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L’Equipe – Montpellier Reject Newcastle €8M Bid For Cabella

6:29 pm, Friday, May 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 68 Comments

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.

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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.

Kind of. 🙁

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

68 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // May 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Not much more ed there never is!

    I wonder if the other bids where by us or other clubs because he doesn’t say what they were or who they were by

  • 2 Ibizatoon // May 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Damn Montpellier, moving that illusive line.

    On the upside, does this show that at least Ashley is willing to sanction the cost of the phone call? Perhaps our £6.5m offer was sent by carrier pigeon mind? Would also explain the time it takes us to get business done.

  • 3 toonking // May 30, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    the french have sussed us out now, they know we won’t pay big money for players so basically they do what is best and ask for a large amount because the only way not to get a large amount of money for a player is if the player himself wanted to leave and well we don’t provide anything that would be worth a move “low wages no ambition”

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // May 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    No egg in my face Ed, I knew this ‘breakthrough story’ was bullsh*t. We never sign a player that easily! How many years has Cabella got left in his contract?

  • 5 Graeme // May 30, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Well, the Gardian seem to think its close to a deal!!

    Maybe we could be close, but then again, it is NUFC!!!!!!

  • 6 Thump // May 30, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Hold my beer while I act surprised.

  • 7 Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM






    Now that would sell season tickets and be Champions League material 🙂 .

    Alderwireld – 8 Million
    Rodriguez – 8 Million
    Grenier – 8 Million
    Cabella – 8 Million
    Doumbia – 12 Million

    All that for 44 million which is much less than the TV money received and not even factoring in the Cabaye sale .

  • 8 Graeme // May 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Ibiza @ 2 – and who pays for the bird food, water & roosting? It all adds up mate. If they dont like the offer supplied, that boor bord could be in dire trouble this evening!!

    Pigeon Pie anyone??

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // May 30, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    The club started the bidding back in January

    If we had a DoF, then all this could of been sorted by now
    Instead we bid at around half of the asking value!
    Business as usual

  • 10 kevymartins // May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Cabella will be away to psg now.

  • 11 santonthenewmaldini // May 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Really hope we get Cabella but we need so much more than just him to not be in relegation trouble if we get him and Grenier or another creative player then we could have those 2 , Sissoko , Haidara, Debuchy, Santon and Arfa capable of creating chances which is more than most teams in the top 8

    We then need a lethal striker in the Remy mould, a target han could be Lassoga and Perez, Cisse, Vuckic and Armstrong as other striker options that is actually pretty good choice if we got all of them fit !!

    Could also do with an all action British midfielder such as a Shelvey , Snodgrass or Redmond just for a bit of depth and bustle

    Seen this on Sky sports from a Southampton fan its not just us that lose players !!

    As a Saints fan this disappoints me. We don’t need the money now and last season I thought we were going to move forward and build towards a place in European football competitions; selling our best players is not the way forward. It would appear we are still a selling club. We have a great youth academy but we use it incorrectly to bring on good players and sell them on to other clubs. We will never improve if we sell our best players and my concern is that Lambert is the carrot to entice Lallana to Liverpool and maybe even Lovren as well. If Shaw goes to Old Trafford we will be starting again. With the likes of Chambers, Ward-prowse and other young players we will do OK, but it will only be time before they move on. When will we become a club that grows its talent for its own purpose and not just to sell on to the bigger clubs. Look at what we lost, Walcott, Oxlade- Chamberlain, Bale……

  • 12 bobby mango // May 30, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    €8m? When they want 14m.

    Classy! That’s really going to win favour with them.

    Probably paid Montpellier to release the story, so the board can say they’ve bid for him. But that Nicollin hates us, so he revealed the derisory amount.

  • 13 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // May 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    montpelier are generally regarded in france i read once as being poor in the selling of players .their prices of 50 mill for giroud 15 million for yanga and forget fee for belhanda but they all sold for a lot less .they rated cabella as 100 million earlier in the season but now 15 million.if it was your money what would you offer for cabella . dont say 15 million?

  • 14 BlacknWhiteBarmy // May 30, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Got admire the timing. Season tix sales are everythinh and fatash releases this little gem of info.
    We cant even compete on free transfers so how r we to attract in contract players. Who want to play for fatash disunited , managed by pardum?

