The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are now eyeing a triple summer swoop for Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Saint-Maximin replacement?
As per The Daily Mail, as many as three wingers have been added to the Magpies’ list of transfer targets, with Allan Saint-Maximin ‘expected’ to be sold.
Brighton and Hove Albion ace Leandro Trossard, Nottingham Forest talent Brennan Johnson and Bayer Leverkusen dazzler Moussa Diaby are all thought to be potential options, but the wing is not the only position where Newcastle are looking to strengthen.
The Latest: Three targets for Newcastle
The Daily Mail added that, along with a potential replacement for Saint-Maximin, PIF are also eyeing a move for another Seagulls star in Yves Bissouma, in addition to a permanent deal for Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett.
Should Newcastle sign Bissouma?
The Tyneside club are now ‘poised’ to sign the latter for around £15m plus an initial loan fee, which includes a bonus for avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
The Verdict: Exciting
It certainly is exciting to see the number of players with whom Newcastle have been linked, even though their signings may come at the cost of losing Saint-Maximin.
The Toon Army will already be aware of both Trossard and Johnson’s qualities from English football, but Diaby is certainly a player of whom they should not be dismissive.
Praised by German media for his ‘amazing’ dribbling, ‘irresistible’ pace and ‘astonishing’ speed of thought earlier this season, the Frenchman was also hailed as ‘unstoppable’ after scoring one goal and setting up another in a 4-0 thumping of Borussia Monchengladbach (Bundesliga).
Diaby now has 16 goals and 11 assists across all competitions so far this term, mainly operating from the flanks (Transfermarkt), and he is still only 22 years of age.
The Magpies will also be aware of how good Bissouma is, too. After all, The Daily Mail journalist Sami Mokbel believes that the Malian has ‘top-six‘ capabilities, while The Chronicle reporter Aaron Stokes even went as far as to claim that the 25-year-old is an ‘absolute monster‘.
Nonetheless, strengthening with quality in three key areas will no doubt please Eddie Howe and the Newcastle supporters going into the new campaign.
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