News today out of Norway that Newcastle United are interested in Stephane Badji, who currently plays for SK Brann in the Tippeligaen.
Stephane Badji – playing in the Olympics in 2012
Badji is a central midfielder and he stands at 6″ 3¨ tall, so he is a powerful player and has so far been capped a couple of times by Senegal, and in fact was in the squad for the recent African Cup of Nations qualifying.
He is a versatile midfielder and has played as a defensive central midfielder, attacking midfielder and a right midfielder.
One reason that Newcastle are interested in him is that we have found out that he has a buy-out clause in his contract of only £750K, and as we all know Mike Ashley is always keen on bargains, especially if the player also comes at a low price in the transfer market.
He has not been in the Senegal squad too many times, but he was a regular for the Senegal U23 side who played in the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
If he joins a high-profile club like Newcastle United he could see more opportunities at International level, and that has happened with players like Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko who hadn’t played too often for France when they joined Newcastle, but became France regulars while at Newcastle.
Newcastle haven’t replaced Yohan Cabaye since he left the club almost a year ago for PSG, and Cheick Tiote has been making noises about wanting to leave Newcastle, possible in January – and Arsenal are said to be interested.
Badji could add to Newcastle’s central midfield and he can play as either an attacking or defensive midfield player – so for just £750K he could be a good buy for the club, and his wages will not be huge either.
If Newcastle do sign him, we’ll have to trust in the ability of Chief Scout Graham Carr to pick out those players who can make it in the Premier League, and Graham has a very decent record of doing that since he joined Newcastle in February of 2010.
Badji signed a four year contract with SL Brann on March 1st last year, and he has so far played 78 times for his Norwegian club.
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