Newcastle United are eying a summer deal for Brentford winger Said Benrahma, according to The Sun.
The Algerian has been a sensation in the second-tier for the Bees over the past two seasons, and has been pivotal to the Griffin Park outfit’s bid for promotion into the Premier League under Thomas Frank this term.
Benrahma moved to the Greater London outfit from Ligue 1 side OGC Nice in the summer of 2018 for just £1.5million, leaving our sensational forward Allan Saint-Maximin on the back of an eighth-place finish in the French top-flight.
Brentford would be set to make a vast profit on their investment if they were to sell Benrahma, with it believed Newcastle and Leicester City are ‘willing to pay’ £15m to land the 24-year-old’s signature at the close of the campaign.
Aston Villa have previously been credited with an interest in the three-time international, with reports last summer suggesting the Birmingham-based side would bid £20m having been attracted to Benrahma’s versatility after an 11-goal, 17-assist debut season in England across all competitions.
Benrahma has kept his name on the scoresheet throughout the 2019/20 season, and helped Brentford move fifth in the second-tier standings on Saturday with a hat-trick at Hull City.
The 5 ft 7 winger is now on a goal involvement of 14 for the league season having scored eight times and penned six assists over 26 appearances, of which 22 have come in the starting line-up.
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It remains to be seen whether Newcastle would present an offer for Benrahma in the summer, given head coach Steve Bruce refused to enter the bidding war for Jarrod Bowen before he joined West Ham United from Hull in a deal worth more than £20m.
Benrahma is averaging 4.3 shots per 90 minutes in the Championship this season, per WhoScored data, with the 24-year-old taking 2.7 of those from outside the penalty area. He is also averaging 2.7 key balls, 3.7 successful dribbles, 0.9 successful tackles and 0.2 successful aerial duels from 0.5 contents.
Bowen, meanwhile, averaged 3.6 shots per 90 minutes in the second-tier with Hull on route to 16 goals before leaving for East London, along with 1.5 key balls, 1.8 successful dribbles, 1.1 successful tackles and won 0.8 of 2.1 aerial duels.
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