According to an ‘exclusive’ from the Express, Newcastle have now expressed an interest in signing highly-rated Toulouse talent Ibrahim Sangare.
The 22-year-old has been regarded as one of Ligue 1’s top young players in recent seasons, being tipped to make a big money to England for a few years now, however he looks set to be available on the cheap following Toulouse’s relegation to the French second tier was confirmed this week.
The Express state both ourselves and Everton are at the ‘front of the queue’ for his signature, with The Chronicle also hinting that he’s a player with big potential who’s been earmarked as an overdue replacement for Mo Diame:
While I don’t claim to be a regular watcher of French league football, he’s looked a real talent and stood out in a poor Toulouse team whenever I’ve seen any of their games on BT Sport over the past few seasons.
He’s 6ft 3′ and an imposing midfielder with impressive defensive numbers, but what often stood out to me was his ability to also carry the ball and pick a pass, suggesting he could be an IDEAL cut-price alternative to Lille’s Soumare – a similar type of player, yet one we almost signed for £35m plus back in January.
With Toulouse forced to cash in this summer, it’d be a no-brainer to turn our attentions to Sangare; especially when he’d be available for half the price.
Some may say “we won’t need to buy bargains” if we have silly-rich Saudi owners or should be “aiming for proven players” if we’ve got the cash, but we’ll still have to shop smart in the transfer window if we’re planning to simultaneously make BIG signings and stay within FFP restrictions – making bargains like him hugely attractive.
I’ve seen a lot of Newcastle fans scoffing at this link on social media, but I’m confident Sangare will soon go on to prove that this idea you “shouldn’t sign relegated players” really is a myth.
An exciting young player with BIG potential who we’d do well to sign – whether a takeover happens or not!
One to watch this summer?