Newcastle United may look to swoop in for Ligue 1 midfielder Seko Fofana if RC Lens cannot meet his ambitions.
That is according to Robin Bairner, who believes that Fofana could look to depart Lens if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Bairner said: “If Lens make the Champions League this year, for example, you could see a player like Seko Fofana staying there, simply because of this bond that they’ve got.
“If they don’t make the top three, then again, potentially next summer, this could be a move that happens. Fofana is a player who has all the attributes to play in England, and Newcastle would surely be interested.
“But I imagine he is a player that most teams in England would be interested in, given what he’s produced. But again, it’s a case of whether Lens can keep up with his ambitions.”
A big ask
Despite finishing seventh in Ligue 1 last term, Lens will be expected to stick in and around the top three positions according to Bairner, which will be a tough ask in itself.
And ironically, Newcastle find themselves in a similar position.
Sitting in third, the Magpies will be looking to achieve a similar feat to Lens, with Champions League football proving more than illustrious from a player perspective.
There are a couple of factors that could sway the player to make the switch, so it’s a ‘wait and see’ type of scenario for the Ivory Coast midfielder who sits as Lens’ third-most influential attacking asset this season with three goals and two assists from 13 games.