Newly promoted side Metz have held talks with Newcastle United about the possibility of striker Diafra Sakho moving to the north of England, according to Sky Sports.
The Magpies deny that they are going to sign the 24-year-old regardless of the rumours that the striker will be moving across the Channel. With the front line needing revamped after the departure of Shola Ameobi as well as the conclusion of the loan deals with Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, it was believed that Sakho could be an ideal target, with a price tag of around £2 million.
Other Newcastle targets
However, Alan Pardew’s side have other targets including Pierre-Michel Lasogga of Hertha Berlin and Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon.
Sakho scored 20 goals in 37 games last season as Metz won Ligue 2 to gain promotion to the top flight of French football. He is believed to be looking for a move away from the club despite the opportunity to play in Ligue 1, with clubs in Germany said to be interested. Sakho only has a year left on his current contract, so Metz could decide to sell to avoid losing out on a transfer fee.
West Ham make their move
West Ham have inquired about the availability of Reims midfielder Prince Onaingue as they look to make their third signing of the summer, reports Sky Sports.
So far Mauro Zarate from Argentinean side Velez Sarsfield and Cheikhou Kouyate from Anderlecht have moved to Upton Park as Sam Allardyce aims to build on last season’s performance. The Hammers finished in 13th after a tricky season with continual rumours about the future of Allardyce at the club.
Onaingue moved to Reims from Tours in 2013 and made 20 league appearances last season, scoring eight times. The midfielder was born in Paris but represents the Republic of Congo, so far making 14 appearances for the African side.
He played his part in Reims 14th place finish in last season’s Ligue 1 championship, ending up as the French team’s top goalscorer. He scored 11 goals in all competitions, scoring 5 more than another other member of the team.
Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has told reporters how glad he is that he didn’t sell Remy Cabella to Newcastle in January after the French star made the World Cup squad.
Cabella wants to leave the Ligue 1 side with Newcastle still interested, but Nicollin believes that a strong performance from the 24 year old could add an extra couple of million to the midfielder’s price. Cabella scored 14 goals in 37 games last year and could become part of the ever expanding French influence in Newcastle.
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