Leeds join Newcastle in battle to sign ‘complete striker’
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Sekou Mara is wanted by Newcastle, although teams like Aston Villa and Leeds United are competing for his services.

Hugo Ekitike, the State de Reims star, turned down the opportunity to join the Magpies in favour of moving to Paris Saint-Germain.

Ekitike was regarded as a perfect prospect to develop for the future because he already had a significant impact in France.

Missing out on him was a setback, but Newcastle appears interested in signing another young French footballer with attacking potential.

Sekou Mara, the Bordeaux attacker, was the subject of inquiries from Newcastle, according to reports from the Daily Mail over the weekend.

Foot Mercato has since confirmed that information, asserting that Newcastle’s interest is “quite concrete” but that no agreement was in place.

Additionally, according to that source, Leeds United and Aston Villa, two opponents in the Premier League, had joined Newcastle in the pursuit of Mara.

Last season, Mara, 19, played just eight league matches, but he still scored six goals for Bordeaux.

In France, Mara has even been praised as a “complete striker,” so there is a lot of anticipation for the young player’s future.

Arnaud Kalimuendo is another promising young French attacker that Leeds has been after, but it might be more difficult to convince him to leave Paris Saint-Germain than first thought.

Mara may become a very realistic objective for Leeds since Bordeaux is now not in a position to put up much of a fight.

Newcastle appears to be the most interested party, but Leeds and Villa are also in the mix right now because all three are looking to add attacking players.

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