According to The Daily Star, Newcastle are still in pursuit of Brentford winger Said Benrahma.
With the deadline to do deals between Premier League and EFL clubs not until October 16, the Magpies are still able to make signings from the Championship and lower.
And as per The Daily Star, Steve Bruce’s side remain in the hunt to sign Algeria international Benrahma, who enjoyed a sterling campaign with the Bees last season, scoring 17 goals across all competitions as they reached the play-off final.
With recent reports claiming that West Ham’s potential move for Benrahma seemingly falling through, it appears a door has very much opened for Newcastle to potentially steal in at the last minute.
Given his performances in the Championship last season, it’s no surprise to see Premier League clubs be willing to pay big-money to sign Benrahma in this window – it was even suggested that West Ham had made an offer worth £30m for the attacker.
Like Newcastle’s very own Allan Saint-Maximin, the Brentford ace is sparkling with the ball at his feet, capable of creating something out of nothing. As per Whoscored, he averaged 3.8 shots, 2.1 key passes and three dribbles per game in the previous league campaign, numbers that are very favourable when compared to the Magpies’ magic wide-man.
Saint-Maximin averaged a whopping 4.7 dribbles per match in the top-flight, although his shots (1.8) and key passes (1.3) are considerably lower than Benrahma.
Such is Benrahma’s ability with the ball, that Brentford B’s assistant coach, Sam Saunders, even raved that he “could nutmeg a mermaid”. His teammate, Henrik Dalsgaard, added: “He’s such a tricky player, you think you’ve got him locked in the corner and then, all of a sudden, he’s out.”
If Newcastle can pull off a stunning last-gasp swoop for Benrahma, it could be one of the steals of the entire transfer window.
And in other news, Newcastle must show no mercy to this ace.