Premier League side Newcastle United have opened negotiations with Montpellier over signing Algerian playmaker Ryad Boudebouz this summer, according to French media outlet Canal+.
The 27-year-old has had a fantastic season in Ligue 1 with 11 goals and 9 assists in the French League, but is said to be looking for a new club in the upcoming transfer window.
Rafa Benitez is looking to strengthen his squad after winning promotion to the Premier League from the Championship, and signing Boudebouz would be a brilliant move for everyone involved. Boudebouz started his footballing career at Bastia, before moving to Sochaux and then Montpellier after rejecting a trial from Manchester United as a teenager.
Both Newcastle and Montpellier will hold talks this weekend, with Boudebouz currently away on international duty with Algeria. He is reportedly valued at around £15million. Newcastle have a history of successfully signing players from the top tier in France, so this is a transfer that is very likely to happen.
Boudebouz made his debut for Algeria in 2010 under Rabah Saadane, and has two goals in 25 caps for the Desert Foxes. He is renowned for the fantastic quality of his set pieces, as demonstrated by the number of free-kicks he has scored this campaign.