25-year-old may have made his final appearance for Newcastle as clubs circle - report
By Abigail Withey
Defender Achraf Lazaar may have made his final appearance in a Newcastle strip as he looks likely to make an exit from the club soon, according to a report.
The Chronicle has revealed that the 25-year-old has attracted interest from a number of European clubs including Atalanta, Bologna and Genoa with Real Betis leading the race for the fringe player.
The newspaper claims on their website that the Moroccan may have played with the Newcastle squad for the last time on Wednesday night during the Magpies’ 3-2 loss to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup at St, James’ Park.
It is understood that Newcastle bosses are keen to offload the left-back in order to fund some last minute transfer deals before deadline day next week.
Lazaar joined the Tyneside club last summer from Palermo in a deal worth close to £3 million, but he failed to impress during his debut season.
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During the previous campaign the 17-capped Morocco international made just nine appearances for the club across a number of different competitions.
Football Insider verdict
Offloading the left-back should be on the top of Rafa Benitez’ to do list this week. The defender hasn’t had much of an impact at the club and it’s doubtful that he would make much difference to the squad after their disappointing set of results so far. Real Betis would be a good destination for the Moroccan as he is eager to remain in a top division within Europe. The defender was used sparingly last season, and with a jump up to the Premier League he doesn’t look in Benitez’ plans. Lazaar’s sale will be able to recoup some of the fees spent on new signings or could go towards any final arrivals with the Toon boss has his eye on.
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