According to reports in Portugal, Newcastle are now considering a January move to sign previously linked Porto’s Yacine Brahimi – with the winger expected to leave in the new year after talks over a new contract ‘reached an impasse’.
Given he’s one of Porto’s star players, it’s hard to believe we’d have any chance of signing him, but it’s reported that his previous asking price of around £26m could drop considerably
The Algerian managed 12 goals and 10 assists in Portugal last season and has started this one with 3 goals and 2 assists, however it looks like he’ll be sold soon.
A potential knock-down fee could be something which gives us a faint chance of signing him, but you’d still expect him to cost more than our current club transfer record of £17m.
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He’s good player and one who possesses genuine skill and quality, but history suggests Mike Ashley will not look to sign a player that could remotely threaten our club transfer record – especially not when this one will turn 29 next year.
Brahimi could be the sort of marquee signing we’ve failed to make in years, but I would take this one with a pinch of salt. West Ham and Everton are also credited with interest and, unfortunately, both are probably seen as more desirable destinations as things stand.
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