Newcastle transfer target Karl Toko Ekambi would be huge St James’ Park hit

According to reports in The Sun, Newcastle United are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing £20m-rated Angers striker Karl Toko Ekambi this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on

Well, The Sun says that the Magpies, along with top flight rivals Brighton and Hove Albion and Everton are all keen on signing the prolific attacker, who has enjoyed a standout season for the Ligue 1 outfit.

The Sun says that the French club, who sold current Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia to England, are ready to cash in on the forward, with La Liga side Villarreal also said to be keen on the Cameroon international.

How has Ekambi done this season?

He has been brilliant, and is one of the main reasons his team are just outside of the relegation zone, rather than in it.

The 25-year-old has scored 17 goals in 35 French top flight appearances during the current campaign, while he has also provided a further five assists.

While Ekambi has primarily played as a centre-forward, he has shown his versatility by also featuring on both wings, too.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

He certainly could be, but some may also think it would be a risk seeing as he would be their club-record buy if he did cost £20m.

With 25 goals in 79 games for Sochaux previously and now 69 in 25 for Angers, the Cameroonian striker has shown that he can find the net on a regular basis in sides that are struggling and perhaps not creating lots of chances every match.

The Magpies have certainly struggled to find the net at times this term, and if they could get a striker that can take advantage of the few chances he is given every match, it would be a big boost.

Loanee Islam Slimani, who was criticised by his own fans on Twitter following the weekend defeat to West Bromwich Albion, has struggled to make an impression in recent weeks, and Ekambi could easily be what Rafa Benitez was hoping the Algeria international was going to be for the Tyneside outfit.