Report: Newcastle reignite £17.8m swoop for international midfield powerhouse
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United are lining up a January swoop for Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye after making an approach over summer, according to a report.
Turkish sports news website Sporx claim that the Magpies are joined by fellow Premier League side Leicester City in pursuing the Senegalese 27-year-old, with the report stating that the English club’s are “hooked” on the midfield powerhouse.
They also state that buying clubs have been told that Ndiaye would be available for between £13.3million and £17.8million (€15million – 20million) by Galatasaray, who made the move across Turkey from Osmanlispor over the summer, but that he will not be sold during the season and that suitors will have to wait until the end of the current campaign.
Newcastle have previously been linked with a move for Ndiaye, having been expected to make an approach over summer before his move to Galatasaray, while they are also said to have been scouting him this season as they look to reignite a transfer.
The midfielder, who is known for his energy and tackling ability in the centre of the park, has appeared in all but one of his new club’s league matches this season, missing one due to suspension, while he also has 13 caps for Senegal under his belt.
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It would not be said that Newcastle are lacking options in midfield right now but manager Rafael Benitez obviously thinks they need something else, and that he believes Ndiaye to be the man to offer that. The elongated pursuit, despite his transfer over the summer, suggests he is among the top targets at St James’ Park and that the Magpies will not let anything get in their way of capturing the Senegalese star. Still, there is no doubt his price will have increased following his sale, something which will frustrate the club, and perhaps it is time for them to focus on other targets, with central midfielders unlikely to be the priority heading into the January window.
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