The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are tracking 24 year-old German International midfielder Karim Bellarabi of Bayer Leverkusen.
Karim Bellarabi – Beyer Leverkusen winger
Bellarabi was born in Berlin, West Germany, to a Moroccan father and a German mother and he grew up in Bremen and started his career at FC Oberneuland.
He moved to Eintracht Braunschweig in 2008 before moving to Leverkusen in 2011.
Newcastle were after Pierre Michelle Lassoga of Hertha Berlin in the summer, but he moved to Hamburg rather than join the Tyneside club – but it does seem Newcastle now have a decent scouting presence in Germany.
Bellarabi was injured for most of the 2012-2013 season and last season he was on a season long loan at Eintracht Braunschweig, but he has now returned to Leverkusen.
He has played 39 times for Leverkusen with 9 goals and 10 assists, and this season has four goals in 14 appearances for his club.
But some top clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all keeping tabs on the player, and it could be difficult for Newcastle to attract him to Tyneside, since we don’t have any European football these days.
Newcastle are on the lookout for goal-scoring wingers – although with players like Rolando Aarons and Sammy Ameobi coming through and Obertan showing good form, it’s probably not a top priority these days.
And Remy Cabella seems to finally be getting to grips with the Premier League, and the Frenchman played well in his sub appearance, in the 1-0 win against Liverpool on Saturday.
Bellarabi has played youth international football for both the German U-20 and U-21 sides and he was called up by the senior squad last month, and he made his debut in the shock 2–0 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat in Poland where he played the full 90 minutes.
This lad is a good player, but we just wonder if he would ever leave Bayer Leverkusen for Newcastle and give up playing regular European football.
What do you think?
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