Newcastle amongst clutch of clubs chasing Ligue 1 goalkeeping prodigy

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Newcastle amongst clutch of clubs chasing Ligue 1 goalkeeping prodigy

Napoli and Roma are ready to offer over €10m for FC Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont, according to L'Equipe.

Lafont has been linked with several clubs over the past couple of years, and Rafael Benitez would be up against strong competition should he make a move to sign the 19 year old.

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French newspaper L'Equipe are reporting that Newcastle are interested in Lafont but will face serious competition from Napoli, with the Serie A side keen for the France under-23 global to replace Pepe Reina who is poised to join Milan at the end of his contract this summer.

They face stiff competition, as Roma also want Lafont in Serie A, while overseas there is interest from Arsenal, Newcastle United, Watford and even Real Madrid.

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Lafont was handed his debut in 2015 at the age of 16, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Nice, and the teenager has held the number one jersey ever since, attracting attention from clubs around Europe.

Newcastle also have Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot in their ranks too, but Lafont, despite his tender age, would perhaps blow them all out the water if he made a shock move to St James' Park at the end of this season.

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