The Chronicle’s Chris Waugh has revealed some of the midfielders Rafa Benitez may be considering as he attempts to replace Isaac Hayden – with the likes of Badou Ndiaye, Thiago Maia, Clement Grenier and Giannelli Imbula all named as potential targets.
This comes after some surprise news yesterday confirmed a homesick Isaac Hayden has handed in a transfer request at NUFC, with the 23-year-old now attracting interest from Brighton – who are willing to pay an alleged £10m to take him back down south this summer.
Unfortunately for us, this creates a potential hole in our squad, and the Chronicle have released a piece on the midfielders options Benitez could sign in his place.
Out of the four realistic options mentioned, Stoke’s Badou Ndiaye seems the most plausible to me.
Grenier could be a very shrewd addition IF he stays fit -being a tempting prospect after claims in France that he’s available for just €3m – however his fitness issues make a move for him quite an unreliable one.
As Chris confirms, Ndiaye has been scouted by NUFC in the past – with Rafa said to have been ‘impressed by the feedback’ he received – and you’d think he’d be available for little over £10m (the surprise fee we’re expected to receive for Hayden) given Stoke’s relegation.
Ndiaye’s teamate Giannelli Imbula and Lille’s Thiago Maia are also two who are mentioned as potentials, but I’ve got a feeling about Ndiaye given our previous interest, his eagerness to stay in England and the fact he looked anything but out of place in the Premier League since joining Stoke from Galatasaray in January.
The likes of Danny Drinkwater, Stefan Sturaro and Ruben Loftus Cheek were also mentioned in this piece by the Chronicle, but Waugh suggests that all three seem unlikely to replace Hayden given the hefty price tags they’re all likely to demand.
Who would you like to see us sign in Hayden’s place folks?