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Newcastle United are eager to beat Manchester United to the signing of Amadou Haidara and hope to tempt RB Leipzig to cash in with a £40m bid in the January transfer window.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who report the Toon want to avoid entering a bidding war this summer. The Mali international is now the Magpies’ top target after completing deals for Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood. But Eddie Howe remains keen on a centre-half.

Haidara is of interest to both Newcastle and Manchester United, whose interim boss Ralf Rangnick managed the dynamo at Leipzig. But the Red Devils were intent on waiting until the summer to move, as he would be available for £33m once a release clause is active.

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The Old Trafford hierarchy also want to hold out until the end of the term and Paul Pogba leaves. The Frenchman is a free agent from June, while Haidara is chasing £160k-a-week in wages. His salary demands are likely to make any move worth a total exceeding £80m.

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Manchester United’s reluctance to commit in January can let Newcastle steal an advantage in the transfer race for Leipzig’s Haidara. The Magpies are readying a £40m bid to bring him to England this month and price the Red Devils out.

Newcastle should have confidence in Haidara impact with Leipzig transfer

Manchester United want to avoid costly gambles in January, but Newcastle feel a transfer for RB Leipzig’s Haidara is a way to avoid relegation from the Premier League, it appears.

Haidara joined Die Roten Bullen from RB Salzburg under Rangnick for €19m (£16m) in 2019. He has since shown himself to be a formidable box-to-box engine room operator. He is also strong both in tackles and charging around the core of the field with a license to roam.

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Howe should have no issue believing the 25-cap Mali star – currently at AFCON – can make an impact on Tyneside. Both on and off the ball, his presence can be a big difference.

RB Leipzig Technical Director Christopher Vivell has long sung the midfielder’s praises for what he offers in the German top-flight. He once stated, via quotes by Bundesliga.com:

“He is characterised by his irrepressible will to win and his passion – coupled with good technique and understanding of the game.”

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