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Newcastle weighing up free transfer for Thomas Robert… who is the son of former Toon star Laurent

Thomas Robert – son of former Newcastle favourite Laurent – is open to a move to England this summer.

The 19-year-old is known to be attracting interest from a number of English clubs ahead of next season after he turned down a new three year deal at Montpellier meaning he is available on a free transfer.

Newcastle, the club his father scored 32 goals in 181 matches, are among the clubs monitoring the situation.

Robert, who was on the fringes of the Montpellier first-team, and now is seeking a move to a club where he can secure regular first-team football to aid his development.

The 19-year-old can play on both flanks or as a No 10, his versatility making him an attractive proposition to his suitors.

Scottish Premiership clubs are also weighing up moves for Robert, while Nice and Rennes have made him offers to stay in France.

Teams in Germany are also keen to lure him to the Bundesliga.

Robert’s agent, Mark McKay, has confirmed the player has received several offers from clubs across the continent, but that guaranteed first-team football will be key to the youngster’s decision.

‘We have several offers from clubs in France, Germany and the UK, but Thomas wants to be playing regular first-team football wherever he ends up going,’ said McKay.

‘He refused Montpellier’s offer of a new deal as he wants to be playing first-team football and he sees that as key to his long-term development at this stage of his career’

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