Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Newcastle may have an advantage in the race for rumoured Tottenham target Moussa Diaby, with the Magpies having started work on a deal for the Bayern Leverkusen winger during the summer.
Diaby hit the limelight with his displays at Leverkusen last season, finishing the 2021/22 campaign with 17 goals and 14 assists across all competitions (Transfermarkt).
However, the 23-year-old has not managed to carry that form into the new season, with Gerardo Seoane’s side having made a poor start to the campaign.
90 min reported a few days ago that scouts from Tottenham were in attendance to watch Diaby in action during Leverkusen’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid last week.
The representatives from the North London club would likely have been impressed with what they saw from the winger as he found the back of the net to help the Bundesliga club emerge 2-0 winners.
However, the report revealed that Spurs were not the only Premier League club to send scouts to that game, with the representatives from Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle also thought to have been present at the Bay Arena last week.
Jones has now suggested that Eddie Howe’s men may have an upper hand in the race for Diaby, having put in the “hard yards” during the summer.
The journalist told GiveMeSport: “There will undoubtedly be competition for Diaby, he is brilliant. Newcastle have put in the hard yards already though so they will hope that if they want to pick up again on that transfer, they would be ahead of anyone else.”
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So far this season, Diaby has looked a shadow of the player he was last campaign. However, that might be down to him not getting a transfer during the summer.
The fact that he produced his best performance of the season against Atletico last week, when he would have known he was being scouted by top clubs, points to that likely being the case.
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