According to reports, Newcastle United will make another effort to acquire Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir during the January transfer window.
According to Spanish publication Fichajes, the Magpies have long had their sights set on Fekir, a France international who has earned 25 caps for his country. However, an offer made to Fekir in the summer was rejected.
The Estadio Benito Villamarin has been kind to the offensive midfielder who came from Lyon in a transfer for up to £24 million in 2019. Fekir was a key cog in Los Verdiblancos’ 2020/21 campaign, in which they finished in sixth position and won the Copa del Rey in a penalty shootout against Valencia.
Former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praised Fekir’s performance against Betis, saying, “Nabil was the first one who wanted to score, yet there was no passion to do so.” His scoring and lack thereof over extended periods of time have always been of a very high calibre. What he lacks in star power, he makes up for with dedication to the team.
Betis advanced to the Europa League quarterfinals on Thursday night thanks in large part to a strike from Fekir, who has been outstanding this season with three goals in 10 games across all competitions.
The 29-year-old midfielder has signed a contract extension that keeps him with the club until the summer of 2026. However, rumours persist that he will soon be leaving for the Premier League, with clubs like Arsenal, West Ham United, and Newcastle all all showing interest. According to reports, the Magpies are in the driver’s seat, and a transfer price of £39 million would be enough to send Fekir to Tyneside.
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