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The U21 French international has been the stand out performer in Nancy’s faltering side so far this season. This has caused interest from many clubs around Europe. Nancy’s vice president has admitted a transfer is likely and that the player would be open to a move: “Today we are in contact with five English clubs…….We think a deal should be finalised soon. Massadio Haidara is our greatest asset. He’s been playing in Ligue 1 for two seasons now and would like to play in England.”
West Ham, Tottenham and Everton have all strongly been linked with the player, as well as AC Milan and Roma from Italy. Haidara came close to a move to Aston Villa last summer, but the move broke down when manager Alex McLeish was sacked. They are now set to miss out, however, as the player is heading to Tyneside.
The 20 year old likes to get forward and is a good dribbler of the ball. He is weak in the air however. Haidara is a good raw talent, who we are sure you will hear more about in the future.
On the 15th January 2013, it was confirmed that Newcastle had made an offer of around 2.5 million euros, but the player was more interested in a move to Roma:
“I’d love to play in Italy, though Newcastle are also a good team. I know that my agent has spoken to both clubs, we’ll see what happens. As far as I am concerned, I’d love to play in Italy.”
The player once again changed his view and after initially accepting a bid from Newcastle, Nancy rejected it, as a better bid supposedly came in from West Ham. Other teams such as AC Milan and Roma were said to be lining up a move.
Nancy’s president has confirmed, however, that the player is on his way to England.
On the 20th, our sources began reporting that Newcastle had agreed a fee with the player and he was on his was to Tyneside and later on, this was confirmed.
The next day on the 21st, we broke to you that the player had agreed personal terms with Newcastle and was set for a medical the next day. West Ham look set to miss out therefore. Haidara looks set to become a Newcastle player too for 2.5 Million Euros on a five and a half year deal.
On the 22nd, Nancy confirmed on their official twitter account that Haidara would soon become a Newcastle player.