Newcastle United reportedly enter race to sign Senegal international

The Magpies are the latest Premier League side to be linked with SK Brann star Stephane Badji, amid interest from Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

Newcastle United could be lining up a January bid for Norwegian Tippeligaen star Stephane Badji after sending scouts out to watching the Senegal international in action.

According to reports, the Magpies may table an offer for the midfielder this January, having been impressed by the form of the 24-year-old at current club SK Brann.

Badji first arrived in Norway from Senegalese league side Casa Sport in 2011, initially moving to Sogndal Fotball where he impressed enough to earn a move to SK Brann back in March 2013.

A versatile midfielder who is capable of playing in a central, right-sided or attacking role, Badji has been capped twice by Senegal thus far and featured for the national team at the 2012 Olympics in London.

That under-23 side featured several current Premier League stars including Sadio Mane, Cheikhou Kouyate and Mohammed Diame among others.

And Newcastle could yet face competition for the signature of the highly-rated 24-year-old, amid reports previously link Crystal Palace and Sunderland with moves for the player.

The Eagles and Black Cats are not the only top-flight side keen on a move either, with West Bromwich Albion also thought to be tracking his progress.

But with Newcastle riding high in the Premier League following a run of six consecutive wins, a St James’ Park switch could well be Badji’s preferred option.

A Toon move would also allow him to link up with fellow Senegal international Papiss Cisse, and would undoubtedly come highly rated by fellow compatriot and national team ally Demba Ba, who previously flourished during his stay in the north east.

While no transfer fee has yet been mentioned, the 6ft 3in is rumoured to have a £750,000 release clause in his contract with Brann and could be on the move this January.

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