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Newcastle: Magpies offered Eric Bailly

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Newcastle United have been given the chance to sign Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to The Daily Mirror

The lowdown

As Newcastle look to strengthen at centre-back, Eddie Howe’s priority is Lille’s Sven Botman.

But their pursuit is dragging on, with Botman leaning towards a move to Serie A champions AC Milan instead.

Man. United paid £34.2million to sign Bailly from Villarreal back in 2016, and he’s gone on to make 113 appearances for the club.

But the Ivorian, who’s under contract for another two years, only started three Premier League matches in 2021/22.

The latest

Journalist Clive Hetherington writes that the Magpies have been offered Bailly as an alternative to Botman.

The club are in the process of considering other options, and will now have to decide whether to pursue a move for the Ivorian.

‘It has been suggested’ that the Red Devils may consider a sale for as little as £8.5million, but a source close to the player’s camp says their demands are actually in the region of £20million.

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The verdict

Is Bailly a good option for Newcastle?

Well, he is something of an unconventional defender, drawing comparisons to Spiderman for the techniques he used during a Champions League match against Young Boys last December.

But he would bring a certain pedigree, having earned a place in the IFFHS African Team of the Decade for 2011 to 2020.

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But there have to be concerns over his availability, particularly if he retains his £87,000-per-week salary.

Bailly has encountered a succession of injury issues over his six-year stay in Manchester, including two problems that sidelined him for more than 100 days apiece.

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