According to reports, Newcastle United will work harder this month to finalize the signing of a “elite” player in an attempt to complete a crucial deal.
The Magpies’ season needs a boost, and their most recent poor performance was a late 3-2 loss to Manchester City at home. They need to make some fresh recruits during the January transfer window. Many players have been mentioned as potential targets for Newcastle, but Kalvin Phillips seems to have the best chance of landing a loan move to St James’ Park and ending his time at Manchester City.
Serhou Guirassy, a 27-year-old striker with a low release clause who has scored an incredible 17 goals in just 14 Bundesliga games this season, is someone the Magpies are reportedly considering as a powerful addition in attack.
Goncalo Inacio and Ousmane Diomande, who are both now at Sporting CP, have been linked to moves to Newcastle since it’s possible that Eddie Howe may try to enhance his defensive options in 2024.
Ousmane Diomande is the newest to Newcastle.
The Mirror reports that despite being “under the microscope” by FFP, PIF, the owners of Newcastle, is planning to step up its efforts to recruit Ousmane Diomande.
“In an effort to prepare for the anticipated fierce competition for the Ivory Coast defender, Newcastle will intensify their scouting of Ousmane Diomande this month. Diomande, 20, has catapulted to popularity performing this season for Sporting Lisbon, who top the Portuguese Primeira Liga. He has played in 21 matches so far this season in Portugal, most notably for Sporting as the center of a back three, though he can also play on the right.”
The publication further states that “Newcastle may have to break their transfer record to land the starlet after previously buying Swedish striker Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad for a record £58million rising to £63m, including add-ons” , which included Diomande “valued at £70m” . However, given that Newcastle’s finances are “under the microscope,” they are anticipated to make a smaller initial bid “mid the Premier League Financial Fair Play climate.”
Given his long-term potential as a player, if the Magpies are able to sign Diomande in 2024, it may turn out to be one of their most significant transactions in a while. The 20-year-old is already a vital member of Sporting’s squad, having started 15 Primeira Liga games this year and completed 91.2% of his passes. The following table illustrates his beneficial impact:
This season’s Premier League statistics for Ousmane DiomandeOverall Visuals15 ObjectivesOne Helps1 Clearance and 1.7 Attacks per game1.5 Pass percentage of 91.2%
Football talent scout Jacek Kulig described the young Frenchman as a “elite” player, saying that “you rarely see a player with such high ball-playing and pure defender skills.” Newcastle will need to work hard to sign him in January, as he will be a key player for years to come.