Newcastle United are interested in teenage sensation Abdulkadir Omur of Trabzonspor to add spark to their midfield options this month, according to the Sun.
They report that title-chasers Liverpool and Manchester City are both also tracking the 19-year-old playmaker, who has two goals and four assists to his name so far this season.
Trabzonspor will reportedly demand a fee of around £27m for Omur, which indicates Newcastle see him as a potential alternative to Miguel Almiron, for whom negotiations appear to have stalled in recent days.
With the calibre of the clubs chasing him and the sum of money involved, it would be a surprise if Newcastle won the race for Omur this month.
A fee of £27m would see Mike Ashley smash Newcastle’s transfer record by over £10m and is seems unlikely he could be persuaded to do that for a teenager with so much to prove; unless he is convinced Omur’s sell-on value will be even greater.
And even if Omur does pitch up in the north east this month, it is a huge ask of a teenager to move to a new country, a new style of football and become the catalyst for a survival bid.
Omur may have been likened to Lionel Messi, but at this stage of his career, this move would not make sense for either him or Newcastle.