According to leading Belgian outlet HLN, Newcastle United have submitted a ‘concrete bid’ of €1.3m to sign Swedish international attacker Kerim Mrabti – the man tipped to become ‘the next Eden Hazard’ in Sweden.
The 24-year-old, known for his versatility, is the star of Swedish Premier League side Djurgårdens IF and has been capped three times by their national side.
This one has come a little out of nowhere, but HLN claim that NUFC have submitted a bid in excess of £1m (which is thought to have trumped offers from Udinese and Club Brugge) – and thy reckon it could be accepted given it almost matches their alleged asking price of €1.5m (£1.3m).
If true, isn’t it just typical of NUFC to offer just £200,000 under such a small asking price!
Mrabti is 24 and has helped his side to Swedish Cup glory this season, with the report stating that Djurgårdens were unwilling to let him leave in January as they wanted to keep in a bid to win the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) – and they did!
He’s believed to be capable of playing out wide, up top and as an attacking midfielder and has bagged 5 goals and 2 assists in 14 games so far this season – also scoring 9 and assisting 7 the season before.
Who knows if there’s anything in this, but these are some interesting (ish) claims nonetheless – not that a £1m forward from the Swedish league is going to get too many fans excited at this stage!
Here’s him in action: