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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