Galatasaray president Mustafa Cengiz has told the Turkish media he had an approach for Garry Rodrigues a month ago, but demanded €30m for the attacker.

The 27 year old has been strongly linked with Newcastle United in recent months, following the Premier League side’s attempts to sign him.

Futbolarena have reported on comments made by Cengiz when he was quizzed bout the future of Rodrigues: “I had an approach for Rodrigues one month ago. I wanted €30m. Turkey will be discovered within 3-5 years.

“The quality of the football played in Turkey is not far below Europe. We aren’t comparable to the English League but we will catch up with them.”

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Last month we covered reports from Turkey that Newcastle United tabled a bid of €8m to sign Rodrigues in the January transfer window. This offer was instantly rejected by the Turkish side because it didn’t meet their valuation of the Cape Verde international.

Newcastle United also tried to sign the player in the last summer window when they offered €6m, and it’s expected they’ll come back in for him at the end of the season.

The Magpies should face competition to sign Rodrigues, with Everton also being linked with the winger in recent weeks.