  • 15 Ibizatoon // May 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Graeme…Yum yum…Very good point on the cost of keeping the pigeons. I suppose we’re stuffed, there is no cost efficient way to make transfer offers.

    Santon…I was thinking about the saints fans a little earlier. They must be pretty gutted right about now, losing their manager, the pending departure of many of their star players. Whilst frustrating, I’m sure in the back of their heads they know that the work is being done to go again, but still, to think if they had been able to keep hold of more of their own players – they certainly do know how to produce a player or two.

  • 16 Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    How in Gods name does Wellbeck start ahead of Sterling ? .

  • 17 Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    England’s world cup team should be:







    Hodgson hasn’t got a clue and is just another England manager with no balls .

  • 18 Ibizatoon // May 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Big Pappa…Looks pretty decent. Has Baines ever played RB? Only ever seen him play on the left. Not trying to Pardew the poor lad, are ya?

    Who else is playing for England tonight?

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Maybe TOON put this story oot to drum up season tickets – closure date tomorrow

  • 20 Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    @ Ibiza

    I would rather have Baines playing out of position than Glen Johnson at right back .

  • 21 Ibizatoon // May 30, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Charlie…Tomorrow? Quick peeps, wouldn’t want to miss out.

    I would normally say that it would be odd for them to release the story to try and convince fans to buy season tickets, based on the fact that the story was quickly followed by the offer had been refused as it was ridiculously low, it wouldn’t make much sense, but then again…this is NUFC we’re talking about. They no doubt think we’ll believe it.

    This time around, get the business done, then we’ll talk.

  • 22 Sazzer // May 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    It looks like Soccer_sauce have been cracked.

  • 23 Ibizatoon // May 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Big Pardew, I mean Pappa…That sounds like a strong dislike of Johnson there 🙂 Granted Baines is the far better player. Be interesting to see, bet he could do some nice cut in and get a few shots off with that left foot from the right hand side.

    It’s not going to happen though, is it?

  • 24 Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    @ Ibiza

    Doubt it m8 😉 .

    I just wish an England manager would go with some new blood and not fill the team with has-beens . Hodgson has given a couple youngsters a chance like Lallana but he still sticks with the likes of Wellbeck & Johnson .

    If they are old enough they’re good enough . How else are they supposed to get international experience ? .

  • 25 WWSBRD // May 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Well that excitement burned quickly

    Time for some England fun to distract from NUFC misery

  • 26 Ibizatoon // May 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Big Pappa…Let’s see what unfolds, but I get why you’re pessimistic.

    Mind, not sure we can call Welbeck a “has been”. Perhaps a “won’t be”?

    Think I read that Shaw was getting over a cold or something. Hopefully he gets some game time at some stage. As you say, if they’re good enough, they’re old enough and one would hope, if they’re good enough to be included in the squad, they’re good enough to play.

    This tournament is pretty much a write off anyway, without wanting to be too much of a misery. Sure give it a go, but try some new ideas and prepare for the next major tournament. The Germans did it not that long ago and it has served them well. Granted it wasn’t simply a case of throwing some young kids at the team, but I think you get my drift.

  • 27 Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    @ Ibiza

    I agree m8 . The Germans destroyed us at the last world cup and they had the then youngsters like Ozil & Muller in that team 4 years ago . They are actually my pick for this world cup and I have a cheeky tenner on the French as well .

    Southampton this season gave :
    Clyne, Shaw, Ward-Prowse Lallana & Rodriguez plenty of game time this season and didn’t do to badly .

    No wonder England have had a bang average team for more than a decade . Where are the next Shearer’s, Beardsley’s & Gazza’s ? .

  • 28 Toon1978 // May 30, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Well there you go. I thought it was all to good to be true. MIKEY ASHLEY knows how much Cabella is worth to his club so why bid half of the asking price? When will we ever be rid of this eejit of a man? I mean bid somewhere near the asking price ffs to stand a chance whether rejected or not. I feel embarassed for Ashley. I feel like apologising to Cabella’s club FOR Ashley’s greed and cheek. He made twenty bloody million from Cabaye and a nice multi million pound windfall from our league position. Yet he still scrimps and scrapes for players.

