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Stoke overtake Newcastle in the race for Badou Ndiaye

Stoke, Newcastle & Badou Ndiaye

The clock is ticking for everyone in the January transfer market.

At the wrong end of the Premier League, the pressure to sign players is enormous at this time of year.

Stoke and Newcastle are two of 11 teams who could all be relegated this season. And it’s clear that both clubs are looking to sign players in the final days of the window.

Newcastle have landed Kenedy on loan from Chelsea. Stoke have picked up Moritz Bauer, Kostas Stafylidis and Moussa Niakate.

Now the two rivals are fighting for Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye. Stoke seem to be winning the race.

Who is Badou Ndiaye?

Badou Ndiaye is a 27-year-old Senegalese international.

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He’s enjoyed a rather humble career to date. His first move to Europe came when he joined Norwegian minnows Bodø/Glimt in 2012.

Turkish side Osmanlıspor signed him in 2015, while he joined Galatasaray for €7.5 million last year.

Galatasaray could now be set to make a tidy profit on Ndiaye amid reports Stoke have offered 14 million pounds for the midfielder.

Will Stoke get the deal done?

According to the Stoke Sentinel, that’s looking highly likely. They’ve reported the following on Sunday:

As far as Ndiaye is concerned, it looks like he is already preparing for life after Galatasaray. After being dropped for yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Osmanlispor he declared he wanted to go to the Premier League to join Stoke City.

Later that day he also removed any association with Galatasaray from his Instagram account.

Also see: Why West Ham, Newcastle & Brighton are in a January transfer freeze.

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