Metz now want €6M (about £4.9M) for their 24 year-old Senegal striker Diafra Sakho, and Newcastle have been interested in this striker at least all this year, with other clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Marseilles, Lyon and Lille. also said to be interested.
Diafra Sackho – 24 year-old Metz striker
There’s no doubt that Sakho has had a great season for Metz in the French second division, and in 36 games he scored 20 goals to help Metz to promotion, and they finished top of the league, 9 points above second placed Lens, and not surprisingly he was voted the Ligue 2 Player of the Year.
Since Diafra joined Metz back in 2009, he has made a total of 90 appearances with 25 goals, so last season was by far his best season, at least as far as goal-scoring goes.
It’s a bad time to lose your best player having just been promoted, but Metz are prepared to sell Sackho this summer, as long as they get their asking price.
The club’s Academy Director Denis Schaeffer had this to say to Inside Futbol:
“Every game, there are around 15 international clubs who come to the matches to see him. English clubs are here.”
“I’m happy he’ll stay until the end of the season. Then it will be difficult for us to keep him.”
“I hope his future will be at a very important club, like Papiss Cisse, who plays now at Newcastle.”
Papiss Cisse was at Metz from 2005 until he left to join SC Freiburg in 2009, and that was before signing for Newcastle United just over two years ago, and while at Metz Cisse played 104 times and scored 38 goals.
The Metz Youth Academy is very well thought of in France, but it’s always difficult to know just how good a player like Sackho would be in the English Premier League, and it’s always a risk signing players who have only played in the lower divisions.
Certainly Newcastle can afford the fee, and we suppose it’s up to people like Graham Carr and Alan Pardew, to make the call about whether he would be good enough for Newcastle.
Sackho has never played any International football for Senegal, the country of his birth.
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