Paper Talk: Toon close on Cameroon striker; shock Arsenal boss talk

Date published: Tuesday 1st May 2018 8:26

Jose Mourinho’s No 2 has emerged as a shock contender for the Arsenal job, while Newcastle are putting plans in place to sign a £20million Angers frontman, according to Tuesday’s papers.



Newcastle lead Premier League rivals Brighton and Everton in the race to sign Angers striker Karl Toko Ekambi, according to reports.

The Cameroon star has reached double figures in Ligue 1 this season and his form in front of goal has caught the eye of a number of Premier League scouts, according to The Sun.

The former Socheaux man is rated in the £20million bracket and is also attracting the attention of LaLiga outfit Villarreal.

But reports suggest Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle are leading the charge, with Angers ready to cash in on their prized asset after the 25-year-old netted 25 goals in 64 appearances over the past two seasons.




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