Formerly linked Senegalese midfielder Badou N’Diaye has admitted that he turned down offers from Newcastle, Everton and West Ham to sign for Turkish giants Galatasaray this summer.
The 26-year-old former Osmanlispor midfielder firmly believes he made the right choice in turning down a move to the Premier League and had the following to say when speaking in his homeland today:
“I had offers from England, particularly Everton, West Ham and Newcastle United, but when I received Galatasaray’s offer, I told my agent to go for it. When I came to Osmanlispor two years ago, the goal was to join a big club.
“I think that’s what I’ve done by moving to Galatasaray. I’ve joined the biggest club in Turkey. I’m going to help the team move forward regardless of where I play on the pitch”.
The midfielder had bagged 18 goals and 7 assists over the past two seasons from midfield in Turkey and it was Sky Sports who had credited us with an interest earlier this summer.
The Chronicle then followed up such suggestions by confirming that he was a player mentioned in transfer meetings, but not one Newcastle decided to seriously pursue.
With this in mind, it’s hard to be overly concerned that we missed out on him, especially given our priorities lie with the signing of a proven Premier League striker before anything else.