Newcastle could reportedly reunite two siblings with a £15million transfer deal as boss Eddie Howe hunts for another new striker. The Magpies signed Chris Wood from Burnley on Thursday after activating the New Zealander’s £20million release clause.
While Wood has been a regular goalscorer in the Premier League, he has registered just three strikes for the Clarets this term.
That has led to concern that he may not be able to fully replace the injured Callum Wilson, who has been one of the Magpies’ few bright spots this term.
But the Englishman has been ruled out for as many as eight weeks after limping off during the draw with Manchester United.
Howe has the backing of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and used some of that money to bring in Wood.
While he will hope that the now-former Burnley star can in part fill Wilson’s shoes, Wood is more of a target man than a goalscorer.
The former Arsenal youngster has impressed for Montpellier this season, scoring six goals and notching eight assists in Ligue 1.
Mavididi is capable of playing either on the wing or as the spearhead of attack and would bring a much-needed boost to Newcastle’s attack.
But the Magpies are not the only club interested in the 23-year-old, with Brighton and Crystal Palace both eyeing a move.
Montpellier values the attacker at £15million, an asking price that mega-rich Newcastle can easily afford.
The Magpies also possess another advantage over the Seagulls and Palace that can help them in the race.
That advantage is the fact that Mavididi’s younger brother is already at the club, which the Mail reports ‘could improve their chances’.
The younger Mavididi brother moved to St James’ Park last summer on a free transfer from Arsenal, though has only featured for the under-18s side so far.
Even so, his presence could assist Howe as he looks to boost his attacking options with the signing of his Montpellier star brother.