Report hints at reignited Newcastle swoop for international speed machine after failed £7m bid
Newcastle United could reignite their interest in Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues in the summer after failing with an €8million (£7million) bid in the January window, according to a report.
Turkish newspaper Gunes claim on their website that the Magpies were keen on taking the Cape Verde international to St James’ Park over the winter window but saw their offer rejected by the Super Lig side, having already sold Badou Ndiaye to Newcastle’s Premier League rivals Stoke City.
However it is said that there could be a return in the summer transfer window for his services, with the Turkish club reportedly looking to demand a transfer fee in the same ball park as the Potters paid for Ndiaye, which was a reported £15million.
The speed machine, who can operate on either flank, has scored four goals and chipped in with seven assists in his 25 appearances this season, while he has 23 caps for his country.
Football Insider verdict
Despite Newcastle having a host of wing talent at their disposal before the winter window, they seemed keen on bringing yet another body in, and it ended up being a loan move for Chelsea’s Kenedy which they pulled off. However, with the Brazilian only at St James’ Park on a temporary basis, and it being unlikely that a permanent deal will be agreed, there could well be cause for yet another wide man arriving at the club. While Rodrigues has seemingly impressed the Magpies, the £15million asking price will not be as tempting, and it could be that Galatasaray have priced the north east side out of a deal.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have secured a deal for an international favourite of Benitez.