Newcastle United and Leeds United ‘make contact’ over £30m January deal

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The forward is just one of several Ligue 1 stars linked with a move to St James Park.

Newcastle United are reportedly ‘leading the race’ to sign in-form Rennes forward Martin Terrier.

The former Lille and Lyon star has been in stunning form so far this season after scoring 11 goals and providing four assists in 18 appearances in all competitions. The 25-year-old has been a key part of Rennes march up the Ligue 1 and his goal in their weekend win over Montpellier moved them into third place in the table.

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His style of play and ability to play across the frontline has led to comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry - although the forward admitted he has some way to go to match the acheivements of the former France international. Speaking last year, he said: “That's very flattering - Thierry Henry is one of France's best-ever strikers. I'm a long way from that, but I do take inspiration from the best. I think the ability I have to open up my body comes naturally to me. But that way of curling the ball is something a youth team coach at Lille taught me. Ever since then, I've work a lot on that move and it's paying dividends.”

His form in the early months of the season has led to interest from a whole host of clubs, with Newcastle just one of seven Premier League sides said to have sent scouts to watch him in action in recent weeks. A report in 90Mins has also suggested there is also interest from clubs in Germany and Italy.

The report also states Terrier would command a fee of around £30m and reveals Newcastle, Liverpool and Leeds all made initial moves during the summer transfer window but were all turned away by the Ligue 1 club. The forward opened up on his future in an interview with FootMercato, saying: “If I intend to be part of this framework? Of course, I feel good here. When you have a good season, it’s flattering to have certain clubs that are interested in you, but I’m good here.”

Terrier will be back in action on Thursday night when Rennes host AEK Larnaca in the final game of their Europa League Group B campaign.

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