Newcastle keep a close eye on No.10 Algeria international

Magpies have stepped up our summer chase of Brentford forward Said Benrahma after scouting the winger ‘revelation’ with Middlesbrough.

Toon chiefs are said to have attended the Bees’ 3-2 victory over Boro on the weekend as they kept a firm eye on the Griffin Park outfit’s prolific frontline, which has scored 52 goals in 31 Championship games this term.

Only second-tier leaders West Bromwich Albion have found the back of the net on more occasions than the Bees, who boast two of the division’s top-ten leading scorers in 24-year-old Ollie Watkins (20 goals in 31 matches) and 20-year-old Bryan Mbeumo (12 goals in 29 games).

Watkins and Mbeumo were not the primary focus for the Toon scouts who attended Brentford’s game with Boro, as they kept firm attention to Algeria international’s exploits following his hat-trick with Hull City earlier in the month.

The three-time Algeria international’s treble moved his account for the term to eight while holding six assists next to his name for a second-tier goal involvement of 14. Reports claimed interest in Said days after his hat-trick at the KCOM Stadium while suggesting Toon chiefs were willing to pay £15m in the summer.