Newcastle Once Again Linked With Diafra Sakho Transfer
Metz easily topped Ligue 2 by eleven points last season but have now announced they will sell star striker Diafra Sakho.
Despite their elevation to Ligue 1, Metz only averaged crowds of thirteen thousand and are now ready to cash in on Sakho to strengthen their overall squad.
Sakho was top scorer in Ligue 2 with twenty goals last season and over the course of last year, Newcastle were reported to be regularly watching the Senegalese striker, though they were in good company.
Towards the end of last season, a Metz club representative said;
“Every game there are around fifteen clubs from abroad who send representatives to watch him, including English clubs.”
While Metz had repeatedly claimed they wanted to hang onto the player, the President of Metz, Bernard Serin has now admitted circumstances have changed, though they are waiting for their first serious offer;
“We have agreed that if there is a very good offer, then the door is open.
“For now though, there is no proposal.”
Newcastle were linked with Diafra Sakho earlier in this transfer window but at the time stated via Sky that they weren’t interested in him.
The fact the striker only has one year left on his contract and hasn’t shown any interest on committing long-term to Metz, has no doubt played a big part in the President very publicly putting him up for sale.
In France the media are suggesting Newcastle are now interested but just how far down the club are down their list of striker targets is anybody’s guess. What isn’t in doubt is that United desperately need to still sign at least one striker who could potentially score the goals to help Newcastle move forward again.
The biggest worry must be that twenty four year old Sakho has played no higher than Ligue 2 so far, though with Mike Ashley not willing to compete for strikers with proven goalscoring records at the top level, Newcastle aren’t going to be getting the finished product whoever they buy.
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