As we all know by now Kinnear ran the rule over Rennes midfielder Stepane Mbia in their away fixture at Lille yesterday afternoon, and we were told also that Lille’s center-back Adil Rami was under close scrutiny.
Stephane Mbia – had ineffective game yesterday before being substituted
As it turned out Mbia played 79 minutes of Rennes’ 1-0 away loss to Lilles, with – would you believe it – the Cameroon midfielder not enjoying a good game yesterday at all .
The Newcastle target was subbed after an ineffective performance for Rennes, so that will at least make it difficult for Joe to pay over the £5M Newcastle have so far bid for the player – but there again it’s just one game.
Joe Kinnear talked about the situastion to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“We have made bids, but they’re nowhere near the valuation they want.”“We’ve offered over £5m for one player, but they’ve come back and said they want £8-£10m.”
“That’s out of my hands. I’ve identified the players we want, but whether we buy them is another thing.”
And so it all goes on – we didn’t realize things were so very difficult to bring players into a football club.