NEWCASTLE want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara.
Malian people are close association with Manchester United after Ralf Rangnick arrived.
Haidara has worked with the German, 63, at RB Leipzig – with Rangnick reportedly keen to reunite at Old Trafford.
But according to Letters, Newcastle want to prevent potential move.
They added that Eddie Howe’s side is willing to pay a package, including salary, which could go up to £80m.
Toon sees Haidara as a potential leader for this group, beyond this season’s relegation battle.
But they may have to pay more to convince the 23-year-old to join.
Newcastle would gladly let him become their highest-paid player at around £160,000 a week.
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Even with this salary, the midfielder may not be convinced of their project.
Haidara’s contract is said to have a £33m release clause.
He is currently in Cameroon playing in the Africa Cup of Nations against Mali.
Newcastle will be busy this month as their new owners, Saudi Arabia, aim to give Howe and Co the tools to beat the slump.
Kieran Trippier was for 12 million pounds from Atlético Madrid.
While Toon matched Chris Wood’s Burnley is worth £25m Release amount.
The Magpies also have open chat through the switch to 19-year-old striker Hugo Ekitike of Reims
Newcastle are second in the Premier League having won just one of 19 games this season.
But it is worth noting that they are only 2 points ahead of the safety team.
However, they suffered a major psychological blow at the weekend before being knocked out of the FA Cup by third-place Cambridge United.
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