Newcastle United are set to make a move for Kasim according to reports in Switzerland on Saturday morning.

The centre-back’s full name is Kasim Adams Nuhu but he just goes under the one name.

He has had a stellar season along with his teammates, as Young Boys have broken Basel’s stranglehold on the Swiss title.

They have done it in some style as well, as today they go into the final match (away at Grasshoppers Zurich) of the season, 13 points clear, having won the title some weeks ago.

Kasim turns 23 in June and is already a full international for Ghana.

Swiss newspaper Blick report that the 6ft 3 central defender is all but certain to leave Young Boys this summer and that Newcastle United are leading the chase.

The player’s preference is said to be either England or Germany, with clubs from Russia and the Ukraine having also registered their interest.

Kasim has played 31 of the 35 league matches so far, scoring two goals and picking up 10 yellow cards.

The Swiss media believe that it is inevitable that after this season’s stunning success, this Young Boys team will lose many of its top players, as clubs from bigger leagues target them.

As well as Kasim, former Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu is another who they think is almost certain to leave, with a return to England said to be his preference. A transfer fee of at least £5m would be needed for Mbabu, Newcastle having received only a nominal fee when he was allowed to leave last summer, hopefully a clause existed in his sale which would allow Newcastle to profit if he does move on.

Kasim is rated at a minimum of £7.5m if any club makes a move and he also has a clause in his contract, which Blick says would see his former club Leganes pick up 50% of any sale price.

Newcastle United were actually first linked with Kasim nine months ago.

Newcastle scouts were in attendance at the Wankdorf stadium back in August to watch him in s a Champions League play-off between Young Boys and CSKA Moscow.

On the night the first leg was decided by a dramatic own goal from Kasim in the 91st minute.



  • Mxpx

    Not sure we should be focusing on cbs right now I think we’re covered there… Would love to see a lb come in though

    • Kneebotherm8

      Agreed………..Dummett could cover CB and LB positions…………he’s played CB for us before and looked good in that position…..

      • mentalman

        We’ve got mbemba who us probably the most technically gifted cb but can’t get near the bench

  • Tweed Mag

    He will also appreciate the chance to play at a stadium without such an unfortunate place name. Or maybes not.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Ours should have a similar name with Ashley at the helm……….maybe the Pssdorf Stadium……

  • Kneebotherm8

    Who’ll we be signing tomorrow?………

    • Fireman Sam

      Bas dost and Andy Carroll

      • Kneebotherm8

        Maybe not tomorrow……….but guaranteed within the next 85 days…..😂😂

      • Mxpx

        Unless Peter odemwingie shows up

      • Albert Stubbins

        More likely daz boot !!

  • Leazes.

    ‘Joined up thinking’ Graham? If money is as tight as reported is it likely that Benitez will waste a penny on positions where we are well catered for? From the Swiss League? Good god man think before you post!

    • Jate Legend

      With you on this one. No way this guy is coming to the Toon.

    • steveS100

      We have no cover at CB. We all saw what happened when Lascelles was injured. Clark isn’t up to it and although Dummett can cover, it’s far from ideal. Without Lascelles injury we might have finished 8th (so maybe another £4m in prize money). Benitez was on record about our exposure to injury and CB is one ares where we are exposed the most. If he’s any good (IF) then at £7.5m it would be money well spent.

      • Leazes.

        We just sold the prospect Lewis Gibson CB to Everton for the money they are quoting….. its nonsense!

        • steveS100

          Gibson wasn’t under contract, so free to leave without our agreement. Newcastle however get compensation which ‘could’ (but then again might not) rise to £6m. In passing it’s a sad reflection of our lack of investment in the youth set up. Whether Kasim is a real target (and at what price) none of us really know. My point was about the strong need for cover at CB.

          • Leazes.

            From the Swiss league to the Premiership….I’m haunted by spectre of Marc Hottiger.

          • steveS100

            On the other hand Mo Salah did cut his teeth at Basel…

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Involuntarily

  • Fireman Sam

    Has anybody worked out what the elephant shaped extra £37m on the wages is yet?

    • Leazes.

      That’s going to be a strange one there was something said about payments for players wages for the length of their contract (onerous contract provisions) but its not putting money aside in the club accounts……its leaving it in MASH accounts for the duration of the player contract…. I think he’s taken money that so he can use elsewhere….. doing a Robert Maxwell or a Philip Green…. very odd accounting.

      • Fireman Sam

        That’s something like what I though. Who actually owns the players? Who actually receives the TV money in the first instance?

        I think this years accounts are going to make even more interesting reading where he manages to magically reduce the clubs income.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Jeeeeezus efffffin Christ, come off it kidda, there is no magic wand here.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Centre Back is not at all needed we have 4 solid centre backs competing for 2 spots with Lascelles and Lejeune a solid first choice. With Clark and Mbemba to come in and none of them down to the last year of their contracts i think money should only be spent this summer where we need it. Kenedy, Dubravka for starters. Then a real top striker to replace the obviously leaving Mitrovic, a left back of real quality and possibly a new number 10. 5 players in all, quality over quantity.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Mbemba is not fancied by Rafa, reality is, if strong money comes in for Lacelles, he will want to go.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Left back? Do you not think the other side is more pressing?

      • Billmag

        Yedlin has improved under Rafa this season but needs to keep on improving, where as we need an upgrade on Dummett.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I only get to approx 10 games a season, mainly away. Yedlin had improved but to me, he’s the weakest defender, his pace gets him out of bother but positioning and decision making is poor. I’d like him kept at the club but right back and striker would be my priority.

          • Yedlin has vastly improved his defending since January and now makes his forward barrages more intelligently.
            Ideally, we need both fullback, but we can keep Manquillo as backup for Yedlin and get someone to compete with Dummett, which is more pressing at the moment.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Ideally, both would be back up to superstar full backs but I had been very impressed with Dummett until the last few games although was ok at Everton.

            If we got someone if Kennedy’s standard and a centre forward in, I’d be ok with the current back 4 to start next season. A stronger centre forward would also make Yedlin look a better player as the options are limited at times. I thought Slimani would help in that regard.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            Now you’ve just proven you don’t know what you’re talking about on the soccer end or the business end. Yedlin’s pace makes him irreplaceable. Especially in a Rafa led side that’s so often dependent on countering on a break. Our whole back 5 (including the keeper) should be our LAST priority. We need a new striker, #10 and a solid winger (or for Murphy to take a huge leap forward). All available resources should go towards addressing the part of the side that scored 39 goals over 38 games NOT the part of the side that gave up 47.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Now, you may have missed the bit where I said I’d be happy to start the season with the current back four, a new striker and a winger of Kenedy’s quality.

            Of the back four, I see Yedlin as the weak link but he could be an Ashkey Cole type if he had better positioning and simplified what he does going forward.

          • Not many teams have those and quite a few have it worse than us. Dummett and Yedlin need competition but I agree we most desperately need a better winger and CF as top priorities.

    • Billmag

      I would sell Mbemba he isn’t a CB, he’s not much good in the heading department.

    • Will sell Mbemba and Clark which leaves us with only Lejeune and Lascelles. I believe a lot of Championship clubs are looking at Clark who is a steal for 5-7m. Mbemba will probably be going back to Belgium for a similar fee.
      I would fancy us bringing both Kasim and Mbabu back who now have lots of experience and did very well in Europe too.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Kenedy 18 million, Dubravka 4 million, new striker 30 million, left back 10 million, new number 10 15 million total 77 million minus Mitrovic 20 million, Colback 2 million, Sels 2 million, 53 million net spend.