Exclusive: Agent reveals Newcastle want to blow Glasgow giants away to sign club legend's son
Newcastle United have joined Celtic and Rangers in the race to sign French forward Thomas Robert this summer, his agent has told Football Insider.
This site revealed earlier this week the two Glasgow giants are keen to sign the 19-year-old on a summer free after he rejected a new four-year Montpellier contract.
Agent Mark McKay has revealed to Football Insider how Newcastle are also in the hunt for the teen ace, who is the son of club legend Laurent Robert.
The prospect of Robert junior following in his famous father’s footsteps has increased after he snubbed a new Montpellier deal.
He has been training with the French club’s first team all season but has only played for their Under-21s to date and has yet to make his senior blow.
Significantly, he speaks perfect English after growing up in England and is keen to progress his career by returning to the land where his father played some of his best football.
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Mark McKay, who is working on behalf of Robert admits there has been a great deal of interest shown in the young attacker.
“There has been a number of clubs who have expressed an interest in Thomas and being on a free transfer makes him even more in demand,” McKay told Football Insider.
“We helped move his dad Laurent to Newcastle for over £10m and if Thomas is half as good as his dad he will prove to be a bargain for someone this summer.”
Robert senior played 181 matches for Newcastle after signing in 2001 from Paris-Saint Germain and is fondly remembered by the club’s fans for his 32 goals, many of which were memorable ones.
Like the former left winger, Robert is an attacking player and is a versatile forward who can play down both flanks as well as behind the main centre-forward.
Robert’s availability on a Bosman free transfer has alerted both Rangers and Celtic, whose transfer budgets are likely to be significantly reduced due to the financial chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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