Report: Newcastle eye up record breaking swoop for international terrier with key clause
Newcastle United are eyeing up a record breaking swoop for Galatasaray and Senegal midfielder Papa Badou NDiaye this month, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on the live transfer blog on their website (16/01, 14:08) that manager Rafael Benitez is keen on securing the 27-year-old’s services during the January window but would have to be given the green light to activate the key release clause of £18million set by the Turkish club.
That would be a record transfer fee for the Magpies, with their current highest spend dating back to the £16million capture of Michael Owen in 2005.
The midfield terrier, who has 14 international caps for Senegal under his belt, has made 16 appearances for the Super Lig side this season, scoring once and chipping in with two assists, having joined from Osmanlispor over the summer.
He has missed just one league game, as a result of suspension, having started every one of the club’s top flight fixtures, and is said to be on the radars of Newcastle’s Premier League rivals Watford, Crystal Palace and Stoke City.
Football Insider verdict
If Rafa Benitez is to bring in a new midfielder, then fans should expect to see at least one of the current options departing, if for nothing more than to try and fund the £18million release clause. NDiaye does not scream out as the sort of player Newcastle would be willing to break their record transfer fee on, and he is not exactly a necessity to the current squad, with the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Mikel Merino, Isaac Hayden and Mohamed Diame all featuring this season. As a result, it is likely to go nowhere this month and that is probably the right decision, with other areas in much more need of strengthening prior to the closing of the window.
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