Newcastle United are believed to be eyeing a move for Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana as the search for a new attacking recruit continues.
The Ghana international – who still has four years remaining on his existing deal in France – joined the Ligue 1 outfit on a €20m (£17m) move from Nordsjaelland last summer, having reportedly been a target for Manchester United at the time.
Previous reports have suggested that the 11-cap gem could command a fee of around £30m, with the youngster offering a potential alternative to Leeds United winger Jack Harrison after the Tynesiders reportedly saw a €40m (£34m) bid rejected for the Englishman.
A move for the Rennes starlet could also help Newcastle to forget about another previous target in Moussa Diaby, having been forced to walk away from a deal for the promising Frenchman after being quoted in the region of £60m for his signature.
While he appears a real talent, having racked up 31 goal contributions last term, the 22-year-old simply did not warrant such a hefty price tag, with those at St James’ Park seemingly taking the sensible approach to look elsewhere for a new forward, rather than be coaxed into paying over the odds.
In Kamaldeen – as he is known – Howe and co have identified another sparkling gem who actually won’t break the bank, with the 5 foot 9 menace having proven just what a talent he is in his embryonic senior career thus far.
After netting 14 goals and providing eight assists in just 43 games during his time in Denmark, the £16.2m-rated man has since dazzled again in the French top flight, scoring four goals and registering two assists in just 20 league games (only 11 of which came from the start), albeit while seeing his campaign disrupted by a back injury.
Although that return may not have been overly eye-catching, the general assessment is that the £6k-per-week ace will continue to blossom in the years to come, having been dubbed a “brilliant player” by football talent scout Jacek Kulig.
Perhaps more excitingly for those of a Newcastle persuasion, the winger has also been likened to Brazilian icon Neymar by his former boss Flemming Pedersen, with that no doubt of particular interest considering the club’s links to the Paris Saint-Germain genius in recent times.
Such praise will surely set pulses racing among Magpies supporters, with that speculation seemingly the fresh excitement which is needed after the disappointment of the failed Diaby swoop.
If all goes to plan with the Kamaldeen approach, then the failure to land the Leverkusen starlet will simply become a distant memory to the Toon Army.