Report: Newcastle tried and failed to sign Mouctar Diakhaby on deadline day

Newcastle United tried and failed to sign Valencia ace Mouctar Diakhaby on transfer deadline day according to a report from Super Deporte.

The Magpies allegedly showed ‘strong interest’ in signing the French centre-back.

Steve Bruce really wanted to bring the 24-tear-old to St James’ Park but didn’t make an offer that Valencia deemed to be acceptable.

Central defence is clearly an area where Bruce wanted to strengthen at Newcastle.

He will have to make do with what he has now until January at least, however.

Diakhaby (R) during La Liga match. January 24,2021. 2021012484

Newcastle tried to sign Diakhaby

The Valencia ace was on the Magpies’ radar in the summer according to Super Deporte. Unfortunately for the Tyneside outfit, however, they didn’t quite manage to get a deal done for the powerful defender.

The Valencia ace would have been an outstanding signing for Newcastle.

The 6ft 4in giant is an absolute monster in the air. He possesses blistering pace as well and would have been a really good option for the Toon.

Diakhaby in action for Valencia last season – Copyright: xPRESSINPHOTOx PS_210502_443

In 33 La Liga appearances for Valencia last season, Diakhaby averaged 0.6 tackles, one interception and 3.8 clearances per game. He also won 1.8 aerial duels per match on average.

The Frenchman is very good with the ball at his feet. He made 38 passes on average per game last season and record a completion rate of 85%.

Superdeporte recently claimed that Valencia want around £18 million for the centre-back.

Newcastle clearly didn’t get anywhere near that kind of fee when making an offer for the Frenchman, however.

Read also: Newcastle tried to beat Aston Villa to brilliant summer signing.

Stats obtained via Who Scored.