Sources in France have said that Newcastle are interested in Rennes’ attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi.
Yacine Brahimi – Rennes French U21 winger
Alan Pardew has said that when Newcastle are going after a player for a particular position, they may have five or even more players lined up, and then they will go after their first choice.
But if there are barriers to getting him, they will move onto the second choice and so on.
There are also cases where an opportunity arises, and a player is suddenly made available, and Newcastle may move for them, even though they are not on their official list.
So when we are linked with all these players this summer, bear in mind they may not be Newcastle’s first choice, and yes – they may also be made up stories. 😀
The 22-year-old Brahimi looks an exciting prospect indeed, and has played for the France U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 sides – a full house of Youth caps – and he has 7 caps at the U21 level.
Brahimi seems a gifted player, so we hope it’s true that Newcastle are interested in this lad.
The 5’9″ tall Paris born winger of Algerian descent was at PSG, his home town club from 2004 through 2006, before moving to Rennes and in the last couple of seasons he has played 48 times for Rennes with 9 goals.
The 22 year-old had an opportunity to represent Algeria in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but he turned down the chance in the hopes he will play for the full France side, the country of his birth, in the future.
Arsenal, Real Madrid and a number of German clubs are also keeping tabs on this top youngster, who only turned 22 in February.
Sylvain Marveaux joined Newcastle from Rennes last summer, so he will know this youngster well.
Here’s some video of the player.
What do you think?