Newcastle United target Ghanaian defender Kasim Nuhu

Newcastle United target Ghanaian defender Kasim Nuhu
Kasim Nuhu

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jun 02, 2018. 09:00

Premier League club Newcastle United are reportedly closing in on the signing of Ghanaian defender Kasim Nuhu from Swiss side Young Boys.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a great 2017/18 season in the Swiss Super League, making 32 appearances and scoring two goals as Young Boys claimed the championship.

His performances have attracted attention from across Europe, but the Magpies appear to be in pole position to secure his signature.

Manager Rafael Benitez is looking to overhaul his squad after successfully consolidating their Premier League status.

Swiss newspaper Blick claimed that last month that Newcastle were interested in the player, while FootballGhana now report that Nuhu’s representatives have opened talks with the club. The Black Stars centre-back is expected to cost £8m.

However, United are not the only interested party, with the clubs from Spain, Italy and France also said to be keen on the player, while more recent reports also have Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town as potential suitors.

Should Nuhu end up joining Newcastle, he will link up with fellow Ghanaian Christian Atsu, who has been on the Magpies’ books since 2016.

The Accra-born defender’s club career has seen him represent local side Medeama before moving to Europe in late 2013 to join Leganes, quickly followed by a transfer to Real Mallorca.

The Spanish side loaned him to Young Boys in 2016/17 and the Swiss side made the move permanent in July last year.

Nuhu made his Ghana senior national team debut in October last year, scoring a goal in a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Jeddah.

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