Newcastle United had a scout in Seville to watch Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka in the Europa League final win over Rangers.
That’s according to journalist Ignazio Genuardi, who says the defender is ‘very popular’ at St James Park as they plan for a big summer transfer window.
Newcastle’s interest in the centre-back is nothing new, with a report last month making it was clear he was on their radar.
That was followed by claims yesterday that they had ‘expressed interest’ in the Frenchman and even had him scouted earlier this month.
It seems they’ve now followed that up, with Genuardi reporting that N’Dicka was ‘once again observed’ by Newcastle in the Europa League final last night.
And there’s good news for their hopes of signing him, too, with BILD reporting that the German side’s win in Spain shouldn’t see N’Dicka staying.
He’s currently in the final year of his deal, but the newspaper explains that the extra revenue from winning the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League, a sum close to €52m, has given the Bundesliga side hope of retaining some of their stars.
While that is the case for the likes of Filip Kostic and Daichi Kamada, the same cannot be said for N’Dicka, who is ‘still likely’ to depart ‘despite the pot’ of new money.
That means Newcastle have a chance to get their man, who they’re seemingly keen on after at least two scouting missions.