After being promoted to the third tier, Leeds joins Newcastle in a quest to sign a complete striker

After being promoted to the third tier, Leeds joins Newcastle in a quest to sign a complete striker ...

Newcastle United is in desperate need of Sekou Mara, but they face stiff competition from Aston Villa and Leeds United.

After the State of Reims talent decided to move to Paris Saint-Germain over St James Park, the Magpies have missed out on Hugo Ekitike.

Ekitike was viewed as an ideal talent to mold for the future due to his previous work in France.

Newcastle appears to want to add another young attacking player from French football.

Sekou Mara is a Newcastle United target.

Newcastle had enquired about Bordeaux forward Sekou Mara, according to Daily Mail reports over the weekend.

Foot Mercato has now backed up that Newcastle's interest is quite strong, but there was no agreement.

Aston Villa and Leeds United were also linked to Newcastle in the race for Maras' signature, according to the source.

Mara, 19, started only eight league games last season, but managed six goals for a dismal Bordeaux team.

Bordeaux has been relegated to the second tier, but their financial situation has forced them to fall into the third tier.

If there is interest in the Premier League, an exciting attacker like Mara would not want to be playing in the third division of French football.

Mara has even been hailed as a complete striker over in France, so there's great optimism about the youngster's future.

Leeds is looking for another exciting young French attacker, Arnaud Kalimuendo, although wooing him away from Paris Saint-Germain may be harder than initially anticipated.

Mara might be a very reasonable candidate for Leeds, since Bordeaux is unlikely to put up much of a fight at the moment.

Newcastle seems to be expressing its greatest interest, but you cant rule Leeds or Villa out right now because all three are interested in attacking signings.

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