With Newcastle United finishing the season strongly, Eddie Howe’s side are in a good position this summer to bolster their squad.

They might not have European football to offer, but many players will have seen the ambition at the club, with players like Bruno Guimaraes coming in and excelling to help take the club in the right direction.

However, if they end up facing the likes of Tottenham for a player, then money will certainly be a tool in their favour, as Spurs might have Champions League football but not quite the same spending power.

We bring up these two clubs because they are the two who have been linked the most with Seko Fofana over the past few months.

The RC Lens midfielder took Ligue 1 by storm last season, as he became one of the best players in the league, which neither Tottenham nor Newcastle failed to observe.

In fact, the London club were avid watchers of the Ivory Coast international, reportedly travelling to see two of his games in April.

They were said to strongly appreciate what he has to offer, which was also the case for Newcastle, who were said to still be in the running around the same time.

About a month later, it was then reported the Magpies would not hesitate to take out the chequebook to get a deal done.

Well, we now know a price, as Foot Mercato claim Lens will want between €35-40m for their star, which is incidentally a similar amount to the one paid by Newcastle for the aforementioned Brazilian midfielder.

Down the player’s end, Fofana himself hasn’t ruled out a move, telling the media towards the end of the season that ‘not everything is a matter of wages’ and ‘everything is possible’ regarding his future.

Hope for Newcastle and Tottenham?