Rafa Benitez In Bold Move To Sign Moroccan International

It looks like Everton left-back Brendan Galloway preferred to go on loan to West Brom rather than to Newcastle, so Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is now looking for another left back to come in and challenge Paul Dummett and others for the left-back spot.

And there are reports coming out of Italy that Rafa is after 24 year-old Palermo left back/left winger Achraf Lazaar as the manager looks to complete his squad of 25 players by the end of August.

Achraf-Lazaar

24 year-old Moroccan International Achraf Lazaar

West Ham have been  interested in the player for a while and if that remains true it will be very difficult to persuade the 24 times capped Moroccan International to join Newcastle in the English second division.

The report is in Tuttomercatoweb that Rafa is hoping to beat West Ham to the Casablanca-born solid defender.

West Ham are long term admirers of the player,but maybe West Ham are not that interested in signing the Moroccan and if that’s the case maybe Newcastle can get him to Tyneside, but the manager would have to move very quickly for that to happen.

The timing may be right for Newcastle, since Palermo seem ready this summer to part with the player who joined them in January, 2014 from Varese.

The Italian report is that Newcastle are actively pursuing the 24 year-old, so it could happen and the 5ft 8ins tall left-back would be an excellent addition to the Newcastle squad – a high quality addition.

While he was born in Casablanca, he moved in Italy with his parents back in 2003 and joined the Varese’s youth system at the age of fifteen,

While at Varese he played 46 games with one goal and one assist and he has played 76 games for Palermo with 3 goals and  6 assists.

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