Date: 12th March 2018 at 8:28pm
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Newcastle are amongst a clutch of clubs chasing teenage Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont – who established himself as the Ligue 1 side’s number one at 16 years of age.

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 international to replace Pepe Reina who is poised to join Milan at the end of his contract this summer.

Persuading the 19-year-old to swap the Stadium de Toulouse for St James’ Park would be a major coup for Rafa Benitez, and there is no understating just how ambitious a move it would be by the United boss to make a concerted effort to obtain one of Europe’s most exciting goalkeeping prospects.

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.

Known for his lightening quick reflexes, news of Benitez’s interest in Lafont will cast doubt over the futures of keepers Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and, United’s own prodigy, Freddie Woodman, especially with Martin Dubravka likely to sign a permanent deal in the summer once his loan deal expires.