The 24-year-old featured in both Red Star’s group matches with Arsenal and before November’s clash at the Emirates made clear his desire to play for Chelsea. However, it the Magpies and Alan Pardew’s West Bromwich Albion who are making the early running for Boakye.
Last season’s Championship title winners are gradually being dragged down the table into the relegation fight as they struggle to score goals on their return to the Premier League. They currently sit in sixteenth place, one above West Brom, who have similar problems. Newcastle’s sixteen goals is a glut compared to Albion’s twelve from sixteen games.
Boakye has 14 in 13 Superliga matches for Red Star, as well as 8 in the Europa League. He has scored more goals as an individual than either of the Premier League strugglers as teams.
He began his career in Serie A with Genoa, spending two seasons on loan at Sassuolo and Elche following a move to Juventus. Released from Turin, he moved to Atalanta before spending time with Roda JC Kerkrade in the Eredivisie.
A two-year stint with Serie B side Latina opened the doors to Red Star where he has scored 38 goals in his total of 46 appearances for the club.