Recently linked Stoke midfielder Badou Ndiaye has admitted that he’ll make a decision on his future after the World Cup, with Turkish reports claiming that he is aware of interest from Newcastle, Everton and former club Galatasaray.
It was reported just last week that the 27-year-old was keen on a move to Newcastle this summer, however there’s been little follow up since those claims – although the Chronicle have admitted that he IS a player Benitez and NUFC have watched and liked in the past.
This adds fuel to the fire, especially after Stoke’s relegation, with him looking almost certain to leave the Bet 365 Stadium this summer despite joining them for £14m just earlier this year.
Turkish outlet ‘Fanatik’ claim that his former employers Galatasaray are very keen to have him back, however it’s said that they’re only able to offer a season-long loan deal due to their financial struggles – where as ourselves and Everton would entertain permanent moves.
Here’s what the man himself had to say about his next move this summer:
“I can’t say anything about my future right now or where I will be playing next season.
“I will make a final decision over which club I will play for at the end of the World Cup.”
If we’re serious about signing him then Everton’s interest is a worry given their ability to spend big on fees and wages, but he may be more likely to get guaranteed game time at Newcastle.
Ndiaye did not feature in Senegal’s first group game (a 2-1 win over Poland), however he did start yesterday, playing 81 minutes of their 2-2 draw with Japan.
He’ll be one to watch on Thursday if he’s handed another start, with Senegal taking on Colombia in a winner takes all clash in Group H.