Newcastle are leading the race for Brentford ace Said Benrahma, it’s claimed.
The 24-year-old is a rising star in the Championship ranks this season.
Having joined the Bees in July 2018 from Nice, Benrahma has become a mainstay in their midfield.
He’s now racked up 66 appearances in west London, scoring 18 goals.
However, his impressive performances haven’t gone unnoticed by two Premier League big hitters.
The Toon are sniffing around, along with Arsenal.
According to the Northern Echo , Steve Bruce has the upper hand, though.
It’s suggested Newcastle have a long-running interest and scouted him during his stints with Chateuroux, Ajaccio, Angers and Nice.
The Bees, however, won’t let him leave west London on the cheap.
It’s thought he’ll cost in excess of £20m and Brentford are currently under no pressure to sell.
Arsenal are eyeing another exciting star as well.
Ex-Leeds forward Noel Whelan has suggested the Gunners will now battle with their Premier League rivals to sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.
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“There’s no doubt they need to freshen it up [at the back],” he told Football Insider .
“He’s been linked with moves back to Chelsea, he’s been looked at by Arsenal. There’s a lot of clubs looking at Nathan Ake.
“Since leaving Chelsea he’s really come on leaps and bounds and developed into a very good centre half.
“But I think now, come the end of the season, no matter where Bournemouth end up, whether they’re still in the Premier League or they get relegated, I think it’s probably time for him to take that step up to a big club.”