There have been various reports going back to the beginning of October that Newcastle were interested in Genk defender Wilfred Ndidi and those have come after Newcastle scouts have been at a number of Genk games recently.
One was in early October when Genk beat Sassuolo 3-1 and Newcastle scouts were at that game and that was our first mention of possibly being interested in Ndidi.
Wilfred Ndidi – doubts about Newcastle interest
There have been two other reports since that time that Newcastle were interested in the twice capped Nigeria center-back, who can also play in defensive midfield.
However there are reports from All Nigeria Soccer that his agent has no knowledge of any Newcastle interest in the player.
His agent is William Bogaerts and he has told All Nigeria Soccer that he knows nothing about interest from Rafa Benitez.
This is what Bogaerts said:
“I do not know about interest from Newcastle. Ndidi came for national team duties and no talks have taken place with Newcastle United, Watford or Spurs.”
“Genk will definitely tell me if the interest is concrete.”
There are other clubs also said to be interested in the 6ft 2ins defender including Tottenham, Hamburg, West Ham, Middlesbrough, WBA, Watford and Chelsea.
Hamburg had a £5M bid for him turned down by Genk in the summer.
So there are some doubts as to whether we are really after the 19 year-old.
It’s silly season starting up soon so take a number of these claims of players Newcastle are after with a pinch of salt.
But now and again some of them do turn out to be true.
In any case, it will be interesting to see exactly who Rafa Benitez is after in January and he will probably surprise us all again.