Still Not Clear If Magpies Interested In This 19 Year-Old For January

Newcastle have been linked with Genk center-back/midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for a couple of months now and he’s also been linked with other clubs such as Spurs and Watford, but it’s not clear whether the Magpies have a genuine interest in bringing the 19 year-old to Tyneside during the January transfer window.

With 26 of the 27 players in Rafa’s first team squad currently fit and vying for a first team place, the manager has said we don’t need many first team players brought in during January.

And if Newcastle can stay at the top of the Championship by January, Rafa probably needs some quality brought into the squad – players who can do well in the Premier League – hopefully for next season.


19 year-old Wilfred Ndidi – unclear if Newcastle really interested

Ndidi is just 19 years old and he’s the type of top young player Rafa wants to bring to Newcastle so he can be coached into a top first team player of the future.

Ndidi is being politically correct when he was asked recently by Belgium newspaper Het Belang Van Limburg if he would be staying at Genk in January:

“I do not know.”

Not exactly forthcoming with that answer was he.

Five days ago Ndidi’s agent told All Nigeria Soccer there had been no talks with any one of the three clubs said to be interested in getting the player in January.

This is what his agent (unnamed) said:

“Ndidi came for national team duties, no talks have taken place with Newcastle United, Watford and Spurs. And Genk will definitely tell me if the interest is concrete.” 

Genk’s Willem Boogaerts also said he knew nothing of Newcastle’s interest in Ndidi:

“I have no information on the interest from Newcastle United, I know nothing about that.”

Boogaerts is the Brand and Communication manager at the Belgium club, so you would think he would know something about what’s going on, but he may not want to talk about it in public.

An important point about Ndidi is he will qualify for a Belgian passport very soon.

Ndidi signed for Genk a year last January from Nathaniel Boys of Lagos in Nigeria and he made his debut in for Genk in late January last year against Charleroi.

Since then he has played 75 times with 6 goals and 3 assists and has been capped twice by the full Nigerian National side.

But it’s still not clear whether he is a real target for Newcastle in January.

What do you think?

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8 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #1


    Names from the past.
    Good reference by you to ‘Sniffer’ Clarke a few threads back, who as you rightly say played for Leeds United and, of course, for England.
    I remember watching him back in the day playing at Craven Cottage, on the banks of the Thames, for Fulham F.C.
    His speciality was the bicycle kick which, apparently, he used to spend hours practising.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Firstly and foremost we need to be in the PL for those changes to be implemented, which is why I’m concentrating on the here and now. Rafa made changes many thought was wrong, but he’s been proven to be right by our current position. For a man who most often works with big named players, he did a remarkable job in picking up players he wanted to do a job this season. He’ll find it easier next season when he builds a team for the PL because that’s where he’s most comfortable. Some will be sacrificed in what will appear a ruthless manner, but that’s the price of success. Not an easy task and one I don’t envy him for, but he’ll do what needs to be done to improve the team. But that’s for the summer imo and not January. He won’t assume the league is won until it is so I can’t see him going mad this winter. There’s still a job to be done this season and too early to be getting ahead of ourselves. No doubt he’s got it all worked out in his head already though.

    Jail, no I didn’t mate! Optimism from their parents or just football fanatics? Plenty to live up to either way. 🙂

  • AncientC

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #3

    As a self confessed ABU, I would like to petition for Andy Cole to be taken out of the banner.

  • hibbit

    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #4

    well said bobby
    100% agree with you still a long way to go

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Must say I prefer to hear Ndidi’s ‘I don’t know’ than Sissoko’s Champions League outpourings.

    In saying that, hasn’t Sissoko shown the world that he really is not the great player he thinks he is. Ne’er mind, as long as Sperz are happy with their investment!

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #6


    And Sniffer’s strike partner Mick Jones played a part in Clarke’s success.

    Oh for the days when clubs played two up front…… Shearer-Ferdinand, MacDonald and Tudor, Tudor and Gowling… Tudor and Gowling? What?!

  • martoon

    Nov 21, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #7

    lesh @6 – I thought Gowling played with Supermac. He was quite decent and I still remember his equalising goal in the 76 League Cup final – we’ll not mention the rest of the game!

  • geordieboy83

    Nov 21, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Afternoon all,

    Would like to throw my wish list into the mix for what I believe is needed and more importantly achievable, should we get promoted

    Sturbridge, if he stays fit

    I honestly think they could all be doable and be a part of the ethic Benitez would look for


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