Nabil Fekir could finally have his long-awaited chance of a Premier League move three years after his dream collapsed at Liverpool.
The France international was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in 2018, with a £ 53million move reportedly close to being agreed.
Fekir could finally get his long-awaited Premier League chance
Having already signed Fabinho and Naby Keita, it looked like Fekir would be Philippe Coutinho’s replacement to complete a new midfielder.
However, the Reds decided to end the deal in the final stages and that led to a slew of conspiracy theories as to why.
Speculation about a persistent knee injury that caused problems during the medical examination began to circulate.
However, the ex-Lyon star, who joined Real Betis just 12 months later, has not had a knee problem since a slight blow in February 2018.
His form continued in Spain and Newcastle could finally give Fekir the chance to ply his trade in England after their mega-money takeover.
According to Get French Football News, the Magpies have made initial contact with representatives of the 28-year-old about a move.
Now from Real Betis, Fekir appeared destined for £ 53million transfer to Anfield
If Fekir moved to Tyneside it would give him the opportunity to face Jurgen Klopp for the first time since his transfer debacle.
Speaking about the move this week, France International told BetisTV: “Everything was closed.
“I went through all the interviews, I spoke with Jurgen Klopp, he told me he loved me, we all did it and, when we were about to sign, there was problems with my representative and the negotiation failed.
“They said it was because I had knee problems, but the truth was proven over time. My knee is super good.
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Fekir was set to join Liverpool from Lyon before move collapsed
Fekir has lifted the veil on the botched deal several times since leaving Lyon two years ago after previously admitting his state of mind.
“It was a dark moment,” Fekir told The Times.
He added: “I had a problem with my agent, my advisor. He was the agent responsible for the failure of the transaction.
“Of course I was disappointed not to go to Liverpool, very disappointed because Liverpool are a great club. “
Fekir was almost signed to replace Coutinho, but he could now usurp the Brazilian as Newcastle’s number one target to kick off his new era.