Newcastle will prove they can match Benitez’s ambitions by signing Yacine Brahimi

According to Portuguese media outlet A Bola, Newcastle United have joined Premier League rivals Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race to sign FC Porto attacker Yacine Brahimi this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Yacine Brahimi in action with Gini Wijnaldum

Well, A Bola says that the left winger is attracting attention from English clubs as he has just one year remaining on his contract, following another impressive campaign for the Portuguese giants as they won the top flight title.

A Bola says that the 28-year-old has a release clause in his current deal set at €60m (£53m), but they are likely to accept a lower offer for him this summer given they could lose him for nothing if 2019 unless he chooses to extend his stay with them.

Meanwhile, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez may well be looking to sign a new left-sided attacker this summer with Chelsea loanee Kenedy returning to Stamford Bridge following a successful loan spell, and with it being unclear whether he could return to St James’ Park or not.

How did Brahimi do this season?

The Algeria international impressed and was influential in Porto’s title win – the first time the 28-year-old had won a league championship during his career.

The wide man scored 12 goals and provided a further 10 assists in 49 appearances in all competitions for his team, and according to he successfully completed 203 of the 305 dribbles he attempted in 40 outings in Liga NOS and the Champions League.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

He certainly would be, and it would be one that would excite the fans – the majority of which don’t want to sign a £4.5m-rated Championship attacker they adored 12 months ago – and take the club to the next level to prove to Benitez that his ambitions can be matched by staying at St James’ Park.

Brahimi would bring a much-needed goal threat and some creativity from wide areas for the Magpies as they look to push on and progress next term, and while he may be more experienced he would be a huge upgrade on fans’ favourite Kenedy in the left wing position.