Newcastle: £60m star now 'open' to exciting St James' Park move

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Newcastle United target Moussa Diaby is ‘open’ to making the proposed move from Bayer Leverkusen, according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs.

The Magpies have been heavily linked with the talented 23-year-old throughout the summer and could still seal a deal in what remains of the transfer window.

What is the latest news involving Diaby?

A recent report from The Telegraph revealed that Newcastle are interested in signing Diaby, although Leverkusen’s £60 million asking price is proving to be a major stumbling block in negotiations.

It’s claimed that Eddie Howe’s charges have scouted the France international extensively in recent months and have been impressed by what they’ve seen but are unwilling to pay such a substantial figure.

90min have since provided an update on Newcastle’s stance towards Diaby, though, disclosing that they would be prepared to pay a club-record fee for his services.

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The North East outfit splashed out £40m to sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim back in 2019, and could offer a similar amount for Diaby over the coming weeks.

In 42 appearances last season, the skilful winger bagged 17 goals and laid on a further 14 assists, firing his side to a third-placed finish in the Bundesliga standings.

What has Jacobs said about Diaby?

Newcastle abandoned their attempts to sign Stade Reims Hugo Ekitike following a lengthy pursuit and are therefore anticipated to move for an alternative attacker.

Jacobs has informed GiveMeSport that Diaby would be willing to make the switch to St. James’ Park yet the newly-rich Premier League side ‘won’t overpay’.

He told GMS: “Newcastle are really keen on signing a winger and a striker. Diaby is possible, he’s open to the move, but it remains to be seen whether Bayer Leverkusen will sell. Newcastle also won’t overpay for Diaby.

Who could Newcastle sign instead?

Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Everton’s Anthony Gordon has emerged as potential targets for Newcastle as they look to bolster their attacking threat down the flanks.

Noni Madueke of PSV Eindhoven is another player believed to be on the Toon Army’s radar after registering 32 goal contributions in 70 outings for the Dutch giants.

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All three stars are young, English and have plenty of years left on their contracts, meaning they are also unlikely to come cheaply.

Only time will tell who Newcastle decide to move for, but it certainly seems as though improving Howe’s options in the final third of the pitch is now the priority for the club.

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