Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Amadou Haidara this week.
According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies are considering a swoop for the Mali international to bolster their midfield for the second half of the campaign.
Newcastle have made a bright start to the January window so far.
Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood have both moved to St. James’ Park, and it is hoped that Eddie Howe will be able to count on a new centre-back coming in before the game with Watford on Saturday.
Newcastle also need to strengthen their midfield, and Haidara is an interesting link.
RB Leipzig’s midfield dynamo has been with the German outfit since 2019 when he transferring from RB Salzburg.
He has enjoyed a great spell so far. It is little wonder he is getting linked with some big clubs.
The Mail say that he would demand wages of £160,000-a-week, which is a lot of money.
But then, Haidara is a serious talent.
Marco Rose is certainly a huge fan of him. The current Borussia Dortmund manager, who worked with him at Salzburg, said: “He’s an excellent footballer who doesn’t worry too much. He just goes out and shows his qualities on the pitch. He has a lot of dynamism, particularly with the ball, and he’s willing to work and has a lot of good attributes.”
Leipzig’s technical director Christopher Vivell has also heaped praise on Haidara.
He said: “He is characterised by his irrepressible will to win and his passion, coupled with good technique and understanding of the game.”
Amadou Haidara could be perfect for Newcastle under Eddie Howe
This is a potential transfer that end up being be very expensive for Newcastle.
But Haidara is quality, all-action midfielder who would really raise the standards in the Magpies’ engine room.
The 23-year-old models his game on Yaya Toure, and also counts Steven Gerrard as one of his biggest influences.
He says he is a combative player, who also possesses a good shot.
Haidara is a a player that can do it all.
Adding him into the mix would have Newcastle looking much stronger in the middle of the park.