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Report: Newcastle failed to satisfy Valencia demands for Diakhaby

Newcastle United showed strong interest late on for Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby, according to Super Deporte.

However, the Geordies did not make an offer that would have satisfied the Spanish club’s demands. According to AS, the La Liga side were asking for €10m (£8.6m).

Valencia were looking to move on the French footballer to make room in their budget. Meanwhile, the player himself was keen on leaving the club.

However, the lack of a suitable offer and time left for the Bats to sign a replacement made a transfer impossible.

There is further heartbreak with the website reporting Diakhaby was open to a move to the northeast.

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Newcastle endured a tough transfer deadline day as they failed to add to the signing of Joe Willock.

Hamza Choudhury was tipped to move to St James’ Park on loan, however, a move collapsed.

A defender like Diakhaby was necessary for Newcastle

It is hard to fathom how the Magpies have entered and departed the window without a new defender.

Last season was one of the worst for the club across the defence.

Federico Fernandez made the most appearances of any centre-back with just 24. It highlights both the lack of quality and massive injury crisis Steve Bruce faced at the centre-half.

It means Newcastle desperately needed a new defender, whether that was Valencia ace Diakhaby or someone else.

Failure to sign a defender should fall at the feet of Mikel Ashley, who did not back the team in the market.

The Newcastle squad was not strengthened properly and, as a result, the club’s bad start could get a lot worse.

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