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Newcastle United keen on RC Lens midfielder Gael Kakuta

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Newcastle United are keen on RC Lens midfielder Gael Kakuta and have contacted his representatives over a possible move, according to FootMercato.

The former Chelsea prodigy, once dubbed by the Blues’ French scout as the most gifted player of his generation, has been in fine form in the Ligue 1 this term, scoring 11 goals and weighing in with five assists in 33 league games.

Having confirmed their Premier League status for next season following Fulham’s relegation last night, Newcastle are keen to bolster their midfield this summer.

Signing Arsenal loanee Joe Willock permanently could cost the Magpies around £20 million, and they are looking for cheaper alternatives.

Kakuta’s creativity has seen Lens emerge as surprise contenders for a Europa League spot, with the sixth-placed side challenging Marseille and Rennes for a place in Europe next term.

The 29-year-old is currently on loan from Amiens with an option of a permanent deal, and he is unlikely to leave if he leads his childhood club to continental football.

Kakuta is only focusing on the remaining two games of the campaign right now but could be keen on returning to the English top-flight if Lens fail to qualify for the Europa League.

Kakuta had loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Fulham in the Premier League after making six top-flight appearances for Chelsea.

Then-Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was impressed with Kakuta’s abilities, praising him for being “technically fantastic”.

Although he hasn’t quite fulfilled his potential, Kakuta would be a solid acquisition for Newcastle if they can secure his services.

In other news, Newcastle reportedly keeping tabs on Chelsea centre-back.