Newcastle United were interested in Brentford playmaker Said Benrahma during the summer, according to a report from the Shields Gazette.
The Magpies had an incredibly eventful summer. Rafa Benitez departed and was replaced by Steve Bruce. And after a slow start to the window, the club showed some real intent by signing the likes of Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin.
The Shields Gazette has also suggested that they wanted Brentford star Benrahma and had considered a move for the Algeria international.
The report notes that Newcastle have set their sights on some of the brightest prospects from outside the Premier League. Benrahma was joined by the likes of Jayden Bogle and Jarrod Bowen on their radar.
Benrahma enjoyed an outstanding first season in England, scoring 10 goals and contributing 14 assists for the Bees in the Championship.
He is yet to make a significant impact this term, but it looks inevitable that he will be playing in the Premier League at some stage in the future.
TEAMtalk reported in March that Brentford wanted £30 million for the 24-year-old. It was also claimed that the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal were admirers.
Newcastle may have felt that it would have been too much of a gamble to pay that figure. Benrahma was excellent, but is now only in his second season at Griffin Park.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle continue to monitor the youngster. Should he show glimpses of his form from last season, the Magpies may well decide to take another look. Of course, they will have to expect even more competition for his signature.