Newcastle have been credited with an interest in Senegalese attacker Ismaila Sarr by L’Equipe, who has allegedly already been the subject of a failed £26.8 million bid from Watford.
Toon fans have a pretty good sense of humour when it comes to unlikely links to players that appear way beyond the realms of probability.
But during this summer of discontent, supporters’ tempers are fraying, and patience is wearing thin, as the worrying issues shrouding St James’ Park are ignored by newspapers and websites who keep churning out transfer stories.
With Newcastle being effectively managerless, quite who is supposedly deciding on these ‘targets’ at the club, is not known.
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Some of the names – such as Sarr – just sound ludicrous.
If Rafa was staying, and had assurances, then maybe he would be a record-breaking signing we would be interested in.
Any potential new manager will have his own transfer wish-list
But what if he is leaving? A new manager is not going to want someone else’s signings. They are going to have their own mindset, with their own style of play, and players that will fit into it.
So there is simply no chance of Newcastle realistically approaching these players while the club is in limbo.
Fans have reacted to the latest links, and with each new rumour, you can see the social media reaction becoming increasingly cynical and angry.
Here are some of the replies to the Sarr story: