The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are looking to sign 20 year-old Virtus Entella full-back Cheick Keita.
The report is that the player has been watched by a number of clubs already this season, with his form having been outstanding in the Italian second division.
Cheick Keita – French-born 20 year-old left back
The Sun reports that Rafa wants to do a quick deal for the young defender before other big clubs make a move for him – so he would be one for the future at Newcastle.
Keita is left footed and usually at left-back for his club.
Keita has played over the last two seasons in the Virtus Entella first team and has made a total of 47 appearances for his club over that time.
Newcastle principally have Paul Dummett, Achraf Lazaar and Massadio Haidara as cover at left-back, with local lad Paul Dummett being the man in possession of the starting position at the moment.
But Rafa and Newcastle are always on the look-out for top young players who can be brought to Newcastle and improve under the coaching of Rafa on Tyneside.
Keita was born in Paris and is of Mali descent.