FC Porto's Yacine Brahimi during the training session. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Martin Rickett/PA
Thursday Nov 08, 2018. 12:00
According to reports in Portugal, Newcastle United are keen on signing Algerian attacker Yacine Brahimi from Porto.
The 28-year-old French-born star will be out of contract with Porto at the end of the current season and could be sold for a cut-price fee in the January transfer window.
Newcastle are reported to be leading the race to secure the services of the Fennec Foxes player, but West Ham United and Everton are also monitoring the situation.
Brahimi could be sold for as little as £5million – a remarkably low fee considering he has been a top performer for the Dragons since joining from Granada in 2014.
Porto and Brahimi have tried to reach an agreement over a new contract, but talks have stalled. Should no deal be reached, the Algerian would leave the club on a free at the end of the season – hence the low fee quoted for a January move.
West Ham were reportedly interested a few months ago, but ended up landing other wingers such as Felipe Anderson. Everton similarly signed Richarlison in the summer.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has already signed one Algerian at the club when he brought in Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester City last term.