Nancy star admits attraction of future Newcastle move
Nancy full-back Massaido Haïdara says he would be interested in moving to the Premier League following a bid from Newcastle United but admits he is in no hurry to leave France.
Newcastle are believed to have submitted a bid in the region of €2.5 million for the French Under-21 international, but Nancy are believed to be holding out for closer to their €4 million valuation.
The 20-year-old, who is of Senegalese descent, has played almost 30 times in Ligue 1 after signing his first professional contract in January 2011.
Haidara has revealed the Magpies is an attractive destination now due to their large French contingent, but the defender admits he is happy to gain further experience in his homeland before venturing abroad.
Speaking to Eurosport, Haïdara said: “I have not been contacted. Newcastle could interest me. It wouldn’t bother me to play there, moving to a club where there are already a lot of French speakers would help me settle in.
“I have a preference for England. This is the championship that attracts me. I’m not into the idea of going at all costs. I will leave if there is a good proposal for me and my club. I’m twenty-years-old and not in such a hurry to leave. Nancy gives me the opportunity to play and it’s important at my age.”
Haïdara also refused to rule out a move to Serie A, amid reports that Roma were also interested in securing his services.
Commenting on links to the Giallorossi, he said: “I’m not closed to the idea. Roma is a very good team, so why not play for them?”