Newcastle United reportedly want to sign Tanguy Ndombele this summer, and are leading the race to secure his signature.
That’s according to French outlet Media Foot, who believe that the Magpies are in ‘pole position’ to land the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.
Ndombele is no longer needed at Spurs, who loaned him out in January. He went to Lyon, filling the Bruno Guimaraes shaped hole in their midfield after the Brazilian joined Newcastle.
Tottenham are now looking to move the Frenchman on again after a relatively disastrous spell in North London, and the 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Spain.
Unai Emery’s Villarreal are reportedly interested, but this claim from France suggests it is Newcastle who are the favourites to take him on.
Media Foot add that Spurs want around £42million for Ndombele, which would represent a significant loss. It would also make him Newcastle’s most expensive signing ever.
Ndombele was amazing on his last appearance against Newcastle
Ndombele would be a brilliant signing for Newcastle – if you are only judging him on his last performance at St James’ Park.
He started for Spurs in October last year, in what was the first Toon game after the takeover. The atmosphere was amazing, the noise was back, the hope had returned, Wor Flags put on a show.
Then Ndombele ran riot and ruined Newcastle’s afternoon. Callum Wilson had put Steve Bruce’s side in front, but Ndombele drew Spurs level with a wonderful strike. They went on to win 3-2.
He was irresistible on that day, and was described as a ‘maverick‘ by Tim Sherwood.
No chance Newcastle want him
While he might be a maverick in possession, Newcastle played into Ndombele’s hands that day. He is supremely talented, but was given the freedom of St James’ Park by a team that didn’t have the energy to press.
We made him look good, and that doesn’t mean we should be making a move for him this summer.
Financially, there’s no chance we are going to pay the kind of money Tottenham want – especially not when our priorities lie elsewhere in the transfer market.
Yes, he’s wonderful in possession. But he’s shocking out of it. That’s why so many Spurs managers have opted against playing him.
Talk of Ndombele coming to Newcastle sounds like absolute nonsense. To say we’re interested is one thing, but then to claim we’re in ‘pole position’ is madness. This feels like a nonsensical rumour that will be going absolutely nowhere.