Newcastle United are reportedly interested in bringing Rangers flop and Nigerian international striker Umar Sadiq to St James Park as part of their Saudi-billionaire-led revolution.
The Magpies are about to enter their first transfer market since the £305m Saudi Public Investment Fund takeover which sees the club associated with up £320bn worth of wealth [Independent].
Linked to former Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard – before moving for once Celtic-linked Eddie Howe and Gerrard exiting for Aston Villa – Sadiq is the latest subplot with a tinge of Ibrox.
Be it Mike Ashley, Castore or the outgoing Rangers manager, there’s been plenty of Ibrox-linked content surrounding the takeover at St James’.
But the most bonkers of the lot will surely concern Umar Sadiq, who at 24 has turned his career around following a failed Ibrox stint in 2018.
Signed on loan from AS Roma in 2018, Sadiq never settled in Glasgow and is most famous for that diving flop in a 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Aberdeen.
The striker had a very public falling out with Stevie G and returned to AS Roma before moving to Partizan Belgrade, absolutely smashing it in front of goal and then heading to Almeria in Spain.
Since Sadiq has been there, he’s certainly caught the eye and according to a Spanish report carried by the likes of TEAMtalk, Newcastle could plunge for the £21.5m (€25m) rated forward in January.
It’s not the first time Sadiq has been linked to the Premier League – Man United were reportedly watching him in Serbia – but the most glamourous link of all concerns a European giant.
Only last season was Umar Sadiq being linked to one of the biggest clubs in football and regular Champions League holders.