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Newcastle end Diafra Sakho transfer chase

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Sakho (l) scored 20 goals in Ligue 2 last season (©GettyImages)
Sakho (l) scored 20 goals in Ligue 2 last season (©GettyImages).

Newcastle United have ended speculation linking them with a move for FC Metz striker Diafra Sakho.

Sakho had been linked with a switch to the Magpies, and he impressed for Metz last season, scoring 20 goals and helping the club to a first place finish and promotion to Ligue 1.

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However, according to Sky Sports, the Toon aren’t interested in bringing the 24-year-old from Senegal to the Premier League.

Although Metz will be playing in France’s top division next term, their star player is not interested in staying with the club and is seeking a move away in the transfer window.

£2million target

The player only has one year left on his contract and could therefore be available for as little as £2million. He could now be set for a move to the Bundesliga – with Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 keeping an eye on the player.

Newcastle are in desperate need of options up-front, as Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong will return to their parent clubs at the end of the month, while Shola Ameobi’s contract is set to expire.

Key targets Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Bafetimbi Gomis have chosen to reject the Magpies’ interest in favour of other clubs.

Perez signing

Newcastle United have already agreed a deal to sign 20-year-old Ayoze Perez from Tenerife for £1.5million. The youngster put away 16 goals in Spain's second division last season and Alan Pardew feels he can develop into a top player on Tyneside.

Despite lacking options up-front, the club are now on the look out for a top quality striker, capable of filling the gap left by the departure of Remy at St James' Park, but do not feel Sakho is capable and will instead turn their attentions to other targets.

Ecuador striker

Enner Valencia, who has made himself noticed at the World Cup, where he has scored all three of Eduador’s goals in their opening two games, has been linked with a move to Newcastle, but will have to fight off interest from Everton, Tottenham and Porto to land the the 25-year-old.

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Newcastle United
Premier League
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