Report explains why Sebastien Haller isn't keen on Newcastle move despite Benitez interest

General view of the top of the Stadium

Newcastle are reportedly interested in Sebastien Haller - but he isn't quite so keen on them.

General view of the top of the Stadium

According to Voetbal International, Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller isn't keen on a move to the Championship, with Newcastle battling Monaco for his signature.

Haller, 22, came up through the ranks with Auxerre in his native France, and after eight goals in 37 games, he left the club in January 2015 order to join Utrecht in the Eredivisie.

General View of the Stadion Galgenwaard - FC Utrecht

It's fair to say that Haller has taken well to Dutch football in his 18 months there; with 11 goals in 17 games during the second half of the 2014/2015 campaign leading to a permanent move, Haller then hit 19 league goals last season and another five in cup competitions.

Unsurprisingly, that 24-goal campaign appears to have attracted major interest, with Voetbal International reporting that Newcastle United are keen to land the powerful striker.

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Rafael Benitez is short of a target man as competition for Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Haller certainly fits the bill. The Frenchman stands at 6ft 2in tall, possessing great strength and aerial ability, making him a perfect player to compete with Mitrovic at St. James' Park.

However, Benitez may find it difficult to land Haller. Voetbal International report that Haller isn't so keen on making a move to the Championship, as he is aiming to play at a higher level than England's second tier.

Newcastle may well be back in the Premier League next season, meaning Haller – who only just turned 22 last month – may not have long to wait if he does move to Tyneside, but the Magpies have major competition too.

General View of the Stadion Galgenwaard - FC Utrecht

The report claims that Monaco want to bring Haller back to France in a bid to bolster their attacking options, but even that doesn't seem appealing to the striker, who prefers the Premier League or the Bundesliga to a return to France.

With an alleged asking price of £7m, Newcastle may well be able to afford Haller, but convincing him to make the move to St. James' Park may be a much more difficult battle.

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