Former Newcastle United midfielder Lee Clark has advised the Magpies to make a move for Al-Ahly midfielder midfielder Aliou Dieng this summer.
For those that don’t know, Dieng is a Malian midfielder who joined the Egyptian club from MC Algiers in a £990,000 deal back in July 2019.
He’s been a regular for them since that point, racking up 107 appearances in all competitions and establishing himself as a key player in the side domestically, in the FIFA Club World Cup and CAF-Champions League.
The latter sees his side taking on Sudanese side Al-Merrikh on Saturday in Group A, with Al-Ahly currently third in the rankings and looking to catch up on Al-Merrikh and Mamelodi Sundowns, who sit second and first, respectively.
It’ll be the first meeting between the two sides, so the Egyptian press have previewed the game by speaking to those in the know.
One of those is former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark, who spent three months in charge of the Sudanese side last season.
He sat down for an interview with Al-Mehwar to discuss his side and Al Ahly and, as a part of that, highlighted Dieng as a player he admirers and would like to see at St James Park.
“I admire the way Al-Ahly midfielder Aliou Dieng plays; he can play in Europe because he has special abilities,” Shourouk News reports him saying.
“I recommend Dieng to wear the Newcastle shirt in the new season because he will be a good player in any team he joins and can play in the English Premier League.”