El-Hadji Diouf is one of a growing number of Bolton players wanting to leave the club early in the season. He has said he wants to join a club in the Champions League or with Champions League ambitions.
Bolton have put a ridiculous price tag of Â£10M on him which will help keep lots of clubs on the sidelines.
Would he be good at Newcastle? Let’s take a look at what Diouf has been saying.
El Hadji Diouf – was interested in rejoining Allardcye at Newcastle – but not at Â£10M
The Senegal striker claims Tottenham, Celtic and Lyon have all made bids for him, as well as two other have two other unnamed clubs. When Allardyce first left Bolton for Newcastle. Diouf was very disappointed and at the time it looked like he would be happy to rejoin Sam at Newcastle. Sam of course had bought Diouf from Liverpool for around Â£3M when he hadn’t done too much at the Mersey-side club since joining them for Â£10M in 2002. Since May nothing much has happened but since it looks like we need more creativity in the team Diouf may be a good capture for us.
Ed Hadji Diouf, who played very well for Bolton against Newcastle on August 11th, said yesterday:
“I don’t want to be going just for going’s sake.”“I want to go to where I will be happy but Bolton want a lot of money.”
“I want to play in the Champions League or at a club wanting to be there next season.”
Bolton of course have lost all three of their Premier League games this season, putting new boss Sammy Lee under pressure, and as well as Diouf, their star striker Anelka has also made sings he may be unhappy at the Lancashire club. We think Sir Alex Ferguson may be interested in acquiring Anelka before the end of the transfer window. Apparently Anelka has also been valued at around Â£10M too.
Speaking before Senegal’s friendly with Ghana at Millwall’s New Den stadium last night, Diouf said:
“If Nicolas goes I will be very disappointed.”
“We must keep Nico as we have been doing very well with him. We need to go up to the next level and keep our good players as well as buying some more.”
“We need to get five good players in and find big players. We have missed Tal Ben Haim but we also need midfielders and strikers.”
“This season we have the Carling Cup, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup as well as the Premier League, so we must have a big squad.”
“We don’t have a big squad like last season and I’m not happy about that. I want to play in a good team.”
Of course it doesn’t help anybody that Bolton have got off to a poor start under new manager Sammy Lee with three consecutive defeats and Lee must still prove to chairman Gartside, he is good enough to manage Bolton Wanderers. Diouf added:
“We are not happy to have made a start to the season like this but we got out of a similar position under Sam Allardyce two years ago.â€
“Now we have a new manager, things are not going well but we just have to keep working hard.â€
“Sammy Lee is a different guy but he’s a good manager. We are not having much luck under him now.â€
“I have known him for a long time since he was head coach at Liverpool under Gerard Houllier.â€
“But for the first game he put me on the bench – I don’t know why. When I came on I did well every time to prove I want to do well.”
Diouf scored last night for Senegal in a 1-1 draw with Nigeria at Milwall.
Let’s know what you think – would Diouf be a good addition to the Newcastle squad – for say around Â£6M?
Comments very welcome.