  • 29 toonking // May 30, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    i wish an england manger would field a new team for the future myself. the problem is the media gang up onto the manager when ever he does do that maclarean was a prime example. he sadly missed our on euro so gets sacked right away.
    then you have the other problem as well mind, how are we going to produce these english players in the first place? all you need to do is read this blog week in week out and you will see yourself that we never want to see english players in our team, instead we keep wanting foreign players

  • 30 Oleg G // May 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 6:53 PM
    Now that would sell season tickets and be Champions League material 🙂 .

    Alderwireld – 8 Million
    Rodriguez – 8 Million
    Grenier – 8 Million
    Cabella – 8 Million
    Doumbia – 12 Million

    All that for 44 million which is much less than the TV money received and not even factoring in the Cabaye sale .

    Maybe I didn’t understand the news but, they rejected the 8 million offer, so why are you writing like for that price we can get him?
    And how are you so sure that those figures will get those players to come here?

    Don’t forget, the club doesn’t only count the buying price. They also add the salary, the compensations, the fees etc.
    Even if your numbers are right and it is 44M (which I am sure it is not), then with those 44M, there suppose to be another 30-40 millions for the other things like salaries and fees etc.

    So it is more like 70-80 millions and not 45.

  • 31 geordie157 // May 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    8 or 9 mill should be enough to get a bid for Cabella accepted. Chuck Marveaux in the deal if we can too.

  • 32 Ibizatoon // May 30, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    toonking…That is only a result of the football being taught to younger children is to a much higher standard overseas. I think most would like or perhaps prefer English, but at the end of the day it’s about quality.

    It does seem to be improving in England though, a bit, but we are behind a fair few others at the minute.

    Big Pappa…I half fancy the Germans to win it. Never say never for Brazil on their home turf though.

    Shearer, Beardsley and Gazza…We don’t have anyone to touch them these days.

  • 33 Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    @ Oleg

    I know we would never put that team together or pay the wages I was just showing that with 3 or 4 top class players like Cabaye we could be Champions League material as we already have a solid base .

    Dreams are all we have under Ashley I’m afraid 🙁 .

  • 34 Marty-Toon // May 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Wow,Shock Horror and Amazement at reading that headline :-0
    To think that someone would reject a bid from us.
    Why don’t we just pay to get the lad over the thick line

  • 35 Graeme // May 30, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Ibiza @32

    You are 100% right, which is why we desperately need a coach for the juniors, from age 8, to teach them how footy can be played. Then every level of the club should be integrated to play the same way.
    Unfortunately, by comparison, P45DUE, Carver, Stone et al, are bloody dinosaurs. They are still working to 1970’s & 80’s methods, simply because they have not evolved or developed in their own right.
    Is it any wonder we have so few kids coming through the system!!!!!

  • 36 Sazzer // May 30, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    We should sign the coaches that got sacked from Southampton.

  • 37 toonking // May 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    ashley will keep offering small amounts of money because he doesn’t follow football enough, he’ll still be thinking PSG has it previous owner.
    he doesn’t know that they have a mega rich owner and if he does know that he probably doesn’t know that it will make the rest of the teams want more money for their players to prevent PSG just jumping in

  • 38 Rotonda heights // May 30, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    So an owner who won’t even spend any of our TV money, but at the same time won’t reduce the loan to himself, so we are just stuck in limbo. Allied to an appalling manager, just where the hell are we headed?

  • 39 Rotonda heights // May 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM


    Spot on

    I imagine the technical skills training is pretty non existent. We should be bringing some futebol de salao coaches or similar in.

    There’s so much you can do in training, ie mixing up skill sessions with swimming, cycling, aerobics etc, as progressive clubs do. .

  • 40 Big Pappa Cissé // May 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    One of my pet hates is when people say about a youngster or player from abroad is that they need to bulk up or they will be useless .

    Try telling that to:

    Silva,Navas,Mata,Hazard,Willian,Sterling,Coutinho and that is just the PL .

    Pardew is one of these dinosaurs that wants an English grafter rather than someone with real talent . I bet he would have Barkley playing in the reserves if he was Everton manager .

  • 41 Ben3arfa // May 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Took Charnley 10 days to submit a laughable £6.5m bid.

