Newcastle were reported to have put a bid in for French defensive midfielder Willaim Vainqueur, on the last day of the January transfer window.
William Vainqueur – free agent
The Belgium newspaper L’Avenir reported in January that Newcastle put in a bid for Standard Liege’s William Vainqueur:
“Newcastle, which already has eleven French players could make an offer to Standard in the coming hours to attract William Winner, who has been scouted a dozen times, and three times by the head recruiter (Graham Carr). The Magpies, are poorly placed in the league (16th), but have been very active this winter, and have prepared a bid – with Vainqueur’s value set at €6M.”
And today the Belgium newspaper Walloon is reporting the player has bought out his contract at Standard Liege yesterday, and that may have cost a pretty penny, since it still had three years to run, but he now becomes a free agent – and we wonder if this has been done in collusion with Newcastle?
There’s a good possibility that the right footed Vainqueur is in communication with Newcastle, and he could be on his way to Newcastle – so this is an interesting development.
In January both Southampton and Tottenham were also said to be interested in the player, with his club at that time wanting around €6M (£5.1M) for him.
Newcastle were linked with the player after it was revealed he had fallen out with the Standard Liege coach Mircea Rednic, and at that time, the report was that Newcastle were preparing an offer for the player.
And there is news breaking that Newcastle are indeed in contact with the player – which would not be too surprising if indeed we tried to sign this lad in January.
William played once for the French U21 side and was at Nantes until 2011, when he signed on at Belgium side Standard Liege on a five year contract.
He played 39 times last season for Standard Liege with four goals and two assists and in total has played 81 times for Liege with five goals, in his two seasons in the Jupiler Pro League.
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