Is Badou Ndiaye the man Newcastle should break their transfer record for?

Badou Ndiaye (R) of Osmanlispor celebrates scoring during the UEFA Europa League group L football match between FC Steaua Bucharest and Osmanlispor in Bucharest, Romania on November 24,...

Newcastle United are said to be keeping a close eye on the powerful midfielder who would be a significant upgrade on Isaac Hayden.

Badou Ndiaye (R) of Osmanlispor celebrates scoring during the UEFA Europa League group L football match between FC Steaua Bucharest and Osmanlispor in Bucharest, Romania on November 24,...

According to Turkish publication Sporx, Newcastle United are closely monitoring Badou Ndiaye, but with an £18million price tag on his head, the Magpies would need to break their transfer record to bring the 27-year-old to St. James' Park.

That may be a great decision if Ndiaye plays to his full potential, having bossed the midfield since his summer switch to Galatasaray and looking a considerable upgrade on current Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden.

Olympiakos' Greek defender Panagiotis Retsos (L) and Spanish defender Alberto Botia (R) vy for the ball with Osmanlispor's Senegalese midfielder Badou Ndiaye during the UEFA Europa League...

Newcastle did some good business in the summer but missing out on Ndiaye for a cut-price fee was a mistake they could live to regret. 

It will already take considerably more to bring him to England either in January or next summer, but he would be well worth the investment.

Newcastle need more fight in the centre of the park; a player with real steel who can do the dirty work so the club's more creative players can focus on what they do best.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Mikel Merino is the creative catalyst for this Newcastle side and adding Ndiaye alongside him and Jonjo Shelvey could work wonders.

Galatasaray will not want to part company with the Senegal international so soon, yet every player has their price and Newcastle know exactly what that is. It is now their decision whether to act or write the player off as one that got away.

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