Monaco star Benoit Badiashile admits he dreams about playing in the Premier League, with Newcastle and West Ham said to be keen on the defender.
The 21-year-old has been turning heads with his displays for the principality outfit. And, in addition to the Magpies and Hammers, Manchester United are also thought to hold an interest in the France Under-21 ace. The Red Devils tried to sign the centre-back in the summer of 2020 but saw their £22m bid rejected.
Newcastle and West Ham are thought to have made offers in the recent January window. Eddie Howe’s side supposedly offered £33m but were given short shrift.
And it seems as though the Ligue 1 outfit want in the region of £40m for the rangy stopper. Whether or not the north-east outfit return with another bid in the summer only time will tell.
But they certainly have the resources after the Saudi-backed takeover. Howe used his funds wisely in the winter window, recruiting well to aid his side’s ascent away from the relegation zone.
And, with three games to go, the Tynesiders sit tenth in the table, with 43 points to their name. It is inevitable that there will be further new faces arriving at St James’ Park in the summer.
And Badiashile is clearly open to the idea of playing in the Premier League.
“I had some contact with English clubs (in January), but this was just informal contact,” he told Goal France. “For me, the Premier League is the best league. So, naturally, I dream about it.”
Badiashile fits Newcastle profile
Newcastle were desperate to sign a central defender in the winter window. Howe was hoping to tighten up his defence for what he felt would be a relegation battle, with Sven Botman on the radar.
But they failed to land the Dutchman and will need to go back into the market in the off-season. David Moyes is also known to be eager for a new centre-back as he looks to improve his West Ham side.
They have faded in recent weeks and the possibility of a top-four berth has long since evaporated. Defeat in the Europa League semi-finals was a kick in the teeth but they will go again in 2022-2023.
Whether or not the £40m being quoted is too much for the London Stadium side is open to debate. But, of the two clubs mentioned, Newcastle seem the more likely to get their man.
Monaco may have held out in January but, renowned as a selling club, it would be no surprise to see them cash in this summer.