Moses Simon, the Nantes winger, has recently had talks with Newcastle United; nevertheless, But Football Club reports that the Nigerian winger is now more likely to join Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.
The newly wealthy Magpies recently discussed Simon before turning their attention to Moussa Diaby of Bayer Leverkusen.
However, given the exorbitant price on the Frenchman’s head, Newcastle may be forced to turn their attention to other targets—or even return to earlier ones.
Money may not be an issue at St James’ Park, despite the fact that Saudi Arabian billionaires are funding events behind the scenes. The Telegraph reports that Newcastle’s summer spending plan will probably be less than £90 million.
Simon, though, is available for a reasonable price of about £10 million. The former Liverpool target also contributed eight goals and six assists for Coupe de France champion Nantes during a career-best 2021/22 campaign, demolishing Paris Saint-Germain in a spectacular 3-1 win for the Canaries. However, he is not quite as explosive or entertaining as Diaby.
However, according to Football Club, Simon and Newcastle have spoken “in recent weeks.” However, Brighton have passed them and moved into first place after focusing on Diaby.
According to the source, the Seagulls are prepared to pay Nantes’ asking price because they now have a sizable sum of money burning a hole in their pockets as a result of Yves Bissouma’s transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.
These assertions are supported by Own Goal Nigeria, who also notes that Brighton are currently the “frontrunners.”
It’s interesting to note that Simon acknowledged Leeds United had “come calling” back in January. However, it appears that for the time being, the Whites, like Newcastle, are searching elsewhere.
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