According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United could move for Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye in this summer’s transfer window.
Ndiaye only joined Stoke from Galatasaray in the January transfer window, with the Potters paying the best part of £14m to sign the midfielder.
The 27-year-old could not prevent the English club from being relegated to the Championship, however, and his future is now being called into question.
According to The Chronicle, Newcastle were also interested in Ndiaye in January, and are ready to offer the powerful midfielder, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, an immediate return to the Premier League.
Sporx have claimed that Ndiaye has a relegation release clause in his Stoke deal, and it would be a major surprise if he remained with the now Championship club this summer.
As mentioned above, Ndiaye could not prevent Stoke from being relegated last season, but there is no question that he made a positive impression in the Premier League.
Indeed, the midfielder, who is currently with the Senegal squad at the 2018 World Cup, scored twice in 13 Premier League appearances in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.
His powerful running and clever use of the ball would have caught the eye of a number of clubs, and Newcastle’s reported interest is certainly not a surprise.
It is unlikely that the Magpies would have to break the bank to sign Ndiaye this summer, and there is no question that he would complement the likes of Mohamed Diame and Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the park.
That said, it might well be that Rafael Benitez’s side, who have also been linked with Sporting Lisbon’s Carlos Mane, have to fight a number of clubs for Ndiaye’s signature if he enjoys a strong World Cup in Russia.