By Harvey Byrne
European giants Napoli have registered their interest in sought-after Newcastle attacker Yasin Ben El-Mhanni after contract talks stalled between him and the club, according to a report.
The Sun have claimed on their website that the club from Naples alongside Premier League duo Leicester and Brighton have all been alerted to the 21-year-old left-winger with his Magpies future now thrown into doubt.
It is said that Newcastle have indicated that they want El-Mhanni to spend the campaign out on loan, but with only a year remaining on his contract in the north east he has not yet secured his future.
It is also detailed that the youngster realises that he needs to be playing regularly at his age, but chances at Newcastle would appear to be limited given their now Premier League status.
El-Mhanni himself has only made two appearances for the Newcastle first team to date with both coming in the FA Cup last season and it is reported that the club would be willing to allow him to leave permanently if the right offer came in.
Football Insider verdict:
El-Mhanni is a talented player in the Newcastle youth system. However, senior football is a completely different level and to have played just two times at his age shows that he may have a higher view of himself than what the club do. At 21 most players to be considered of high potential have made at least 50 appearances for their respective sides and have even been called up for their senior national team. That does not seem to be the case for El-Mhanni and if Napoli are calling then Newcastle may be better served letting him go.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have also made contact with a Euro giant over international forward.