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Newcastle: Magpies could swoop for Amadou Haidara

Newcastle: Magpies could swoop for Amadou Haidara -Newcastle United Transfer Rumours

Newcastle United could rival Manchester United in the race to sign Amadou Haidara from RB Leipzig, according to The Mirror.

The lowdown

Newcastle have splashed out £39m so far on two January additions in right-back Kieran Trippier and striker Chris Wood. The Athletic‘s David Ornstein recently claimed that they could have as much as £100m to spend this month.

Haidara is predominantly a central midfielder who is occasionally been deployed as a number 6 or out wide. He is currently representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations alongside another reported Newcastle target in Yves Bissouma.

The latest

According to The Mirror, Haidara is apparently high on Ralf Rangnick’s wish list at Old Trafford, adding that the German has already ‘put in calls to his old club’.

Leipzig were willing to listen and ‘verbally agreed’ a fee of £33m, but the Red Devils appear to be reluctant to back Rangnick in the transfer market given that he has only been appointed until the end of the season.

The situation has duly ‘caught the eye’ of Newcastle’s PIF ownership, who are now ‘eager to muscle in on a deal’ during the January transfer window.

The verdict

Haidara appears to be a very well-rounded midfielder. When compared to positional peers in the top five European leagues, he ranks in the 85th percentile for both shots and shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (via FBRef).

Beyond that, his numbers for progressive passing (93rd percentile), progressive carries (85th) and blocks (93rd) also stand out, while his playing profile is similar to Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans.

What’s more, Leipzig’s technical director Christopher Vivell has marvelled at Haidara’s ‘irrepressible will to win’, in addition to his ‘technique and understanding of the game’.

The Mali midfielder could be a difference-maker on Tyneside if Newcastle take full advantage of Man United’s dithering.

In other news, Keith Downie has an exciting transfer update for Newcastle fans 

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