Mohamed Elyounoussi is a target for Rafa Benitez in the January transfer market according to an exclusive on Friday.

The 23 year old is a winger for Basel, who can also play through the middle.

Arriving from Norwegian club Molde only 18 months ago he has become the Swiss club’s star man.

Last season he managed 13 assists and 10 goals, whilst this time has already contributed 11 assists and five goals.

Mohamed Elyounoussi has helped Basel qualify for the Champions League knockout stages and the winger/striker has been a key part in that, playing the full 90 minutes in the key 1-0 win over Manchester United last month.

Football Insider report that their ‘source’ says that Newcastle intend to outbid Southampton who have followed the player for some time.

A regular for the Norweigan national team, if Newcastle did indeed have real interest in the player then you have to think that Newcastle would have to break their twelve and a half year £16m transfer record to land Mohamed Elyounoussi.

The last 24 hours brought news of Mike Ashley having discussed the club’s takeover with Amanda Staveley on Wednesday night over a curry.

Though the reports claimed that whilst a deal was said to be still likely, it could take until February to conclude it.

However, it could still be possible for a new buyer to fund transfers in January in advance of a deal being concluded, if enough progress has been made in the meantime.

Football Insider:

‘Newcastle United are aiming to blow Southampton out of the water in the race to sign Basel and Norway winger Mohamed Elyounoussi, Football Insider sources understand.

Southampton have held a long-term interest in the attacker, but a well placed source has told Football Insider that Newcastle have now joined the race for Elyounoussi as Rafa Benitez looks to add some attacking guile to their side as they aim to secure safety in their first season back in the Premier League.

The source explained that the north east giants are ready to submit a bid for the international in the January window.’

After eight consecutive Swiss league titles, Basel actually occupy only second place at the minute, former Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu having helped Young Boys to top the table.