Former 'outstanding' Newcastle target now put on club's transfer list
Report: ‘Outstanding’ player now put on the transfer list, after claims Newcastle want to sign him
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Report: ‘Outstanding’ player now put on the transfer list, after claims Newcastle want to sign him

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been put on the side’s January transfer list, after claims Newcastle United want to sign him.

That’s according to Italian outlet Calciomercato, who report the Reds have put Toon target Keita, alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nat Phillips, up for sale.

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The Guinea international is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Magpies have been keeping a watchful eye on his situation as they look to lure him to St James’ Park.

As per a previous report from Milan Live, the Tyneside outfit have been pondering a potential move for the 27-year-old, who is also receiving interest from AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and West Ham United.

Available on a free in the summer, Milan Live have said that Newcastle could look to make an offer to sign him in January, as the Merseyside club will be open to cashing-in on the midfielder – instead of allowing him to leave for nothing just six months later.

Previous Newcastle target Keita now up for sale

Despite arguments against this, Keita’s talent is undeniable. Earlier this year, Reds legend Luis Garcia hailed the Guinean for his ‘outstanding’ performance in the Champions League.

With his dazzling dribbling and his creativity pushing into the final third, the 27-year-old would link up well with Newcastle’s attack from the midfield. Eddie Howe was also touted with interest in signing an attacking midfielder last summer, so this move wouldn’t be without the realms of possibility.

However, Keita would likely be a poor signing for the Magpies to make. Besides a five-minute cameo in the Community Shield, the player is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this season, having been absent with a hamstring injury.

Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for the former RB Leipzig man. Since arriving at Anfield in 2017, Keita has spent the majority of his playing career on the sidelines.

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Unable to string together a run of consecutive games, he would be a silly signing for Newcastle to make. Instead of matching his £120,000 weekly wage, this money could be better spent elsewhere.

The likes of James Maddison, who has previously been of strong interest, would be a far superior signing, so hopefully Howe and co decide to look elsewhere with this one.