playing for Sochaux

Algerian international Ryad Boudebouz is set for a summer move to Newcastle United, according to reports in the player's homeland.

The Montpellier playmaker, who has also been linked with a move to Everton, Lyon and Southampton, is said to be available for around £13million.

And Algerian publication Le Buteur claim the Magpies lead the race for the 27-year-old's signature.

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Boudebouz's name being linked with United is no new thing.

Four years ago, in the summer of 2013, the then Sochaux man was rumoured to be a Newcastle target. And almost without fail, including last January, Boudebouz's name has cropped up in the column inches when United's transfer plans are discussed.

The report claims Benitez has met with the player's agent and talks were positive.

Boudebouz, who is keen to play Champions League football, scored 11 goals for the Montpellier last season and had a hand in another nine.

Club president Laurent Nicollin, in a recent interview with Eurosport, said: "A good exit for Boudebouz? He has had it for some time. We agreed with him and his agent. If a good offer comes to the club, we will study it together and make a decision that will make everyone happy. Offers? We have a few but nothing very serious for him."

Boudebouz was also linked with a move to Sunderland in the January window.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have been linked with a loan move for Barcelona youngster Carles Alena.

Kamil Grosicki of Hull City is also thought to be an attacking option being considered by Benitez.

The Poland international, 29, is expected to leave the KCOM Stadium this summer, having had a relegation clause inserted in the deal he signed in January.