Newcastle have been reported interested in signing Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, who is said to be keen to play in the Premier League.
Tottenham were heavily linked with the player earlier this year and at that time a fee of £7.8M was mentioned and recent reports suggest he would go for about that price now.
There was a report in L’Equipe a couple of days ago that both Newcastle and Sporting Lisbon were interested in signing the 22 year-old.
Sebastien Haller – 22 year-old Utrecht striker
That was followed up yesterday with a report in Voetbal International that said the French club AS Monaco were also interested in signing the player.
That report also suggested that Newcastle would find it difficult to attract the ambitious striker to Tyneside to play in England’s second division, with the words that he was “not very eager” to join the Magpies.
It seems that Newcastle have found it difficult over the last week or so to attract some of their transfer targets, which are said to include a striker and a winger.
And Newcastle are still waiting to get Everton left-back Brendan Galloway on loan for the season as the Toffees bring in defensive reinforcements.
Haller stands 6ft 2ins and has played for all of the French Youth sides including 14 appearances for the U-21 side with 9 goals.
He joined Utrecht last summer from Auxerre and scored 24 goals in 40 appearances last season, but he was also on loan for half a season at Utrecht before that – so in 57 total appearances he has scored 35 goals for his Dutch club.
Premier League club Everton have also been linked with Haller, who has scored 43 goals in 94 first team appearances in his career at Auxerre and Utrecht.
Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke 04 have all shown interest in the player this year and he was even linked with Aston Villa, Norwich and Sunderland in last January’s transfer window.
The striker is in big demand and being in England’s second division could make it very difficult for the Magpies to get this young striker to Newcastle.
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