Newcastle United clinched a vital 2-1 victory in their bid for survival on Saturday afternoon at St James’ Park, with Salomon Rondon ‘s brace providing the goals to ensure of all three points.
It was an afternoon in which Rondon announced himself to the club with a bullet header of true ferocity following a delightfully weighted ball from Kenedy.
After enduring a mixed opening to the campaign, the Brazilian would have been feeling relieved to make such a telling contribution.
Signed on a season-long loan, Kenedy is widely regarded as a pivotal cog in the Newcastle machine, but Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley may not be able to rely on him beyond this season.
With that in mind, it appears that they have already begun to turn their attention towards potential alternatives and, in typical Ashley fashion, the desired target could arrive on Tyneside for absolutely nothing.
Indeed, according to a recent report from Portuguese media outlet Ojogo, Newcastle are one of three Premier League clubs in the race for Porto’s Yacine Brahimi.
As of January 1st, Brahimi will be free to speak to Newcastle regarding a potential pre-contract agreement which would allow them to sign him on a free transfer when his contract expires in June.
A natural left-winger by trade, Brahimi has thrived for Porto during a four-year spell in which he has scored 44 times and provided 36 assists from 182 appearances.
Considering the fact Kenedy is bound to attract interest across Europe along with his clear quality at this level, it’s no surprise that Ashley is interested by the prospect of signing Brahimi on a free transfer.
Brahimi is blessed with 41-caps at international level, Champions League experience and a similar set of attributes to Kenedy, and the financial aspect of the deal will almost certainly convince Ashley to favour a move for the Algerian over a potentially expensive deal for the Chelsea loanee.
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