Report: Terms agreed - Newcastle international target jets in to UK on Tuesday for £14m move
Newcastle United look set to miss out on the signing of Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye after Premier League rivals Stoke City agreed a £14million deal, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the 27-year-old is set to jet in to the UK for Tuesday morning in order to complete his move from the Turkish giants, the Potters said to have beaten both the Magpies and Italian heavyweights Inter Milan to his signing.
Ndiaye, a 14-cap Senegal international, arrived at Galatasaray from Osmanlispor just last summer, but has seemingly impressed enough in his 17 appearances this season to convince Stoke to make a move, with just work permit issues reportedly left to sort out before completing the deal.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was very vocal about his frustrations over the club’s inability to secure his top targets in the summer window, with the likes of Tammy Abraham ending up elsewhere. If the Magpies were really interested in Ndiaye’s signing, then this is just another major blow for the club, not to mention Benitez. The Spanish manager needs to have faith that he is being backed by those above him but with just one loan signing through the door two days before the transfer deadline, it does not appear that is the case. Still, a midfielder was not a priority for the north east side, with a host of talent already at their disposal, so this one can just go down as an unfortunate miss.
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