By Russell Edge
Newcastle United and Tottenham are both set to send scouts to watch Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye in his club’s clash against Trabzanspor, according to a report.
Turkish sports news website Sporx claim that a host of scouts from English clubs, including West Ham and Leicester, are to be in attendance at Sunday’s match, all to watch the 27-year-old central midfielder.
He arrived at Galatasaray from fellow Turkish side Osmanlispor for a reported £7million (€8million) over the summer, but that has not deterred the English clubs from keeping a close eye on him.
The report claims that his impressive performances for his new club, having started all nine of their league matches this season, has seen his value at least double, suggesting Galatasaray could put a £14million (€16million) price tag on his head.
He is also a 13 time capped international for Senegal, having made his debut back in 2015, with one goal to his name.
Football Insider verdict
It seems odd that clubs are keeping track of a player who has been at his current club for less than six months, but it shows the impression he has made since signing for Galatasaray. All four of the named clubs will be aiming for a top half finish this season, which means they all face a fight to secure his signing. Tottenham are obviously the highest placed of the quartet but his signign does not fit the mould of a typical arrival at Spurs, at 27-years-old and with several midfield options at Mauricio Pochettino’s disposal. Still, unless a big money offer comes in Galatasaray are unlikely to want to get rid of their star man, so it could be a case of the clubs playing a waiting game to secure Ndiaye’s signature.
In other Tottenham team news, the club have suffered a major double blow for their showdown against Manchester United.