Report: Napoli, Leicester and Brighton register interest in Newcastle's Yasin Ben El-Mhanni as contract talks stall

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

The Newcastle United winger could be sold this summer with Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion among those lurking.

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni of Newcastle United and Ryan Ledson of Oxford United in action during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Oxford United and Newcastle United at Kassam...Newcastle United winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni

Napoli, Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion have registered an interest in Newcastle United winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni after contract talks stalled, according to The Sun.

Newcastle acquired El-Mhanni from non-league football last summer, but the 21-year-old is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

Newcastle are said to want to send him on loan this term, although their plan could be scuppered if he fails to extend his deal.

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

And it is claimed the Magpies 'could be willing to do business on a permanent deal' should the right offer come in.

According to The Sun, Napoli, Leicester and Brighton are all 'lurking', despite El-Mhanni having played only 138 minutes of professional football.

But Leicester, of all clubs, are unlikely to be deterred by the player's lack of experience, given Jamie Vardy's rise from non-league football to the England national team in the space of three years.

Interestingly, El-Mhanni, who was once Neymar's body double, was often compared to Foxes winger Riyad Mahrez before his move to Newcastle.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City looks on during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at The King Power Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Leicester,...Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

Brighton wide man Solly March also began his career outside the Football League, with local side Lewes.

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