    Fat gay pr1ck

  • 42 kevymartins // May 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    That number 22 for peru is good. Jean deza looks brilliant only 20 years old. but quess what we can’t sign him because he plays for Montpeller…. Looks a quality we player to.

  • 43 yo-yo // May 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    It’s deja vu all over again

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    We have probably not even bid for him…tabloid spin!

  • 45 Pardews Prolific Boys // May 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Bpc couldn’t agree more. I’d like so see somebody saying Messi would need to bulk up. This is one reason the English national side has fallen behind. A prehistoric ideal of strength over skill with few exceptions

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    ppB…what have you been up to the last year or so?

    …been drinking any great Rhum? 😉

  • 47 Wandering Geordie // May 30, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    NUFC are a real second class outfit.Groundhog day again.They never learn……Meanwhile I am sitting in a pub In Miraflores watching the game with my Peruvian friends with my toon top on.Dreaming who we might get……Not

  • 48 usmagpie // May 30, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Sorry Ed, FU$% FU#$ FU@# FU#$ FU%^ FU@# FU$%^ FU#$ FU#$ FU#$ AND ONE MORE TIME FU@#.
    Hopefully no one get offended and understand that I am a Geordie living in the states and this just gets me crazy. Fine well if this kids meant to be the next Cabaye then offer 10 million and get the deal done, I mean how FU$#ING hard is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 49 lesh // May 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    It appears that Ashley negotiates as though it’s a buyers market.

    When will he realise it’s just unrealistic and in the context of top players, bloody insulting [Ed’s word, my expletive] to do so.

    His reputation in football, and sadly that of Newcastle United now must be rock bottom!

    I’ll say it again on behalf of all Newcastle United fans and the City: ‘Thank you and you could have done as much damage quicker by dropping an H bomb on SJP.’

    Oh, if the report’s true.

    We can only wait and if it’s not true and we do manage to get Cabella ‘over the line’, soon, I’ll apologise.

  • 50 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // May 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Has Ashley put trenches and barbed wire across that fabled ‘line’??

  • 51 toonluvva // May 30, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    This will the first of many we “just fail to get over the line” this summer.

    Ashley will be thinking that’s 8m I’ve just saved.

  • 52 Pardews Prolific Boys // May 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Jesper just Ron zwcapa centenario gran solera

  • 53 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    ppB…you have always been a good lad!

    …why have you left the blog – you got a life or something? 😀

  • 54 Graeme // May 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Further info from the Guardian

    Looks like its all back in the FCB’s court now!! Will he deal, or will he walk??

  • 55 beermonkey // May 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I don’t think 7 was excepted
    but we will walk

  • 56 lesh // May 30, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Ibiza….. Nice one – the selling club moving the line!

    Maybe you should copywrite the phrase before it’s absorbed into Pardew-speak.

    Think of the royalties to be made eh? One or two San Miguels to be had if you’re quick…. Before Ashley gets to it!!

  • 57 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    i don’t what’s annoying the most

    Nufc trying to sign a player or this blog

  • 58 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2014 at 10:55 PM


  • 59 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    another crap season i see

  • 60 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // May 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    We live in hope of deliverance!

  • 61 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    So we are trying to sign Cabella then

    As Jim Royle from royal family would say


  • 62 beermonkey // May 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM


    I cant believe there is no urgency given the form since xmas
    ok lets not get ripped off but for the love of god pay the going rate

    its really hard not to be all doom and gloom
    they neither get nor care what we think or feel

    welsh who will you be supporting in the world cup

  • 63 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    There’s got to be somebody on here tonight surely or am i on my own on this blog tonight.


  • 64 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    i spoke to soon, good evening beermonkey

  • 65 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    I’m going for France, something’s telling me England are going to do well, whether they reach the final i don’t know

  • 66 welshgeordie9 // May 30, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    i quite like this England squad especially the youngsters

    I’m quite excited to watch sterling and Barkley play if they get picked

  • 67 lesh // May 31, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    welshgeordie9… You’re on your own bonny lad.

    Sleep well

  • 68 Sav // May 31, 2014 at 2:55 AM

    Not sure this lad is worth any more than we have bid for him.

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