Mamadou Sylla Diallo’s agent is Jordi Alburquerque and he has confirmed to IBTimes UK today that Newcastle are indeed after the 21 year-old Espanyol striker.
The news was released yesterday by Catalan newspaper Sport and it seems Newcastle had bid for £1M for the player.
Mamadou Sylla Diallo – 21 year-old Espanyol striker
However things may be complicated as this is what Jordi Alburquerque has told IBTimes UK today:
“A group of intermediaries contacted me to let me know about Newcastle interest in securing his services. They said that Newcastle are willing to pay £1M to sign him but it is unclear if it will be to play for the fist team or to loan him straight away to a Championship side.”
“They want him as a prospect for the future but I have not had direct contact with Newcastle yet. I have done previous deals with this group and I know that the Newcastle interest is strong but I do not know if there has already been a formal offer to Espanyol.”
“Mamadou’s dream has always been to play in the Premier League. He has always said that his priority is to go to England, even if he has to start with a loan to a Championship side. He also has other offers from some in Belgium and Holland but right now his priority is to go to England.”
“The problem is that Espanyol want a loan deal with no option for the other club to get his services permanently. We recently signed a new deal at the club with a release clause of €18M and is complicated. Let’s see what happens. I’ll have a meeting to Espanyol but selling for £1M is not an easy situation.”
On the surface it seems it will be difficult for Newcastle to get the youngster – who we thought he was one for the future in any case.
But there’s just no way Newcastle would pay an €18M (£13.5M) release clause and also we wouldn’t be interested in him coming to Newcastle on a loan deal.
So it could be that this potential deal is going nowhere.