Newcastle have been linked with Genk’s 19-year-old left winger Leon Bailey, but other clubs have been interested in him for a while now including Chelsea.
Leon is attracting a lot of attention this season and there were a number of scouts at last Thursday’s Europa League game when Genk hosted Sassuolo and won the game 3-1.
Newcastle were represented at the game according to the Chronicle.
Leon Bailey – Genk left-winger – turned 9 in August
Leon was last season’s Belgian Young Footballer of the Year and he has so far played 59 times for Genk with 14 goals and 16 assists.
Bailey joined Genk last year from AS Trencxín who play in the Slovak Super Liga and he made his Belgian Pro League debut in August last year – just 12 days after turning 17.
Bailey scored his first goal for Genk on 21st November versus OH Leuven.
He is a skillful left winger with lots of pace and with Yoan Gouffran expected to leave at the end of his contract next summer, Leon is a potential replacement.
The surprise last year was that he received several offers from big clubs like Ajax and Chelsea, but he turned them all down last August to join Genk.
Chelsea would appear to be the favorites to sign Bailey although no formal agreement is in place.
But there are reports the London club may have an informal option on Bailey once he qualifies for an EU passport.
But if Newcastle are promoted back to the Premier League in May we could be a big draw for players like Leon and of course Rafa is well known for his persuasive powers.
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