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Liverpool ace Mane hails Newcastle target Dia: He won't stay where he is

Liverpool ace Sadio Mane has spoken of his admiration for Reims attacker Boulaye Dia.

The pair are Senegal teammates and Dia is being linked with a January move to England where Newcastle United and Brighton are keen.

Dia has been outstanding for Reims this season and is battling PSG star Kylian Mbappe at the top of the Ligue Une goal scoring charts. So far this season, Dia has struck eight goals in nine Ligue Une games.

His form has caught the eye of Liverpool star Mane, who admits he's now closely following Dia's progress this season.

Former Metz forward Mane told France 3 via Le 10 Sport: "I do not and I didn't know him before, but since the start of the season I've started following him.

"And I'm really impressed with his qualities.

"I think he will not last there, he will not just stay in Reims believe me!"

The Oyonnax-born Dia signed a deal to 2022 last year and can play as a winger, along with through the middle as a striker.

With Senegal, Dia boasts three caps and played alongside Mane in their last game for victory in Guinea-Bissau. Senegal won the African Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0, with Mane the matchwinner.

- updated November 24

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