Newcastle head queue for explosive French attacker Man Utd and Arsenal have both scouted

Martin Terrier, Rennes, October 2022 Credit: Alamy
Martin Terrier, Rennes, October 2022 Credit: Alamy

Newcastle United are leading the pack of Premier League sides who have registered an interest in their summer target Martin Terrier.

Terrier was one of Ligue 1’s most outstanding talents last season. Indeed, he was the league’s join third-top goalscorer, alongside Lyon’s Moussa Dembele.

The only players to outscore the pair were Wissam Ben Yedder and Kylian Mbappe.

Terrier’s 21 goals in the league were one of the main reasons for Rennes’ fourth-placed finish. That was their second-best finish since the 2006/07 season.

Clearly, Terrier is an impactful player, and that was noted by a few sides in the summer transfer window.

The two main suitors were Leeds United and Newcastle. The latter reportedly submitted a bid of £25million in an attempt to prise Terrier away from Rennes.

However, nothing came of the apparent bid, and the prolific forward has remained in France.

He has also remained in the goals, having scored eight in 13 games so far this season. That puts him joint fourth on the list of Ligue 1’s top goalscorers, one goal above Lionel Messi.

Host of sides keen on Terrier

Given the striker has remained in form in front of goal, it is no surprise that he is the subject of renewed interest.

Indeed, a number of Premier League sides have sent scouts to watch him this term.

That is according to a report from 90min. It states that Newcastle are among the pack, as are Manchester United, Arsenal, Leeds Leicester City, Wolves and Aston Villa.

Along with the Premier League sides, there is interest from clubs in both Germany and Italy.

Those scouting missions have all reportedly taken place over the past two weeks.

Newcastle head the pursuit

The report also states that Newcastle, Liverpool and Leeds all made contact with Rennes in the summer. However, contrary to previous reports, none submitted a bid.

With that being said, it could be Newcastle that are leading the pursuit, given they were in contact previously. While Leeds – who are still interested – also spoke with Rennes, they would likely not be able to pay as much as the Magpies.

That is why they might not be in as healthy a position. The report mentions the fee that Rennes would demand in order to see Terrier go – £30million.

That would mean Leeds would need to pay over their record fee for him. For Newcastle, Man Utd and Arsenal, it would not be a very big fee at all.

It remains to be seen whether anybody will bid, or who will strike first. However, Newcastle seem to be in a good position at this stage.

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