Diafra Sakho

Diafra Sakho

Where else to start but France? How much of Newcastle United’s French-based recruitment is down to chief scout Graham Carr’s love of cheese we don’t know, but one thing that is certain is that the club have been monitoring Metz striker Sakho all season.

The 24-year-old has been in fine form, scoring 20 goals in 36 games, albeit in Ligue 2 (where the cheese isn’t as good).

Metz are willing to let Sakho go to whoever pays them £5m, but Newcastle may have to fight off a host of clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, Lyon and Marseille for the privilege to do so.