Newcastle United have reportedly been handed a boost in their bid to sign Watford’s highly-rated winger Ismaila Sarr.
The Senegal international joined the Hornets from French club Rennes in a £27million deal in the summer of 2019 and has endured a mixed time at Vicarage Road.
Despite scoring five goals and providing six assists in 30 appearances during his maiden campaign with Watford, Sarr was unable to prevent his side suffering relegation from the Premier League.
He went on to play a key role in their successful attempt to bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt as they secured promotion as runners-up to Norwich City.
But life in English football’s elite proved to be a challenge once again as the Hornets were relegated back into the Championship, despite Sarr showing flashes of his undoubted ability playing on both wings and, on occasion, as a lead striker.
The 39-times capped Senegal forward is now expected to seek a move to a Premier League club and Magpies manager Eddie Howe is believed to be keen on securing a deal to take him to Tyneside.
After a move for Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby was reportedly shelved after concerns over the demands of the Bundesliga club, United are said to be ready to move for Sarr and have held an interest in the Hornets star for a number of months.
Sky Sports News have reported Newcastle are ‘looking at’ the winger and have been told that Watford will consider ‘sensible offers’ for a player that has two years left on his current deal at Vicarage Road.
Magpies linked with Carrasco
Newcastle’s search to add a winger to their squad has also led them to considering a move for Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco - according to reports in Spain.
Spanish outlet Marca have suggested the Magpies made a move for the Belgian in January and could revisit that interest during the summer.
Carrasco is currently holding talks over a new contract at Atleti and still has two years remaining on his current deal with the La Liga giants.
Newcastle are said to be monitoring the situation and will be ready to make a move if the negotiations do not come to a successful conclusion.