Agent Talks Will Decide If Magpies Closer To 10th Signing

The agent of Palermo defender Achraf Lazaar is holding talks today in Milan with Palermo Sporting Director Daniele Faggiano to see what’s going to happen with the left-back.

Lazaar has just one year left on his contract at Palermo and a number of clubs have already enquired about the 24 year-old, with Newcastle reported to be one of the clubs favored to sign him.

Achraf Lazaar

24 year-old Palermo defender Achraf Lazaar

TMW are reporting that discussions are going on right now in an attempt to sort out the future of the 16 times capped Moroccan International defender.

If the decision is that he will leave Palermo this month Newcastle and Rafa Benitez still have to persuade the defender that his future lies in the English second division – at least for this season.

That’s not always easy to do even with Rafa’s legendary persuasive powers.

West Ham are also said to be interested in signing the player and there was news last week they were even close to a deal, so if they are still interested it could be tough for Newcastle.

Lazaar joined Palermo back in January, 2014 from Varese, where he played 46 games with one goal and had one assist; he has played 76 games for Palermo with 3 goals and 6 assists in the last two and a half years.

He would be a good acquisition for Newcastle – if we can get him – and we do need to sign a left-back this month.

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