The need for defensive reinforcements at St. James’s park is now greater than ever and the latest player to be linked with a move to Tyneside is AS Nancy’s left full back, Massadio Haidara.
Haidara in French circles is known as a bit of a wonderkid and this is evident from the fact that he has represented at various youth levels for France. And it’s only a matter of time before he goes on to represent Les blues.
Described as a fast and technically-giften left-back, he is exactly the type of signing that Newcastle need and if you believe the French experts, then Haidara is an excellent prospect. At only 20 years of age, the scope for improvement and molding into a finished article is immense. Haidara was also named as one of the ‘’best hopes’’ for the 2012-13 season by a French football magazine.
Haidara started his career at Versailles 78, staying at the club for two years from 2004-2006. He then moved to AC Boulogne-Billancourt where again he remained for two seasons. He signed for AS Nancy at the age of 15 and quickly became a rising star of the clubs youth system. Haidara made his Nancy debut in 2010 before signing his professional contract in 2011.
This season Haidara has made 15 appearances for the club and has been a rare stand out performer for the team that currently lie at the bottom of Ligue 1.
As things stand, Haidara is currently being pursued by 5 premier league teams – Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspurs, Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham United – along with the Italian giants Fiorentina. In fact Aston Villa nearly signed him last year before the move fell through after Alex McLeish was sacked by the midlands club.
We think he would be one of the better signings that Newcastle can make; he can also play on the left side of midfield which we all know is something that every manager desires. The competition as one can see for the player will be tough and we would not be too surprised if some of the bigger footballing powers also come in for him.
We would just like the club to move quickly in for him and close out the deal. It is widely understood that Newcastle can get him for a fee of around €3m, which in our opinion would be an absolute steal for a player who, at a young age, can already perform at the top level.
What do you think?