According to a recent report from Sky Sports, West Ham have failed to seal a deal for Yacine Brahimi. The 28-year-old has starred for Portuguese giants Porto in the last few years to thus attract interest from several sides in the Premier League, with it looking like Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers were on course to secure the Algeria international’s signature, only for a break down over personal terms to end their pursuit of the winger.
And with West Ham reportedly failing to a get a deal done for the £23.4 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United must seek to reignite their past interest in the 28-year-old by making an ambitious move for his services.
Ultimately, it has so far been a hugely underwhelming, but maybe not wholly unexpected, transfer window for the North East giants, with just five signings through the door, two of which in Martin Dubravka and Kenedy were at the club on loan last term.
And with the £17 million transfer record they spent on Michael Owen back in 2005 again looking like it won’t be broken this summer, there are many unhappy and frustrated Newcastle fans up and down the country, with owner Mike Ashley again the brunt of their anger.
And Pellegrini’s West Ham, who finished three places below the Magpies in the Premier League last term, have been one of many sides that have invested heavily in the playing squad this summer, which is why it is somewhat surprising that they have been unable to land Brahimi.
However, were Newcastle to now move and perhaps seal a deal for Brahimi, it would go some way to salvaging a disappointing summer at St James’ Park, and perhaps appease some of those irritated Magpies fans.
The 28-year-old made the move to Porto back in 2014 and has since scored 42 goals and laid on 34 assists in 167 appearances for the Primeira Liga heavyweights, in which time he helped the club win the domestic title only last season.
And having scored at least seven times in all competitions in each of his four seasons at Porto, alongside registering at least four assists in each of those campaigns, it’s pretty clear that Brahimi would add a great deal of quality to the attacking ranks at Newcastle, to the point whereby he would likely be competing with Kenedy and Matt Ritchie for a starting spot.
And if the Magpies are serious about improving upon their tenth place finish last term, and perhaps getting back to their former glories in the years to come, players of the calibre of Brahimi are exactly who they should be targeting.
And with West Ham having struggled to get a deal done, Benitez’s men must now pounce by making an ambitious move of their own for the Porto winger.
Newcastle and West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!