Reported target Stephane Diarra has admitted he’s flattered to have received interest from Newcastle United ahead of the January transfer window.
This comes a few weeks after L’Equipe revealed that Newcastle United scouts had been tracking the 21-year-old winger ‘regularly’, and the player himself has now responded to news of our reported interest.
Here’s what the Ivorian talent told Goal when asked if he could leave Le Mans for St James’ Park next month:
“It’s good to know that several clubs follow you, but leaving Le Mans this winter? I don’t know,”
“I need to stay focused on my season. I’ll watch what is going on and we will see.
“I have to progress in a lot of areas but especially on efficiency – that’s the biggest point for me. I have to do more and work on my final ball.
“Things are good today but not good enough.”
The former Rennes youngster is believed to be one of the most exciting talents in the French second tier, however the Chronicle suggest he’s seen as “work-in-progress” – meaning he’d likely join our U-23 ranks should we make a move.
Diarra has 3 goals and 2 assists so far this season and would have no visa issues should Newcastle make a January move, with the Chronicle revealing that he holds a French passport.
Not the proven goal scorer we need to sign in January, but it’s good to see the club are at least looking to sign some of Europe’s most promising young talents.