Over the weekend, French journalist Loic Tanzi tweeted of Newcastle’s brewing interest in Bordeaux’s Sekou Mara. The young striker’s future with Les Girondins is uncertain after the club’s plunge into the third tier of French football.
Sport Witness has cited a report from Foot Mercato that Newcastle could enter a three-way battle with Leeds and Aston Villa for the talented 19-year-old. Though as of yet no official offer has been made.
Tanzi claimed Bordeaux would accept a bid of around £13m plus a sell-on clause for Mara despite inking him to a new three-year deal in March. Their financial situation could make a deal for the striker relatively straightforward.
The report from Foot Mercato claims Newcastle’s interest is ‘very concrete’ though there could be some hesitancy on the player’s part. That seems a bit strange considering Bordeaux’s dicey situation.
However, after the sage with Hugo Ekitike, Newcastle should make certain Mara would be eager to come to St. James’ Park. There is no time to waste if the youngster is lukewarm on Newcastle like his talented compatriot.
Another French forward also remains of interest. 90min is reporting The Magpies are still in the mix for PSG’s Arnaud Kalimuendo. The 20-year-old has been on the radar since April. A move to Leeds has seemingly stalled.
Kalimuendo has impressed new PSG boss Christophe Galtier, who now wants to take a longer look at the young striker. It is still a longshot that he’ll remain in Paris with their impressive array of forwards which now includes Ekitike.
Kalimunendo’s fee will most likely top the £20m though he has more experience than Mara having spent the past two seasons on loan with Lens. The France U21 international is also being tracked by Everton, Crystal Palace, and Brighton.