There are several reports in France today, that are saying that Newcastle have won the race for Nancy defender Massadio Haidara, and that they have beaten out Tottenham Hotspur (good), who were also said to be interested in the 20 year-old.
Massadio Haidara – next Newcastle signing?
The fee seems consistent with what has been reported in previous reports, and Newcastle will pay out either £2M or £2.5M for the French U21 International left-back, who is said to be one of the best young players in France at the moment.
The fee varies sometimes in reports between the 2M and 2.5M figures, so perhaps it’s €2.5M, which is around £2M.
Le10Sport had reported last week that as many as five Premier League clubs had expressed an interest in the youngster, with Aston Villa thought to be another of those clubs interested.
Nancy Vice President Jacques Rousselot, has said the player is now keen to try his luck in England, and things should be finalized soon:
“The player with the highest market value is Massadio Haïdara. It’s been two years that he has played in Ligue 1. He really likes the English market. Today we are in contact with five English clubs at the first part of the negotiations. We think it should be finalized soon”.
Of course we have no idea if these reports are true, and that it is Newcastle who have won the race, especially after what happened last Monday with Loic Remy.
But if Newcastle can get a player through the door in the next couple of days, it will certainly help the situation at the club, although our main requirements are still a striker and a center-back.
Maybe we can get them next week?
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