Said Benrahma refuses to rule out Newcastle United 'interest' as Magpies favourite reveals Arsenal snub
Reported Newcastle United target Said Benrahma has responded to speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League this summer.
It was claimed by The Sun last week that the Magpies were ready to rival Leicester City for the Algerian in a rumoured £15million deal.
In an additional report, Arsenal were also credited with interest while Aston Villa have been known admirers of the 24-year-old over the previous two transfer windows.
And Benrahma, who is leading Brentford’s charge to the top-flight this season, refused to rule out a potential Griffin Park exit when quizzed by BBC Sport.
He said: "For the moment I am focused on Brentford. This summer I will see but for the moment I am so focused here.
"I am happy, I play, I score, I win, it's a good position so I am happy. For the moment I am here.
"My ambition is to play in the Premier League. That's my first ambition. It's the first step and then continue to progress.
"If I go into the Premier League, God willing with Brentford or…. I don't know but my ambition is the Premier League."
Meanwhile, Toon favourite David Ginola has revealed he snubbed a move to Arsenal in favour of moving to St James’s Park in 1995.
The Frenchman, now 53, admitted Barcelona were keen on signing him but a call from the La Liga giants never arrived.
A call, however, did arrive from the Gunners but Ginola ignored the approach after previously holding talks with then-Magpies assistant Terry McDermott.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ginola said: “I waited and waited until mid-July (from Barcelona), when I received a call saying he (Johan Cruyff) couldn't get rid of the other players and so he couldn't sign me. It was a really big disappointment.
“That was when I was contacted by Terry McDermott, (Kevin) Keegan's assistant at Newcastle, saying they wanted me. I didn't know anything about the club, but I said: ‘OK, I'll come’.
“That same night, David Dein rang me to try to sign me for Arsenal, but it was too late, I'd given my word.”