By Russell Edge
Newcastle United are set to revisit a move for Galatasaray attacker Garry Rodrigues in the January transfer window having failed with a bid over the summer, according to a report.
Football news website turkish-football claim that despite the Turkish giants rebuffing the Magpies’ approach for the 26-year-old over the summer, the two clubs have remained in contact and that Newcastle are readying a new offer for the upcoming winter window.
Rodrigues, a 22-time-capped international for African nation Cape Verde, is a versatile winger who can operate on either flank, although has primarily been used on the right by the Turkish club.
He joined Galatasaray in January 2017 from Greek side PAOK, but had to settle with a role of a squad player, making just six starts out of his 18 appearances, scoring twice and setting up one further assist.
Contracted until 2021, he has established himself as a first team star this campaign, having appeared in all the club’s matches, chipping in with three assists.
Football Insider verdict
News of the Magpies’ reported interest should be taken with a pinch of salt, as Rafael Benitez already has a whole host of options out wide. Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu are firmly the first choice starters, while summer signing Jacob Murphy and hot prospect Rolando Aarons are waiting in the wings for their chance. Rodrigues’ stats are solid, if unspectacular, and it must be questioned whether he would really add anything new to the side. Plus, having been at Galatasaray for less than a year, his price will be at a premium – not something that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is known for paying. Still, it gives an indication as to what Benitez is looking for in terms of improving his side, and it is good to know Newcastle have their fingers in pies ahead of a potential January swoop.
In other Newcastle United news, Michael Owen has admitted his surprise as he made his prediction for the Magpies’ clash against Southampton.