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Newcastle’s newfound wealth has seen a whole host of players linked with the task of joining in January and keeping the Magpies in the Premier League. Umar Sadiq of Almeria has previously been linked with a move to Tyneside, but the Andalusian club have been stubborn in negotiations – with the club reportedly not budging from his £60million price tag.
Sadiq moved to Almeria from Partizan Belgrade in the summer of 2020 after a prolific spell in Serbia with 23 goals in 52 games.
Having been somewhat of a journeyman throughout his career – clocking up loan spells at Bologna, Torino, Rangers and Partizan themselves whilst he was on the books at Roma – it became clear that Sadiq would have to find a permanent home before he started firing.
That came at Partizan, where his talents saw him earn a move to Almeria – and with 27 league goals in just 56 games for the Almeriensistas, Sadiq has increased his reputation across Europe.
Newcastle have been credited with an interest in the Nigerian International, alongside Spanish powerhouses Barcelona.
But after a report stated Sadiq’s value was around £18m, Newcastle chiefs have been told to triple their initial offer – as the second-tier Spanish outfit want £60m for their star man.
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The report by Mundo Deportivo claims that Sadiq’s name has cropped up in various meetings with Barcelona’s technical staff after Sergio Aguero’s retirement and Luuk de Jong’s likely exit.
Having scored seven in 15 league games for Almeria, the club have known of Barcelona’s interest for months but refuse to listen to offers.
Currently sitting 10 points clear of the play-off spots, there is no reason for Almeria to sell their main striking asset given the riches that will be offered to the club should they be promoted to La Liga.
And having already done a deal to bring Darwin Nunez to the club – who is now excelling at Benfica – there is a reported feeling at Almeria that they do not want the situation to escape from them again.
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Newcastle’s precarious league position has left them in a lurch, with the club desperate for reinforcements to avoid Championship humiliation.
They currently sit five points adrift of safety, remaining the only side yet to win a game this season in England’s top six divisions alongside Dover Athletic.
New manager Eddie Howe will be looking for fresh hunger in his squad in January, with Sadiq one of those it appears he thinks can bring that.
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But for a fee of £60m, there are likely to be better options available on the market.
Newcastle’s next game is the away fixture against high-flying Arsenal.
And with the Gunners having lost just one game since August 28, it will take a huge effort from the Tyneside club to get rid of their unwanted winless record.
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