Metro is reporting tonight that FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz has rejected a move to Newcastle to join Fulham.
Bryan Ruiz – chooses Fulham
The Magpies had tried to hijack Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz transfer with a very late offer of £10.6M, which matched the earlier Fulham bid, but when you are late to the game, it’s rare that you can get your man.
The Costa Rican striker is believed to have chosen the London club, and is said to have even completed a medical.
Newcastle are still after Liam Ridgewell, the Birmingham defender, but it’s a top striker that Newcastle have been short of since last January, when Andy Carroll was sold to Liverpool.
The BBC is reporting that Newcastle reached an agreement of £12M with FC Twente for the player, but it was probably €12M which is around £10.8M as quoted by Metro, but the move apparently then broke down over the Costa Rican’s personal terms.
So it’s hard to believe the club have dropped the ball and not replaced Andy Carroll with the £35M they received for the Gateshead lad in January.
This is not good, if indeed this news on Ruiz is true, which it now seems to be from two separate sources, and it will put a bit of a wet blanket on the transfer season for Newcastle this summer.
Let’s be straight here – Newcastle’s number one target this summer has always been to sign a top striker good enough to wear the number 9 shirt at Newcastle , and the club didn’t get the job done.
A very good question to ask the Newcastle board is why not?