Newcastle will be linked with many transfer targets over the summer, and already have been linked with quite a few (67?).
Youssef El-Arabi – are Newcastle interested in this player?
And it will only get worse, or better, depending on how you view these reports, most of which will be made up.
There’s a report out that both Newcastle and Everton may be interested in 24 year-old Youssef El-Arabi, who is a French-born Moroccan striker who plays for Stade Malherbe Caen in French Lique 1.
Newcastle were also linked with this player in early January.
He is currently the second top scorer in the French League, stands 6’1″ tall, and has played around 70 games for his club hitting 30 goals, which is not too bad.
El-Arabi moved to Caen, his home town, in 2008 from French lower division side USON Mondeville, and he made his debut for them in December of 2008.
He made his debut for Morocco last September, against Central African Republic, and so far has 3 International caps.
Caen are currently 4th bottom of the French League, and just one point above the drop zone, and the Moroccan will be trying to keep his home town club in the top flight this season, and he has so far scored 15 goals in 30 games.
The striker has a contract through 2013, but he has made it clear to everybody, that he would like to leave the club in the summer:
This is what he told the French Daily L’Equipe:
“I have made my decision and I will leave. I have told the leaders of club my intention, but they know I’m going to keep giving everything until the end season.
“There are lots of clubs interested in me, but I have not decided where I want to go yet. I’m attracted to leagues in Spain and England.”.
Youssef El-Arabi seems a decent player but he has only played his football in the much weaker French league, and he would be a big gamble for Newcastle, and we’d be very surprised if Newcastle bid for this player in the summer.
It wouldn’t surprise us if the Newcastle scouts have been watching him, since they are covering lots of French games right now, especially Chief Scout Graham Carr.
The fee mentioned in the report is £10M, but that’s just ridiculously high – he was quoted at £4M in January – and Newcastle are far too savvy these days to pay out that sort of money, for somebody who is completely untested at the top levels of football.
What do you think?