NEWCASTLE want Ismaila Sarr as their first transfer after their £305million Saudi-backed takeover, according to reports.
But Watford are reportedly unwilling to accept anything less than £100M for the winger.
As a result, the Hertfordshire side will reportedly dig their heels in and demand the same money as Manchester City paid Aston Villa for Grealish this summer.
The Magpies are now one of the world’s richest clubs.
And although they are yet to appoint a new manager after sacking Steve Bruce, club chiefs are said to have fancied Sarr for some time.
Watford signed Sarr from Rennes in the summer of 2019 for £40m.
The Senegalese signed a five-year deal and has scored nine goals and provided four assists in 31 Premier League starts.
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He is a full international and is expected to play a key role in Senegal’s attempt to win the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster recently described the winger as frightening.
The veteran stopper said: “He is frightening.
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“How fast this guy is, I’ve never seen anything like it.
“His acceleration is phenomenal.
“Not only is he rapid, getting down the wing and putting the ball into the box, but now he’s scoring goals as well.”
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