Newcastle United are reportedly keen on Barcelona’s Munir El-Haddadi.
According to The Guardian, Newcastle United have discussed a move for Barcelona forward Munir El-Haddadi – but Premier League rivals Crystal Palace are also interested.
The Magpies have snapped up six new signings since making Christian Atsu’s loan move permanent, with Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino, Jacob Murphy and Joselu all arriving at St. James’ Park.
However, Rafael Benitez has been frustrated in his attempts to bring other new signings to Tyneside, with no goals in two Premier League games suggesting more attacking reinforcements are needed.
Whether it’s a winger or another striker, Newcastle could stand to add more firepower – and The Guardian now claim that the Magpies are discussing a move for Barcelona’s Munir El-Haddadi before next week’s transfer deadline.
However, it’s added that Premier League rivals Crystal Palace are also interested, meaning that Benitez will hope to seal a deal and avoid missing out on another target this summer.
El-Haddadi, 21, joined Barca’s famed La Masia academy from Atletico Madrid in 2011, and was highly-rated with the Catalan giants – but he hasn’t quite developed as hoped.
Munir – who has one Spain cap to his name – has notched ten goals in 45 games for Barcelona, and was farmed out on loan to Valencia for the duration of last season.
The young forward – who can play out wide or up front – scored seven times in 35 games for Valencia last season, and whilst he has returned to Barcelona, he looks to have no future at the Camp Nou.
Newcastle could offer him an escape route, but with Palace also lurking, Benitez’s men will have to move quickly to snap up Munir before the transfer deadline.