Pundit issues 'huge' Newcastle claim after Badiashile bid update - pundit
Noel Whelan has urged Newcastle to “pay whatever it takes” to bring in a new centre-half before the 31 January deadline.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed teams are “taking advantage” of the “desperate” Magpies.
A recruitment source told Football Insider on Friday that Newcastle want two centre-backs this month, and discussions are continuing over a £35million deal for Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, 20.
Eddie Howe’s side have already seen a £33million bid for the centre-back rejected, and negotiations are taking place with multiple targets.
Whelan suggested Newcastle will have to “pay over the odds” to complete a deal in order to have the “best possible chance of surviving”.
“We always knew it was going to be a really difficult window for Newcastle,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
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“Especially considering their predicament and considering they are the world’s richest club.
“Who wouldn’t take advantage of that? They’re desperate. When you’re desperate, you do desperate things and they’re going to end up paying that little bit more.
“It looks like they’re on the right lines with the players they are lining up. The bid for Badiashile is huge for a 20-year-old.
“But they need a player through the door and quickly. Centre-half has been the Achilles heel of Newcastle for a while now.
“They’ve got to pay over the odds and get it done. Games are running out for them to save themselves, so they’ll have to pay whatever it takes. Just do it, and give yourself the best possible chance of surviving.”
Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League after winning just one of their 20 games this season.
Howe’s side have conceded the second-most goals in the top flight this term (43).
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