Newcastle United have now made an offer for Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby as the Magpies look to do some business on transfer deadline day.
What’s the story?
Steve Bruce’s side have endured a difficult start to the Premier League season, remaining winless from their opening three games and currently lying in the bottom three with only Norwich and Arsenal behind them.
However, it appears the Magpies could be set to reinforce the centre of their defence, with Spanish publication Super Deporte claiming that they have indeed made an offer for Diakhaby.
The report adds that it remains to be seen whether Valencia will be open to accepting it, but with the deadline looming, the future of the France under-21 international remains unclear.
Fans will be buzzing
Standing at an imposing 6 foot 4, the 24-year-old is a powerful centre-half who not only can read the game well, but also have the passing ability to play out from the back and not just hoof it into row Z.
As per WhoScored, he has a career average of 1.2 interceptions per game, which is better than any Newcastle centre-back this season; while he also boasts an impressive pass accuracy of 85.9%, which would put him near the top of the Magpies’ squad for that metric.
Given his natural height and aerial presence, it’s not that surprising that he’s actually scored ten goals in 147 games from centre-back, including a notable one in the Europa League semi-final against Arsenal a couple of years ago at the Emirates Stadium.
Diakhaby would arrive at St James’ Park as someone with real physicality and power, and that should bode well for the rigours of Premier League football.
Reports that the Magpies have now made an offer for the Frenchman are sure to have left fans buzzing as Newcastle finally look to try and do some more business in this summer transfer window.