Newcastle United set to make transfer move for Kasim – Reports
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.
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