Newcastle have been linked with an interest in RB Leipzig’s highly-rated midfielder Amadou Haidara. According to The Mail, Newcastle are pondering an approach for the 23-year-old this month.
However, any move would be more practical in the summer when his £33m release clause becomes active. The report claims it could take up to £80m to pry him from Leipzig this month, which seems very unlikely. He also just signed a new contract last May.
Haidara is currently away with Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations so wouldn’t be available until next month. Midfield has taken a back seat in this window with the pressing need for a center-back and striker.
Newcastle have added right-back Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and will soon confirm the signing of Chris Wood from Burnley. The duo will have cost around £37m which is not bad considering their vast Premier League experience.
Much of Newcastle’s remaining budget will be focused on a young striker and two center-backs. While a left-back and midfielder are on the agenda, Newcastle may wait until other areas are addressed.
Reims’ teenage sensation Hugo Ekitike is currently on the radar with negotiations ongoing. There are a number of center-backs that Newcastle are working to land. Unfortunately, the pursuit of top target Sven Botman has been blocked by Lille.
Haidara could be one to watch should Newcastle survive this campaign. His release clause will be very reasonable this summer. However, considering the need in other areas of the pitch, it seems improbable that Newcastle will spend what it takes to land the midfielder this month.