Nancy full-back Massadio Haidara may be close to signing for Newcastle, and certainly Newcastle need to get some players in soon, and not leave things to the last moment – when we could end up with no players and be in an even deeper hole than we are already in.
Massadio Haidara – 20 year-old Nancy left back
The 20 year-old has said he would be interested in a move to the Premier League, and if the latest news is to be believed Newcastle have had a £2.5M bid accepted for the Nancy full-back – and presumably Newcastle are now talking terms with the Frenchman.
Other news however suggests that the Nancy club is holding out for a bigger fee, and that would seem reasonable as they try to get as much as they can for their France U21 International – but we’ve seen this picture before, and usually Newcastle refuse to budge – and that means we will not get the player through the door.
Haidara was speaking to Eurosport yesterday:
“I have not been contacted. Newcastle could interest me. It wouldn’t bother me to play there, moving to a club where there are already a lot of French speakers would help me settle in.” “I have a preference for England.”
“This is the championship that attracts me. I’m not into the idea of going at all costs. I will leave if there is a good proposal for me and my club. I’m twenty-years-old and not in such a hurry to leave. Nancy gives me the opportunity to play and it’s important at my age.”
Haidara is also wanted by Roma, and it seems he wouldn’t rule out a move to the Italian league:
“I’m not closed to the idea. Roma is a very good team, so why not play for them?”
This doesn’t sound like a good situation for Newcastle, because of our strict rules of not paying over what Mike Ashley thinks the valuation of a player is – and we’ve found out that even if we do get a bid accepted – then a more aggressive, more ambitious club – like QPR as one example heaven forbid – can still come in and sign the player from under our noses.
We think it’s about time that Newcastle got much more aggressive in this January transfer window, lest we end up with no more new players through the door come February 1st – which has happened at least a couple of times before, when we left things to the last moment, and then failed badly on the very last day of the transfer window.
If you don’t learn from your mistakes – then history repeats itself.
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