Newcastle are targeting defensive reinforcements despite a limited transfer budget this summer
Newcastle and Leicester City are both said to hold an ‘interest’ in Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby, according to Spanish title AS via Sport Witness.
The 24-year-old has been a first-team regular for the La Liga outfit this season, but has reportedly been informed of the club’s desire to cash-in this summer, due to the ongoing financial issues at the Spanish club.
Newcastle are keen to strengthen their defensive ranks, with injuries at the back hampering them at times last season. French centre-back Florian Lejeune is on his way back after a loan spell at Deportivo Alaves, but could be surplus to requirements, so Steve Bruce is looking for new blood.
Diakhaby has been impressive during his time at Valencia, since signing from French side Lyon for £13.5m back in 2018. With just two years left on his current contract, Valencia see now as the time to cash in for maximum value from the 6’4 defender.
Whether or not Newcastle will be able to fund a move for him is another matter, with reports of just £12m being made available for transfers this summer. If Bruce can offload a couple of fringe players, such as returning forgotten striker Yoshinori Muto, a move for Diakhaby could move closer.