Newcastle given big boost in pursuit of Ligue 1 star

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have been given a boost in their pursuit of St Etienne winger after the 21-year-old refused to sign a new with the club, reports TalkSPORT.

Rafael had tried to sign the exciting young forward during the summer, however St Etienne were reluctant to part ways with one of the club’s most promising talents.

Bamba’s at the┬áStade Geoffroy-Guichard expires next summer however, and with him refusing to sign an extension, he will be free to leave the outfit come the end of the season.

It is understood Bamba is awaiting other offers before deciding upon his future.

The Ivorian has spent the past 18 months on with Paris FC, Sint-Truiden and Angers but has this been given his chance at St Etienne, an opportunity he has since grasped with both hands.

Bamba has found the net 4 times already this season, helping his side pick up a respectable 14 points from their opening 8 games in what is becoming an increasingly competitive top division.

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