Newcastle United are claimed to be in ‘advanced talks’ for the transfer of Vincent Aboubakar.
The 25 year old striker is currently with Porto but spent last season on loan with Besiktas, helping them to win the Turkish league title.
The Turkish club wanted to keep the forward on either a loan or permanent deal after he scored 19 goals in only 27 starts (plus 11 off bench) but Futbol Arena now report that Newcastle has muscled in, with Besiktas allegedly not able to compete with the finances Newcastle can offer in terms of transfer fee and wages.
Besiktas had been in transfer talks with Porto but the Turkish champions are now said to have now accepted defeat in terms of having the player at their club once again next season.
Vincent Aboubakar scored the winner for Cameroon in the 88th minute in the final of the African Cup of Nations earlier this season and has now scored 17 international goals in 35 starts (and three off the bench).
Qualifying for the Confederations Cup, the striker is currently in Russia with his national team, playing the whole 90 minutes on Sunday night as Cameroon lost 2-0 to Chile.
As always, like all transfer stories we believe them once they are completed but the Porto forward is showing upward progression in his career and scoring a decent amount of goals.
After scoring 17 goals for Ligue 1 side Lorient in 35 starts and three sub appearances, he was transferred to Porto for £2m as a 22 year old in summer 2014.
Scoring another 26 goals in 44 starts (18 off bench) in his first two seasons in Portugal, Vincent Aboubakar still struggled to hold down a regular first team spot and so went on loan to Besiktas last season, where he was an unqualified success with those 19 goals in only 27 starts (plus 11 off the bench).
Wherever he ends up, the striker will surely be looking for somewhere he will get regular football and/or playing at a higher level, such as the Premier League.
There have been claims over the weekend that Newcastle are close to bringing in more signings shortly, we wait to see whether Vincent Aboubakar, or any of the other linked players…will be amongst them.
It is two weeks today when pe-season training begins and the first friendly is at Hearts in 25 days time.