'Put in the hard yards': PL club think they would lead race to sign £60m attacker linked with Chelsea - journalist

Newcastle United reportedly think they would lead any transfer race to sign Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby, who’s been linked recently as a Chelsea target.

Journalist Dean Jones has explained Newcastle have “put in the hard yards” already to try bring the 23-year-old attacker to the Premier League.

Therefore, the Toon think they will lead any future pursuit for his signature.

Jones 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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Newcastle lead Moussa Diaby race

This latest update comes just days after rumours linking several Premier League teams to Diaby, who’s a key player for German top-flight side Leverkusen.

90min claims that Chelsea have set sights on the French winger as a transfer target after watching him live. Also, there’s interest from Newcastle, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Diaby, who’s reportedly valued at £60million, is getting plenty of English recognition due to his performances in Germany.

He’s an exciting pacey forward with statistics of 36 goals and 39 assists in 134 Leverkusen first-team appearances.

Despite only turning 23 in July, this upcoming talent already has experience in the French national side and the Champions League.

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Diaby was in blistering form last year for Leverkusen, but potential buyers should be keeping a close eye on his goal output dropping so far this season.

On paper, he’s got all the kind of qualities that would see him thrive in the English game.

Newcastle, who are starting to make some marquee signings to try compete with the Premier League’s best, are named as frontrunners for Leverkusen’s wide star.

For Chelsea, they need to be certain before signing another winger due to their mixed record of recruiting in that area recently.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.