Journalist Ben Jacobs has been giving his take on the current situation around Iliman Ndiaye, with the likes of Newcastle and Everton linked.
Reports over the past week or so have suggested Premier League interest in Ndiaye is high. In those reports, the likes of Newcastle, Everton, and West Ham have all been mentioned.
For now, Ndiaye remains a Sheffield United player. But with the Senegalese star going into the final 12 months of his contract this summer, United’s hopes of keeping the forward very much hinge on promotion.
Scouts in attendance
Speaking to the NUFC Matters YouTube channel, respected journalist Jacobs confirmed that Newcastle have indeed sent scouts.
“As far as the player is concerned he is very highly rated, that’s for sure. He’s only 23 years of age and he’s an attacking midfielder who has caps for Senegal,” Jacobs said.
“Clubs are looking, Newcastle are one of those that have scouted the player for sure, that’s all I know to be honest with you. Everton were the club that looked at him in the past, those are two clubs to watch. West Ham have also sent scouts to watch him too.”
Ndiaye has scored 11 goals for United this season and is closing in on double figures in the assists column too.
The Blades turned down a £25m offer from Everton for Ndiaye in January. The 23-year-old is regarded as vital when it comes to United’s promotion hopes.
Sheffield United News View: No surprise to see scouts watching Iliman Ndiaye
There’d be something wrong, in fact, if there weren’t scouts watching closely. Sheffield United have one of the best players in the Championship, so it’s only natural that those PL sides are watching on intently.
For Ndiaye, it’s a case of simply buckling down and helping United over the finish line. From there, the sky is the limit really for him on a personal level.
Come the summer, he’ll have options anyway. If United go up, he could sign a new contract and likely be the club’s top earner. If not, he’ll seemingly have the pick of a few big PL clubs as well.
In fairness to Ndiaye, all he’s done is knuckle down and perform in red and white this season. There’s been no distraction and no drop in performance. That’s a credit to him. And if he does end up leaving, then most Blades will wish him well.