Well, would you believe it – there’s a report that has just been issued in L’Equipe in France, that says Montpellier Deputy Chairman Laurent Nicollin has rejected Newcastle’s offer of £6.5m (€8M) for their midfielder Remy Cabella.
Remy Cabella – Newcastle offer turned down
Laurent is the son of 70 year-old Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin, who does not like Newcastle United – for whatever reason – and the news this morning was that Newcastle had agreed a fee of €8M and that was widely reported in England and in the local press, as almost a breakthrough for the Tyneside club.
We assumed Newcastle would then be talking a compensation package with the 24 year-old winger, and if they could have agreed that – then the next step was the medical.
But that’s all been blown out of the water tonight, as Laurent Nicollin is quoted in L’Equipe as saying this:
“In the last ten or so days we’ve received 3 offers, including one of €8M. Newcastle’s offer doesn’t meet our expectations”.
The news is that Montpellier are looking for €15M (about £12.3M), which is very close to what they were asking for Cabella in January.
It’s interesting that the club have already received three offers for their player, but no news as to whether Newcastle’s bid was the highest offer offer of the three, but it probably isn’t.
Newcastle tend to go in first for any player with a (very) low offer, and we wonder if these are good tactics, because it can often backfire and insult the selling club.
And Newcastle knew in January that Montpellier wanted much more for their player than £6.5M, and that some big clubs were also now interested in the talented winger.
It seems that what actually happened is that Newcastle put in their initial bid for Cabella (which was widely reported and even that it had been accepted) – but it has been turned down.
We liked the news this morning – but this news isn’t so good, and it doesn’t look like Newcastle have made any big breakthrough for one of our top targets.
Well – there you have it – egg on all our faces.
We suppose it does show that Newcastle are in there bidding for their top targets at the moment – so we suppose that’s good news.