Stoke City may be preparing to lose Badou Ndiaye this summer.
According to the Stone Sentinel, Stoke City are anticipating big offers for midfielder Badou Ndiaye this summer, but haven't given up hope of keeping him at the bet365 Stadium.
Gary Rowett's men appear set to keep Jack Butland and Joe Allen, and now they seemingly want Ndiaye to be the latest star player to commit to a Championship promotion push following the club's relegation.
A £14million signing from Turkish giants Galatasaray in January, Ndiaye showed real promise for Stoke, bagging two goals and one assist in 13 games whilst earning plaudits for his box-to-box ability.
Formerly of Osmanlispor, Ndiaye looks set for a starring role in the Championship if he stays – but Newcastle United may yet have something to say about his future.
The report notes interest from the Magpies, and whilst Newcastle did bring in midfielder Ki Sung-yueng on a free transfer on Friday, they would be wise to keep Ndiaye on their radar.
Mohamed Diame has impressed in 2018, but adding more athleticism and determination in Ndiaye would be a smart move, whilst he has greater attacking ability than Ki and Jonjo Shelvey.
Shelvey and Ki are both talented passers but aren't the most mobile of midfielders, whereas Ndiaye would be able to get up and down the pitch whilst providing both bite and quality on the ball for manager Rafael Benitez.
It may take a fee between £15million and £20million to secure Ndiaye's signature, but Benitez and co would be wise to continue pursuing Ndiaye – even with Stoke attempting to fend off interested clubs.