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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Interest in Nigerian, but no talks yet

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Reports suggesting Tottenham Hotspur, Hamburg, Chelsea, West Ham United, Middlesbrough, WBA, Watford and Newcastle United are interested in 19-year-old (20 in December) Genk defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who can also play centre-back, may not be totally accurate.

Standing 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) the Nigerian certainly has the stature to be a centre-back and would help provide versatility within the squad. Eric Dier has been performing there in the absence of Toby Alderweireld through injury, leaving Victor Wanyama to soilder on on his own with Mousa Dembele injured, Harry Winks leaning his trade and Tom Carroll simply not up to the task.

Agent William Bogaerts told All Nigeria Soccer that he knew nothng of interest from Rafa Benitez managed Championship side, Newcastle United and confirmed no talks have taken place, although he didn't deny there was interest from us.

"I do not know about interest from Newcastle. Ndidi came for national team duties [he came on as a sub in Nigeria’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Algeria on Saturday] and no talks have taken place with Newcastle United, Watford or Spurs. Genk will definitely tell me if the interest is concrete."

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