The Daily Mail today has a report saying that Newcastle United may be interested in Portsmouth’s 6’4″ Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop.
Papa Bouba Diop – 6’4″ Senegal commanding midfielder
We were linked last year with the midfielder and he’s certainly a presence on the field with his commanding play and he is in the mold of Patrick Vierra, which is the type of midfielder Joe Kinnear would like to bring to the club.
However, the fee mentioned of £5M is a bit high, and we think around £3M would be a good buy for this player, who would add some steel and creativity to the Magpies midfield.
The other player mentioned in the Mail is center-back Christopher Samba of Blackburn, and we’ve also been linked earlier this season with this player, but we hardly expect Sam Allardyce to part with any of his players, especially those that have the experience of Samba.
Samba scored a header against us that had Joe Kinnear holding his head in his hands in the St. James’ Park stands, earlier this season, as Steven Taylor should have had him covered. And one hint that Joe gave was that one of the players he would like to bring to St. James’ Park has already scored against us this season – so obviously it’s Samba. 😀
Big Daddy Christopher Samba – with one of his children
The 6’5″ Congo international has played well for Blackburn since joining them in 2007 from Hertha Berlin for £400K, another great bargain signing by Mark Hughes. Christoper’s played over 60 times for Blackburn and is a proven Premier League player, who would certainly improve our squad.
In fact both players are over 6’4″ so they would improve the size of our squad, and the heading ability, which looked poor against Liverpool last Sunday.
We have no idea if these reports are true, but since we have been linked with both players in the past, it would not be a big surprise if the Tyneside club has these two down on their transfer list of candidates.
In fact we also wouldn’t mind it at all, if both players found their way to St. James’ Park, either this month or in the summer.
Let us know what you think.