'I've heard he's got a buyout clause'- Exclusive: Newcastle tipped to sign ace who bullied Spurs
Darren Bent has tipped the prospective new owners at Newcastle United to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano after he bullied Tottenham earlier this season.
The former Sunderland and Spurs striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the centre-back would be the sort of ambitious signing that may tempt others into moving to St James’ Park.
The 21-year-old was a standout performer when Leipzig visited the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for their 3-0 Champions League win back in March.
Sky Sports report that a consortium backed by both the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund and the Reuben Brothers are on the brink of securing a takeover deal at Newcastle.
Bent believes that the France under-21 international would be the sort of marquee deal that would make waves across Europe and signal the club’s intentions under new ownership.
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Asked about potential statement signings for the new owners, Bent told Football Insider: “Upamecano, the centre-half at RB Leipzig, I’ve heard he’s got a buyout clause.
“If Newcastle want to make a statement, if they can go and get him, when you’re talking about the prices being bandied about for other centre-halves!
“He was absolutely brilliant for RB Leipzig this season, especially against Tottenham, he was fantastic. If they could go and get him as well, I’m telling you, he’s a top-quality player.
“Getting these top quality players would make others go: ‘Hmm, okay, I see how it is.'”
Upamecano has played 104 times across all competitions for Leipzig since joining from Valencienne back in 2015.
His contract is set to expire next summer, leaving Leipzig two transfer windows to cash in on his exit.
In other Newcastle United news, Bent admits he feels sorry for the fans after the latest on the takeover.