Valencia central defender Mouctar Diakhaby turned down a move to Newcastle United last month.

The Frenchman was touted as a possible signing for the Magpies.

Valencia CF v Real Sociedad - La Liga Santander
Mouctar Diakhaby (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

It was claimed that he was up for sale and that Newcastle were poised to swoop.

Apparently he saw the last window as his opportunity to leave and start a new chapter.

According to Marca though, Diakhaby was simply not interested in a move to St. James’ Park.

The publication say there was an English club ‘from the lower-middle part’ that wanted to have him in their ranks and that bid for him (on loan).

It is explained that the 24-year-old and his representatives had hoped for better than a team in that region of the Premier League table.

Valencia CF v Real Valladolid CF - La Liga Santander
Mouctar Diakhaby (Photo by Jose Miguel Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Marca brand Diakhaby’s call to stay put a ‘surprising decision’.


Despite remaining with the Spanish side, Diakhaby apparently knows his time with the club is over.

Barring a shock renaissance for him, that would strongly suggest he will be leaving in the next transfer window.

It remains to be seen if Newcastle will make a go of signing him then.

Who can blame him?

That Diakhaby didn’t make a move to Newcastle this summer is no real surprise.

The situation at St. James’ Park is rather hopeless right now.

Athletic de Bilbao v Valencia - La Liga Santander
Mouctar Diakhaby (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The club have made a really poor start to the new season, and only brought in Joe Willock in the transfer window.

It looks set to be a season of struggle, which makes attracting players much more difficult.

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