Turkish website Sporx are reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing Galatasaray’s 27-year-old midfielder, Badou Ndiaye.
Newcastle were reported to be interested in the 8 times capped Senegal International over the summer, but nothing came of that.
And in August the Dakar-born player joined Galatasaray from Osmanlispor on a four-year contract, for a reported transfer fee of €7.5M (£6.7M).
Ndiaye is said to be valued now at between €15M (£13.4M) and €20M (£17.8M) by his club, and it would remain to be seen if Newcastle would be willing to pay that fee for the player.
Assuming the club is sold by Mike Ashley this year, Newcastle will have a much wider range of players we can sign, because transfer funds will be less of a problem than it (always) was under Ashley.
Badou Ndiaye – Galatasaray’s 27-year-old midfielder
If the Turkish club get what they want for their player in January, that’s at least a £7M profit in a short six months.
If Rafa wasn’t keen on the player in the summer for £6.7M, he might not be too interested in paying out that new inflated fee.
Of course Rafa wasn’t given the transfer funds by Mike Ashley last summer, and hopefully, that will all be different in January – given we have new owners by then.
And it will be a whole new world in the transfer market by then – hopefully.
Leicester City are also reported to be interested in signing the Senegal International.