Newcastle United supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern recently after seeing their side lose back-to-back Premier League matches before the international break, and a trip to Manchester United on Saturday is hardly filling them with confidence.
Rafa Benitez’s men made a fine start to the new season upon return to the top-flight by winning four of their opening nine league games, but things have gone slightly downhill in recent times after suffering 1-0 defeats at the hands of Burnley and Bournemouth just prior to the fortnight interruption. And things don’t get much easier for the Magpies as they face a daunting trip to Jose Mourinho’s United on Saturday, with the North East giants going in search of a first win at Old Trafford since 2013.
Thus, there have been many deflated Newcastle fans in the Tavern this week, although many are likely to be encouraged by a recent report from Turkish newspaper Aksam (via talkSPORT), which suggests that the Magpies could break the bank to land Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye.
The 27-year-old only moved to the Super Lig giants earlier this year after impressing in a two-year spell at Turkish rivals Osmanlispor, and he has gone on to appear in all but one of Galatasaray’s 11 league matches thus far, what with him being suspended for their most recent one against Genclerbirligi.
West Ham reportedly tried to land the Senegal international during the summer but to no avail, yet recent reports suggest that Benitez’s Newcastle could target a move for the midfielder in January, as he reportedly has an £18 million release clause in his contract.
That would see the Magpies break their club transfer record, which stands at the £16.8 million they spent on Michael Owen back in 2005, but would clearly signal a huge statement of intent from the club’s hierarchy that they are willing to back Benitez to take the club up the Premier League table.
Landlord’s verdict: Much was made of Newcastle’s troubles in landing key transfer targets over the summer, with manager Rafa Benitez particularly frustrated with their struggles.
Yet the Magpies board could well be prepared to break the bank and indeed their club transfer record to bring Badou Ndiaye to St James’ Park in January, just a few months on from his move to Turkish giants Galatasaray.
The 27-year-old reportedly has an £18 million release clause in his contract, and were Newcastle willing to meet that in January, it would be a huge statement of intent, and the sort of deal which could well convince Benitez of the club’s long-term ambitions.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!