We put out a report earlier today that said that Newcastle scouts were in Belgium last Thursday night checking out the Gent vs Sassuolo Europa League tie, which the home side won 3-1.
And there was some debate as to which players Newcastle could have been checking out at the game.
Wilfried Ndidi – 19 year-old Genk defensive midfielder
One of those were 19 year-old Jamaican left winger Leon Bailey, who other clubs have been interested in for over a year now and another possible target was Sassuolo forward Gregoire Defrel, who is a 25-year-old French forward.
Yes another player Newcastle could have been checking out is Genk’s 19-year-old Nigerian defensive midfielder Wilfried Ndidi, who can also play at center-back or full-back.
Ndidi signed for Gent a year last January from Nathaniel Boys of Lagos in his native Nigeria and he made his debut for Genk on 31 January last year at Charleroi.
Since then he has played 67 times for Genk with 4 goals and he has already made 4 appearances for the full Nigerian National side.
Premier League clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and Middlesbrough were reported to be interested in the player over the summer and now it seems that Newcastle may have joined his list of admirers.
His transfer fee is said to be low at only £5M.
Here’s Wilfried’s goals from last season.
What do you think?