We had reported a few days ago that Newcastle had in fact tabled a bid for 24 year-old Cameroon International left back Gaeten Bong, who plays for Valenciennes in the French first division.
Gaeten Bong – Newcastle have already made an offer
And as an update to that, Mercato 365 are reporting that West Ham have sent some scouts to take a look at the player in the Ligue One game later today, when Valenciennes travel to Nice.
But Jean-Raymond Legrand, the Valenciennes President has said:
“Newcastle are very interested, they have made an offer. We will wait and see. But I will not sell players unless I can replace them.“
Valenciennes will not allow Bong to leave before they first secure a replacement for him, but with a bid already in, we have to think Newcastle are in the driver’s seat for the player, whether West Ham enter the chase for him or not.
And the 6’2″ tall Bong seems a good player, and he’s fast and good in the tackle, and one reason Newcastle have been following him, is that his four year contract runs out in June.
So if Newcastle cannot get him through the door in January, they may be able to get him to sign a pre-contract agreement, and then complete the deal in June.
Newcastle are also able to talk to the player about wages, since he becomes a free agent in six months time.
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