Newcastle Unitedâ€™s move for Toulouse’s attacking midfielder Achille Emana may be back on.
Achille Emana – hitch in hos move to Real Betis?
There are reports today, there may be a hitch in the Cameronn International’s proposed move to Real Betis, with the Spanish club apparently unwilling to meet Toulouse’s price of Â£7M for the player.
When we first covered Newcastle’s apparent interest in the player, the price was said to be around Â£5.5M, so it seems to have gone up.
We wonder if he’s worth Â£7M, as Real Betis seem to be questioning.
Emana, who turned 26 years old on 5th June, had talked about the offers he knew had been placed with his club:
â€œI need a new challenge in my career.”
â€œI know interesting offers have been made – such as Newcastleâ€™s.”
“But I would like to join Betis if we can reach an agreement.â€
Emana has set his sights on new opportunities, with a move planned to either Spain or England, but it looked like he preferred sunny Spain to sunny Newcastle, only last week.
The playerâ€™s agent Thiery had said just over two weeks ago:
â€œAchille is ready to play in the Premier League and Newcastle is a team he would relish playing for.â€
â€œHe is strong and is a box-to-box midfielder who also possesses a lot of pace.â€
â€œHe has the right number of caps and the right amount of experience at 25 not to be overawed by the Premier League, which would be an exciting challenge.â€
Wonder if that’s really true what his agent says, or even if Newcastle are actually really interested?
If players are on the verge of moving to a new club and Newcastle are not in there bidding, we have to assume the player is not really a target for the club.
That may well be the case here.
Emana stands 5’11” and has played 226 games for Toulouse with 28 goals since joining them in 2001, and has represented Cameroon 10 times.