By Russell Edge
The president of Turkish club Galatasaray has said they have not received any bids from Newcastle United or any other clubs for midfield enforcer Badou Ndiaye.
The Magpies had been linked by Turkish sports news outlet Sporx with making a move for the 27-year-old Senegal international alongside fellow top flight club Leicester City, just months after he made the move across Turkey from former club Osmanlispor to his new side.
However, the Turkish giants’ club president, Dursun Ozbek, has rubbished claims that a £17million (€19million) bid for the 13-time-capped international star was tabled by Newcastle, insisting that there have been no offers made by the north east giants or any clubs.
He told Sporx: “Newcastle, or any club, did not come to us to offer for Ndiaye.
“There is nothing that comes to us about transfer offerings that is reflected in the media.”
The midfielder has appeared in all but one of his new club’s 11 league matches this season.
Football Insider verdict
While there has been no bid tabled, according to the Galatasaray chief, there could well be interest in the midfield enforcer from the Magpies. It seems odd that they would continue to a pursue a player who recently made the move across Turkey, but perhaps they have been so impressed they are willing to do whatever it takes to secure his services. Still, there seems to be some way to go until anything, be it talks between the clubs, a formal bid or a contract being signed, is completed, so Newcastle fans should not get too excited about seeing him at St James’ Park in January.
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