NEWCASTLE UNITED are still keen on signing Moussa Diaby – despite the winger’s hefty price tag.
The Bayer Leverkusen winger caught the eye of the Premier League club with a string of stellar displays last season, in which he scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists.
But SunSport revealed earlier this month that the Magpies would have to stump up a club-record £50million to acquire the 22-year-old’s services.
The Saudi-backed club initially baulked at Leverkusen’s asking price for Diaby.
But Toon boss Eddie Howe is reportedly still interested in signing the talented forward.
That’s according to Sky Sports, who claim the northeast club still “retain an interest” in bringing him to St James’ Park.
Leverkusen, however, are refusing to adjust their asking price for the France international, who is also on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar.
The Bundesliga big boys are desperate to keep Diaby at the BayArena, with director of sport Simon Rolfes recently telling the Express: “No, no.
“For sure we want to keep Moussa for as long as possible.
“I know a lot of scouts have been sitting on our tribune during our matches because we have a lot of interesting, exciting young players with high potential.
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“It is always the same, we do not have any offers for him but we are not looking for that at the moment.
“We would like to keep him and for him to play with us next season in the Champions League.”
Newcastle have had a busy transfer window, bringing in three new faces to St James’ Park.
Nick Pope, Matt Targett and Sven Botman have arrived from Burnley, Aston Villa and Lille respectively and will likely not be the club’s only summer signings.
Newcastle will kick off their Premier League campaign on August 6, welcoming Championship play-off final winners Nottingham Forest to St James’.
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Source: The Sun
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