Newcastle United have ‘set their sights’ on Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir but may face frustration in any attempt to secure his signature.
With the Magpies takeover by a Saudi investment group edging ever closer, a big summer transfer window has been anticipated at St James Park.
The new owners are believed to be keen on a big summer spree, with several big names, including managers, already linked with a move to Newcastle.
World Cup winner Fekir is the latest to add to it, according to Marca, who say the Magpies are targeting the Frenchman.
The 26-year-old has rediscovered his form in Spain since arriving at Betis from Lyon in a £17m move last summer, scoring seven goals and registering six assists in 23 games so far.
That form has sparked speculation that several big clubs could try to poach him this summer and now Newcastle are seemingly among them.
However, they will face frustration should they make a move, with Marca revealing that the player has no intention of leaving the La Liga club this summer.
According to the newspaper, he has told the club he intends to stay for another year, regardless of the ‘many teams’ that are interested in him.
That has settled any debate about his future, although he still may depart if either one of the big clubs come calling, namely Barcelona and Real Madrid or if Betis are forced to sell should their budget be struck by the Coronavirus outbreak.