French media outlet Foot Mercato are reporting that Premier League club Newcastle are tracking 18-year-old French winger Bilal Brahimi who plays for Middlesbrough.
The winger only joined Boro last summer, and he was brought in from Portuguese side Leixoes.
He was born in Paris and is of Algerian descent and played regularly last season for the Middlesbrough U18 and U23 sides.
18-year-old Middlesbrough forward Bilal Brahimi
He generally plays on the left wing but Brahimi can play up front or on the right wing, so he is a versatile forward who shows great promise.
Rafa and his recruitment team are keen to bring the best young players to Newcastle so they can be developed to be future first-team players at the club.
That’s part of Rafa’s strategy at the club.
With Newcastle also interested in Boro’s Adama Traore – maybe it could turn out to be a double swoop this summer on our north-east neighbors.
Liverpool and Everton are two other clubs interested in the player and Spanish clubs Valencia and Real Betis are also interested.
The report is that he scored 8 goals and had 14 assists in 25 total games he played last season for the Middlesbrough U18 and U23 teams combined.
There may be a discrepancy there since the usually reliable Tranfermkt report those figures are 19 games played with 3 goals scored with 2 assists.
There are no stats for him on the Middleborough website.