There is a report in Portuguese outlet A Bola that a Newcastle United were among a group of Premier League clubs that had scouts at Porto’s 4-0 win against Setubal on Saturday.
Newcastle have been linked with a few strikers who currently play for Porto over the past few seasons.
The most recent link was with Malian forward Moussa Marega, who Newcastle were reportedly tracking this summer. However, the player has a release clause of over £30m and is 28-years-old.
Another player that Newcastle had been linked is Ze Luis. Newcastle were reportedly interested in a loan deal for the striker when he played for Spartak Moscow in January 2018. However, the Cape Verdean international is also 28-years-old and just joined Porto this summer from Spartak Moscow in an £8m move.
The third striker that Newcastle have had past interest in is Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar. Newcastle were linked with 27-year-old in the summer of 2017.
Newcastle most likely were not in Porto to watch any of these players as they no longer fit the policy of buying younger players. However, they may have been taking a look at some of Porto’s players that do meet the profile.
Incidentally, Porto manager Sergio Conceicao was linked to Newcastle’s vacant managerial job this summer before saying he was not interested. Porto was also knocked out of Champions League qualifying round last week by Krasnodar which is where former Newcastle midfielder Remy Cabella plays.
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