Doubts Surround Newcastle Target For January


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Nov 17, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #1

    LG

    Yes but Rafa is quite happy to sign a stopgap if needs be, Lazaar is arguably a stopgap, it could be argued that Clark was as well but ended up being better than his wanted signing Hanley, Murphy was certainly a stopgap, so why buck the trend and not get a stopgap left winger, for me it has got to be due to Rafa believing that with Aarons he was ok in that role with the knowledge that he already had stopgaps within his squad already as you have just mentioned.

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  • Spoof

    Nov 17, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Anyway, got an early finish from work but I must now call it for this morning, but thank you LG, it has been a privilege having this discussion with you, as it always is with yourself.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Spoof,
    Given Aarons injury woes then, do you expect to see a left winger bought in in January?

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  • Spoof

    Nov 17, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    LG

    Just caught that, I hope so as it could prove to be our achilles heel, as much as I hope that he proves his worth he does have this injury record which cannot be ignored so precautions should be taken.

    But for now, cheers.

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  • nut meg

    Nov 17, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    We’re scouting a lot in Belgium from according to the chronicle. N’didi isn’t the only Genk player we’ve keeping a eye on, the other being Leon Bailey.Belgium producing some very decent players these last few years.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 17, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    we can forget about Aarons till at least pre season
    I’m sure Rafa will do what he has to as the left side is and has been a problem for along time and does need sorting

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