Newcastle Twitter site NUFC 360 has tweeted the following claim from Arena. They are reporting that Newcastle have made an offer to 18-year-old Malaysian prodigy Luqman Hakim.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) June 18, 2020
As stated above Hakim was one of the Guardian’s top 60 youngsters of 2019. The striker was a standout during the 2019 AFF U-19 Youth Championship in which he scored 4 goals leading Malaysia to the semi-finals.
Last September, he committed to signing a 5-year deal with Belgian first division side K.V. Kortrijk, which is owned by Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. The deal was set to go through once he turned 18 in March.
However, the coronavirus may have scuppered the move for the time being with the young striker currently playing for the Malaysian club Selangor’s reserve team.
We’re not too sure of the youngster’s current situation with the Belgium club but it looks like a move to Newcastle could be in play.
Hakim is seen as the brightest prospect to come out of Malaysia and could become the heir apparent to the late Mokhtar Dahari, who scored 85 goals for the Malaysian national team in the 1970s and 80s.
Here’s a short YouTube video of the young striker.