Transfer gossip: Sun say El-Mhanni is close to leaving Newcastle

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is close to quitting Newcastle, according to The Sun.

The 22-year-old West Londoner, who joined the Magpies a year ago, is said to be unhappy with the way the club are dealing with allegations of racism and bullying by Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley.

Former England international Beardsley faces multiple complaints, one of which has been made by El-Mhanni.

Beardsley is taking a period of leave while the club holds an investigation into the allegations.

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The Sun say the player’s position at St James’ Park has become “increasingly uncomfortable” and that there is interest in him among a number of clubs.

Those clubs are said to be Stoke and Championship promotion chasers Wolves and Cardiff.

Wolves are reported to have made an approach, with Stoke and Cardiff apparently monitoring developments.

El-Mhanni played for a number of non-League clubs and had a trial with Chelsea prior to being snapped up by Newcastle, where he has not made a league appearance.