Report: Newcastle table record-equalling bid for top flight midfielder to beat rivals' offer
Newcastle United have tabled a £16million bid for the signing of Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye, according to a report.
Turkish news outlet Aksam claim on their website that the Magpies have put in an offer equalling their current record transfer fee after Premier League rivals Stoke made a bid worth £14million.
The 27-year-old Senegal international has been a regular since signing for the Turkish giants from top flight counterparts Osmanlispor in the summer, making 16 appearances, scoring once and chipping in with a further two assists.
Newcastle’s current record spend is the £16million spent on signing Michael Owen from Real Madrid back in 2005, which is the Premier League’s longest standing record fee for the current 20 top flight sides.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle have rarely looked like breaking their transfer record under current owner Mike Ashley and it would come as a huge surprise if Ndiaye was the man to level it. At 27-years-old he is not an up-and-coming talent and he is playing at the peak of his career, which makes you question why he is playing at Galatasaray and why he has only 14 caps to his name for Senegal. This seems like a non-starter considering Newcastle’s current options in the centre of the park, especially when you look at how tight Ashley has been with his purse strings.
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