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Leeds join Newcastle in battle to sign ‘complete striker’

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Sekou Mara is needed by Newcastle, although teams like Aston Villa and Leeds United are competing for his services.

Hugo Ekitike, the State de Reims star, turned down the chance to hitch the Magpies in favour of moving to Paris Saint-Germain.

Ekitike was considered an ideal prospect to develop for the longer term because he already had a major impact in France.

Missing out on him was a setback, but Newcastle appears taken with signing one other young French footballer with attacking potential.

Sekou Mara, the Bordeaux attacker, was the topic of inquiries from Newcastle, in keeping with reports from the Each day Mail over the weekend.

Foot Mercato has since confirmed that information, asserting that Newcastle’s interest is “quite concrete” but that no agreement was in place.

Moreover, in keeping with that source, Leeds United and Aston Villa, two opponents within the Premier League, had joined Newcastle within the pursuit of Mara.

Last season, Mara, 19, played just eight league matches, but he still scored six goals for Bordeaux.

In France, Mara has even been praised as a “complete striker,” so there may be a number of anticipation for the young player’s future.

Arnaud Kalimuendo is one other promising young French attacker that Leeds has been after, but it surely may be harder to persuade him to depart Paris Saint-Germain than first thought.

Mara may change into a really realistic objective for Leeds since Bordeaux is not ready to place up much of a fight.

Newcastle appears to be probably the most interested party, but Leeds and Villa are also in the combination at once because all three want to add attacking players.

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