For the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern, January additions are simply vital. Indeed, with their Premier League status hanging in the balance amid a failed takeover on Tyneside, our punters propping up the bar are eager to see Mike Ashley splash the cash.
Obviously, many of our resident Geordies aren’t hanging their hats on the idea of a January splurge, though reports emanating out of Turkey have gone down a storm amongst our punters clad in black and white. According to Aksam, the Magpies have tabled an €18m offer for Galatasaray star, Badou Ndiaye.
That reported figure roughly equates to £15.8m, just under Newcastle’s current transfer record at £16m. Stoke City are another side also thought to be keen on the 27-year-old explosive midfielder, though the Potters aren’t believed to have offered as much as the Toon Army.
Reportedly valued at €20m by those in the Turkish capital, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Newcastle up their apparent offer, with a striker surely the priority here on Tyneside.
Surely not. Mike Ashley rarely approves such big money signings and, with goals so urgently required at St. James’ Park, spending most of their limited transfer budget on a midfielder wouldn’t be too clever.
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