Achraf Lazaar of Newcastle looks on

By Danny Wright

Serie A side Benevento are one of a number of clubs looking to sign Newcastle full-back Achraf Lazaar before the end of the transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.

Newcastle Chronicle chief sports writer Lee Ryder claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that the Italian club are plotting a late swoop for Lazaar, 25, after he failed to make an impression on Rafa Benitez in his debut season at St. James’ Park.

Having signed in the summer of 2016 from Palermo, the 17-times Morocco international has made just 10 appearances for the Magpies, with just one of them coming in the opening four fixtures of the new campaign when he came off the bench against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup defeat last week.

The Chronicle has previously reported that as well as Benevento; Atalanta, Bologna and Genoa are also in the hunt for Lazaar with La Liga side Real Betis understood to be in pole position to seal an eleventh hour swoop.

Football Insider Verdict

It’s highly unlikely that Newcastle will make much money off Lazaar, especially when teams like Benevento are joining the race. The Serie A new boys probably don’t have a lot to spend and that means Lazaar may be available on a seriously cheap deal. Either way it’s no use for Benitez to have deadwood like the Moroccan on the books at St. James’, especially when the Spanish manager has found it so hard to strengthen his squad this summer. It’s going to be a very stressful couple of days for the Toon Army, and their old motto of ‘in Rafa we trust’ may be used over and over again until the window shuts.

In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are plotting a stunning late raid of Liverpool for this underused star.

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