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Newcastle United and Brighton have both been linked with Boulaye Dia and Sadio Mane is convinced his Senegal international teammate is destined for big things, speaking to France 3, via L’Union.

If this in-form striker can emulate the impact of Liverpool’s talismanic number 10 across the Channel, he will be one of the best bargain buys in the January sales, at just £13 million.

A Newcastle side who barely threatened a goal in their last two matches have been keeping a close eye on Dia.

And another underwhelming display from goal-shy Joelinton in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea further justified the Magpies’ plans to bring in a new attacker (Chronicle).

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Quick, versatile and lethal, Dia has scored eight times in nine Ligue 1 matches for Reims this season – a tally only bettered by Kylian Mbappe.

Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot admitted to Top Mercato last week he won’t stand in the 24-year-old’s way either if he is afforded an opportunity in the Premier League.

And Sadio Mane is confident a man who made his Senegal debut earlier this year won’t be at the Stade Auguste Delaune for long.

“Since the start of the season, I’ve been following him,” said the Premier League-winning forward.

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“I’m really impressed with his qualities. He will not stay at Reims, believe me!”

Brighton and Hove Albion were linked in the summer and the Chronicle reports Dia is still on the radar of Graham Potter’s side.

The Seagulls play some of the prettiest passing football in the league but fine performances against Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea were undermined by the lack of a clinical touch in the final third.

However, in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa, Danny Welbeck finally provided the kind of ruthless finish Brighton have been crying out for throughout the Potter era.

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