Juventus youngster reveals he rejected Newcastle, Arsenal and Spurs

Newcastle United

Kingsley Coman claims there was interest from the Premier League trio before he moved to Italy.

The 18-year-old joined Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain this week after breaking into the Ligue 1 side's first team last year.

However, Coman claims the move was just one of several options, with Newcastle United, Arsenal and Tottenham all apparently interested in the midfielder.

The youngster is highly rated across Europe and insists the 'history' behind Juventus as a club was what inspired him to move to the Serie A champions.

"There were Newcastle, Arsenal and Tottenham interested in me too," he is quoted as saying by.

"But I have chosen Juventus because I love their history. This was the club of [Michel] Platini, [Zinedine] Zidane and [David] Trezeguet."

Had Newcastle signed the 18-year-old, it would have been Alan Pardew's fourth signing of a productive transfer window thus far, with Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback and Siem de Jong already having moved to St James' Park.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have been kept busy with their ongoing pursuit of Alexis Sanchez but Arsene Wenger has not been averse to signing young starlets in the past. A recent example of such a move was Serge Gnabry, who has flourished at youth level for the Gunners and has also made an impact on the first team.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly been busy scouring the transfer market, too, with a £5 million bid being prepared for another young starlet: Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles.

Should Coman go on to enjoy success with Juventus, though, the Premier League may sigh at the passing of another missed opportunity. There are, however, plenty more fish in the sea, so to speak.

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