Newcastle’s ‘exceptional’ former target is now on the club’s transfer list

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Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been put on the January transfer list after claims Newcastle United want to sign him.

This is according to the Italian outlet Calciomercatowho report that the Reds have put Toon Keita target up for sale, alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nat Phillips.

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The Guinean international is at the end of the contract at the end of the seasonand the Magpies are watching his situation closely as they seek to lure him to St James’ Park.

According to a previous report by Milan livethe Tyneside side are considering a potential transfer for the 27-year-old, who is also attracting interest from AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and West Ham United.

Available for free this summer, Milan Live said that Newcastle could be looking to make a bid to sign him in Januaryas the Merseyside club will be open to cashing in on the midfielder – instead of allowing him to leave for nothing six months later.

Newcastle target Keita is now up for sale

Despite the arguments against it, Keita’s talent is undeniable. Earlier this year, Reds legend Luis Garcia hailed the Guinean for his ‘outstanding’ performance in the Champions League.

With his dazzling dribbling and creativity pushing into the final third, the 27-year-old would link up well with Newcastle’s attack from midfield. Eddie Howe was also touted with interest for signing an attacking midfielder last summertherefore this movement would not be without possibilities.

However, Keita would probably be a bad signing for the Magpies. Besides a five minute cameo in the Community Shield, the player is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this season, having been absent with a thigh injury.

Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence for the former RB Leipzig man. Since joining Anfield in 2017, Keita has spent the majority of his playing career on the on the sidelines.

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Unable to string a string of back-to-back games, he would be a dumb signing for Newcastle to make. Instead of matching his £120,000 weekly salarythat money could be better spent elsewhere.

The tastes of James Madisonwhich has already generated a lot of interest, would be a far superior signing, so hopefully Howe and co decide to look elsewhere with this one.

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