Magpies In Low Bid For French International – But It’s Rejected

French national newspaper L’Equipe reported  earlier today,  that Newcastle have put in an early but low bid,  for France and Lille  right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

Newcastle put in €5M bid for Frenchman

Newcastle have had Debuchy watched all season, and he’s another one that has been spotted by Chief Scout Graham Carr.

But the world now knows how good this lad is, and he had another good game in France’s 2-0 win over the Ukraine in the Group D game in Donetsk tonight.

It looks like Newcastle have bid a rather low €5M for the French international, which translates to about £4M, but Debuchy is under contract until 2015 at Lille, so he will not come cheap.

A statement from Lille Chairman Michel Seydoux, read as follows in L’Equipe:

“Newcastle proposed a fee this week of five million euros for Mathieu Debuchy who is under contract until June 2015.”

“We are not sellers. We did not sign a new contract with Mathieu last year to get one further season. He is part of our plans. He is a man of Lille!”

The news was that Newcastle had valued this player at around £6M, but that his club Lille wanted £8M, but that price may go up after the way Debuchy is playing so well at Euro 2012.

And it could be that those prices are in Euros, so that’s about 80% of the prices in UK pounds, so Newcastle have come in with a bid of around 5/8 or 62.5% of what Lille are probably wanting for their player –  if it’s €8M.

And there are other big clubs who have been alerted to the Frenchman, who is said to want to come to Tyneside, to join his big pal Yohan Cabaye.

After watching Debuchy play for France in the last couple of games, there’s no doubt he would be a terrific signing for Newcastle, if only we can get him.

Unfortunately, one outcome of this is that Newcastle could be squeezed out of a deal for the 26 year-old, as they rarely go much above what they value a player at.

It Lille want €8M, that’s about  £6.4M – he’s worth that much.

What do you think?

18 comments so far

  • Beardo

    Jun 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m horny for Debuchy.

  • geordie157

    Jun 15, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Slap down 6.5mill and get this deal done, then go get Alderwiereld in.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #3

    i reckon the next bid will be the last , he does look good as an overall defender although is prone to the odd rash challenge

  • euanpolo

    Jun 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Unless they ask for silly money I think we should press ahead with this. He looks like a brilliant full-back – I’d keep bidding up until £8m. I think £6m would be a fair price for both sides.

  • Carl92

    Jun 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #5

    We have to sign Debuchy. We are in the driving seat we just need to offer Lille a respectful fee. We cant let this one get away, the bloke actually wants to join us. I reckon 8 million Euros would do the job. It would be daft to pass up this deal.

  • Belly

    Jun 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #6

    It all depends how much AP wants him. If they agree a fee it shows that AP wants him and that he’s highly rated by Carr, AP and the board. I belive he wants to come and that agreeing wages won’t be a problem. It’s just the length of contract he had left and just home much they want to squeeze the Newcastle board.
    You’ve gotta love our nerve and style in the transfer market. We won’t be made fools of.

  • Carl92

    Jun 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Mike Ashley has too realise at some point that for quality you do have to pay a little bit. In saying that I do love the way we are going about our transfers at the minute. Although I beleive any thing less than 10 million for Debuchy is very good business . I cant think of too many good RB knocking about at the minute at a good age. If we get him signed and then bring in a CB for example Alderweireld, that would give us a very stong defence.

  • Darling27

    Jun 16, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #8
  • toonincheek

    Jun 16, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Carl92 – not saying I don’t agree. I’m 50/50.
    The policy of buying cheaper players who are still developing and/or have something to prove/achieve has put us where we are now, so it’s hard to argue with the policy.

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 16, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Newcastle value him at £6m….
    They bid £4m.. he’s well worth the 6.5 mill do it and stop arsin about before inter, bayern or chelsea make us look the fool.

  • No Plain Saylor

    Jun 16, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle value him at £6m….
    They bid £4m.. he’s well worth the 6.5 mill do it and stop @rsin about before inter, bayern or chelsea make us look the fool.

  • DannyA

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #12


    cudnt agree more mate!

  • tweaked

    Jun 16, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Time to bring this boy to tyne side, I would even throw 7m for him


    Jun 16, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #14

    Reports suggest that we offered 5Mil for him!

    This will be seen as insulting by Lille ! And i think any bid by the likes of Chelski, Liverfool or Manure and even Shitty will be at least double that!

    I would go as far as 10 Mil ! for him ! But i seriously think that we have blown any chance at all of signing this lad!
    Any bids made should be realistic, Lille aint going to let him leave for nowt!

  • Papiss_Myself

    Jun 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Well. At this rate we are going to lose players and not sign any more unless they pull their fingers out and realise there is only so far you can go with their budget driven ways. I really like the way Newcastle is being run and the direction we are going but there is a difference between a bargain and an insult.

  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Chelsea want to Sign Him Now so they will Bid daft Money So Bye Bye … Or is it all Just Newspaper Hype AGAIN !!!!

  • Robinio

    Jun 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #17

    shouldnt come as a surprise to anyone , unless the FCB can sneak players in under the radar cheap as chips there is no deal . As soon as other clubs come sniffing around and are prepared to pay decent money we are immediately out of the picture . Its not gonna change so forget all these big names we are continually linked with . Bottom line is FCB will continue to take his £30m a year out of the club to recoup his losses and will then sell and the sooner that day arrives the better for everyone

  • toonincheek

    Jun 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #18

    I really WOULD chuck in 7 million myself if we could get this guy.

    BUT – that’s Vn Dong – about £250!


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