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If Newcastle United do land Bertrand Traore this summer then Sunderland may be left asking questions over what might have been, as they tried to land the winger just two years ago.

The Daily Mail claim that Sunderland wanted Traore just after they were relegated to the Championship, but they could not finance a deal for the forward, who was then valued at £17.5 million.

The Ivorian has since gone on to impress in France with Lyon, and Newcastle are now believed to be taking an active interest in the rapid attacker.

Foot Mercato says that Newcastle’s potential new owners want to bring Traore to St. James’ Park this summer, as they look to improve the quality of the Magpies’ squad.

Traore has netted five goals and claimed four assists this term, and would add more pace to Newcastle’s attack.

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With Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron already at St. James’ Park, Newcastle would start to look a real threat on the counter with Traore also in their squad.

And if Traore does excel on Tyneside then it could just make Sunderland supporters even more disappointed that they weren’t able to agree a deal for the former Chelsea man back in 2018.

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