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Newcastle’s new Saudi-led regime targets Watford star Ismaila Sarr as first transfer target

EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle’s new Saudi-led regime sees Watford star Ismaila Sarr as its first transfer target … but stubborn Hornets are unlikely to sell their prized asset in January window

  • Newcastle have chosen Watford’s Ismaila Sarr as one of their first transfer targets
  • The Senegalese winger has impressed the newly promoted Hornets this season
  • Watford is unlikely to consider a January deal for the 23-year-old attacker.
  • The Hornets believe he can reach a similar level to Man City’s Jack Grealish.


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Ismaila Sarr is an early transfer target for Newcastle as the club tries to build a team capable of challenging the strongest teams in the Premier League.

Despite playing for a struggling team, the Watford winger has drawn attention during his time in the top flight and Sportsmail understands that he is firmly on Newcastle’s radar.

Watford is unlikely to consider a January deal for the 23-year-old, who they believe is one of the best talents in the division.

Newcastle's Saudi owners have identified Watford star Ismaila Sarr as an early transfer target

Newcastle’s Saudi owners have identified Watford star Ismaila Sarr as an early transfer target

The owners, with Amanda Staveley (right) as a key figure, are charting their first market moves

The owners, with Amanda Staveley (right) as a key figure, are charting their first market moves

The owners, with Amanda Staveley (right) as a key figure, are charting their first market moves

Although Sarr is a different type of player than Jack Grealish, Watford believes he has the potential to reach a similar level. Grealish left Aston Villa to join Manchester City last summer for a British record of £ 100 million.

Newcastle is potentially the richest club in the world after the £ 305 million takeover by the Saudi Arabia-backed Public Investment Fund and while they are still looking for a permanent manager and technical staff, Sarr has been prominent in their thinking for some weather.

Sarr joined Watford from Rennes in the summer of 2019 in a deal worth up to £ 40 million, signing a five-year deal. In 31 Premier League starts, he has nine goals and four assists.

Newcastle considers Sarr (left) one of the league's best talents, but is unsure of a move in January

Newcastle considers Sarr (left) one of the league's best talents, but is unsure of a move in January

Newcastle considers Sarr (left) one of the league’s best talents, but is unsure of a move in January

He is a regular for Senegal and is expected to be a key part of their team for the African Cup of Nations.

“It’s scary,” said Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster. ‘How fast this guy is, I’ve never seen anything like this. Its acceleration is phenomenal.

“Not only is he fast, he goes down the wing and gets the ball into the area, but now he also scores goals.”

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