With Senegal now out of the World Cup Newcastle may make a move for Stoke City central midfielder Badou Ndiaye who has been linked with Newcastle in the Turkish press a few times this summer.
Fanatik have been reporting on the player a lot and reported Newcastle have already held talks with the Stoke player who was at Galatasaray for six months after signing for them only last summer.
He then left for Stoke City last January in an attempt to save the Potters from relegation.
Ndiaye will now move on from the Potters this summer (third move in 12 months) since he doesn’t want to play in England’s second division.
He cost Stoke €16M in January after Galatasaray had paid only €7.5M for him last summer from Turkish club Osmanl1spor, based in Ankara.
So the Turkish powerhouse club doubled their money on him in a short six months
27-year-old Stoke midfielder Badou Ndiaye
There’s now talk (only in the Turkish press) of his fee being as much as €25M – but if the fee gets that high Newcastle will not be around.
But since Stoke want striker Dwight Gayle then maybe we can do a swap deal where Gayle goes to Stoke and Ndiaye comes to Newcastle.
But Gayle is worth a lot of money to Stoke since can score plenty of goals in the Championship and the Potters have already had a £10M bid turned down.
There again – maybe Newcastle couldn’t get a good deal for Gayle via a swap deal because they would simply price Ndiaye too high.
Rafa would only do the swap deal if he really rates the 27-year-old Senegal International because it seems he wants to keep Gayle at Newcastle for next season.
Gayle really improved as an all-round player this year but still couldn’t score many goals for us.
Badou Ndiaye was one of the few players to shine this year for Stoke City so he certainly made a good start in the Premier League.
Rafa wants to move much more quickly in the transfer market than the snail’s pace Newcastle have been moving at for over six weeks.
However, it was good news yesterday that we got an experienced player in when we signed Swansea fee agent Ki Sun-yueng who is the South Korea captain.