There is a report in the Daily Mirror that Newcastle’s opening bid for Watford center-back, 25 year-old Adrian Mariappa, was £750K.
Adrian Mariappa – first bid was £750K
That was the first offer, and the reports suggest that a later bid was made and was anywhere from £2M to £3M, but it’s more likely to be around £2M and that didn’t satisfy Watford either.
To be fair to the Magpies, they will not want to pay too much for Mariappa, because he’s simply a squad player and unless Fabricio Coloccini or Mike Williamson are injured through the end of the season, Adrian may not even get a game.
And Newcastle never want to pay too much for any player, whether he’s somebody like Papiss Cisse, who was quoted as high as £15M in the latter part of August, or even a youngster like Mehdi Abeid.
But Watford manager Sean Dyche is very upset by what he thinks is an insulting first offer from Newcastle, as he had this to say to the Daily Mirror:
“Big clubs should go about their business in an appropriate manner.” “I couldn’t begin to tell you how far away it was – my son’s got more in his money box.”
“If clubs at our level are helping to develop players, I think it’s fair to say that big clubs with money should respect that and go about it in an appropriate manner.”
“Rather than tickling us with offers which are nowhere near the player’s worth, to try to provoke a reaction from us, we do not need to accept the first bid that comes along.”
“When you think about Conor Wickham being sold for £7.5m, and Matt Mills going to Leicester for £5.5m, that’s the going rate for players moving in and around our division, and we have to pitch in accordingly.”
Newcastle cannot get their first choice this month, West Ham’s James Tomkins, and the West Ham club are said to be asking £8M for the England U21 International, and there’s no way Newcastle will pay that amount for the youngster.
“Unfortunately, as is often the case these days, their offer is nowhere near our valuation. That’s the awkward side of the game now, and they do it for their own reasons.”
Mariappa has made around 231 appearances for Watford and it’s the only club he has ever played for.
But if Dyche thinks Newcastle are going to meet his high valuation of Mariappa, we don’t think so, because why should Newcastle pay so much for a squad player?
Maybe Manchester City or Liverpool may be interested, but probably not.
If Newcastle cannot get a good deal for Mariappa, the Magpies may have to again turn to Chief Scout Graham Carr, who may have spotted some young center-backs on the continent, and especially in France.
Newcatle must get a center-back in before next Wednesday rolls around, and if Watford want around £4M, there’s no way Newcastle should pay that amount.
As we mentioned earlier today we wonder what Newcastle’s Plan B is, if they cannot get Mariappa.
It may be over to you Graham Carr – and fairly soon too.