There has been news over the last 24 hours or so from Marseilles manager Elie Baup and former Newcastle player Joey Barton, that they think Loic Remy will stay in the south of France, and there’s news in the Newcastle Journal today that Marseilles and Newcastle are apart in their valuation of the player.
Loic Remy - Newcastle and Marseilles have different valuations
Now why is that not a big shock to us?
The news is that Derek Llambias will return to France in the next 48 hours or so, with a concrete bid for our number one target, but the suggestion is that the two clubs are still apart in their valuation of the player.
Now’s hardly the time for Newcastle to try to save £1M or so on the transfer cost of a player who could save Newcastle from relegation, and the stakes are now a lot higher for Newcastle than they were during the summer.
The Magpies have slumped to nine league defeats in the last eleven games, and a relegation fight is almost a certainty through at least the next couple of months.
Newcastle did some hard bargaining last summer, but we ended up walking away from some of our top targets like Mathieu Debuchy, because we couldn’t agree a fee with the other club, and we cannot have that happen again in January.
We need new players in and quickly, and they will give us a decent chance of avoiding relegation again for the second time in four years.
Let’s put this as plainly as we can - another relegation would be tragic for Newcastle United, and even that’s putting it mildly.
Over to you Derek Llambias – and show us the money – please.
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