'Definitely possible': David Ornstein says £40m player really could leave in January after links with Newcastle
A Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth is slightly less glamorous than the World Cup final, but Newcastle fans will be buzzing their team are back in action.
The competition has acted as a brilliant platform for players to showcase their talents against top opposition.
Although no Newcastle player made it past the quarter-finals, their scouts would have still been watching the final stages.
That’s because, according to 90min, Eddie Howe’s side are interested in Moroccan midfielder Azzedine Ounahi.
Ounahi was one of the breakout stars of the tournament, and was instrumental to Morocco’s historic fourth-place finish.
The Angers midfielder’s energy and ability on the ball was particularly impressive, sat next to the combative Sofyan Amrabat.
Ornstein has now said that Ounahi could move in January, and his club would be willing to sell for the right price.
That price is reportedly £40m according to L’Equipe, who also believe Leicester City are interested.
Newcastle target Ounahi could move in January
Speaking to HaytersTV, Ornstein was asked if a move to a bigger club surely beckons for Ounahi.
“I think so. It’s a midfield trio of Amrabat, Ounahi and also [Selim] Amallah,” Ornstein said.
“Ounahi, he just signed a contract extension that gives him an extra year until 2026.
“However, there were already conversations with clubs in the Premier League, the Bundesliga and in La Liga before this tournament about a potential move.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he was to go. I think Angers would be willing if the price was right and so that’s definitely one to watch because he was extremely impressive.
“It’s not certain, but a January move is definitely possible off the back of this World Cup performance.”
Ounahi’s dribbling ability would make him a strong alternative to Joelinton.
Although the Brazilian’s defensive stats have been through the roof this season, making him hard to replace.
Howe’s main problem at Newcastle right now is having the necessary quality throughout the squad.
If a few key players are injured, there could be a big drop off in performances.
Ounahi could now be available to move in January, and it would be hard for Newcastle not to seriously consider making an offer.
The Moroccan is clearly already in exceptional form, and looks more than capable playing against the world’s top players.
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