It looks like Mike Ashley is willing to buy some players for Newcastle on a permanent basis this month – but time is running out with the window closing a week on Wednesday.
Turkish media outlet Aksam are reporting that Newcastle have bid for 27-year-old Galatasaray central midfielder Badou Ndiaye, who we were linked with a couple of days ago.
The 8 times capped Senegal International has also attracted the interest of Stoke City with the Potters also bidding for the player.
Aksam are reporting Newcastle have put in a bid of €18M (£16M) for Ndiaye.
Badou Ndiaye – Galatasaray central midfielder
Rafa wanted the player in during the summer, and he seems to rate him, and Rafa said yesterday both Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley were working on the player list Rafa has given them.
The potential price of each target is also listed – either as a loan or a permanent deal.
Previously Mike Ashley only wanted to bring in loan players but seems to have had a change of heart.
It’s just a pity we didn’t start this transfer push earlier in January – but it is as it is.
There have been reports that Stoke City have had a €16m rejected by Galatasaray only yesterday.
However, it could be that Newcastle will pay cash up front which is one good reason Galatasaray could accept the latest offer from the Magpies.
Aksam are reporting Galatasaray are holding out for €20M, so if that’s the case why wouldn’t Newcastle up their offer to €20M (£17.7M) if €18M (£16M) is not accepted?
Time is of the essence.
Let’s not quibble about a couple of million here or there when we lose at least £100M next season if we are relegated.
It’s also a huge profit for the Turkish club since they signed Ndiaye only last summer for €7.5M (£6.6M) from Osmanlispor.