Newcastle’s top two priorities for the summer window appear to be a left-handed striker and centre-back. Most of their budget is likely to be directed towards these two areas.
Links to left-handed centre-backs abound with Frankfurt’s Evan Ndicka, Sporting Lisbon’s Goncalo Inacio and Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo making headlines in recent weeks.
At the end of last month, Benoit Badiashile returned to the discussion. A report from France claimed that Newcastle are still tracking the Monaco defender.
Badiashile was initially seen as an alternative to main target Sven Botman. However, the 21-year-old suffered an untimely hamstring injury which ended Newcastle interest, at least in January.
The France U21 international has recently confirmed interest from Premier League clubs. That’s what Badiashile said Goal France when asked about English club contacts:
“We all know the Premier League, for me it’s the best championship that exists so it naturally makes me dream.
“But as I said before, I’m doing well in Monaco and I’m in no rush to leave. I had contacts with English clubs, but it was only contacts.
Badiashile has recovered from his hamstring injury despite missing most of January and all of February. Newcastle then brought in Dan Burn who became an inspired signing.
The Geordie have started the last 13 to coincide with Newcastle’s rise in the standings. However, Eddie Howe will likely look to get younger in the role and Benoit Badiashile could be one to watch.
The Frenchman’s price is between £30m-35m. He is highly regarded and fits the left-footed profile that Newcastle seem to be aiming for.