With Cuadrado on the verge of signing for the Blues - as per the BBC - the Serie A club do not want to be left without a back-up, and, as security for potentially missing out on Salah, they have earmarked Evian winger Daniel Wass as a late transfer target.
The 25-year-old Danish international can play on the right-wing, as well as at right-back, and Calciomercato claim that talks are progressing well between Fiorentina and Ligue 1 side Evian regarding the transfer of the player. Having sent representatives to France at the weekend to open negotiations, the club want to up the pressure today so as to complete a deal before the close of the window.
However, Fiorentina are facing competition from the Premier League for Wass’s signature, with the same Calciomercato report suggesting that Newcastle are attempting to ‘flatter’ the French-based star ahead of making a late swoop for him this evening.
Although they have left their business until very late in the transfer window, the Magpies could theoretically offer him a greater financial package and a higher quality of football in England, although Fiorentina are fighting for European qualification, and Wass could be tempted by the chance of turning out in the Europa League or Champions League next term.
What does this mean for Newcastle?
With a deal far from completion with the Toon, it is far more likely that Wass will be turning out for the Viola come the close of the transfer window. Due to the change in management at St James’ Park, thoughts have clearly been far from transfer business, and missing out on Wass will be understandable, although they will likely increase their interest in the coming hours to attempt to force a move through to Tyneside.