Newcastle intimated after our final league game at Liverpool – another league defeat – this time 2-1, that Newcastle wanted to complete their transfer business before the World Cup begins in Brazil on 12th June.
Remy Cabella – Montpelier winger
But that was never a realistic goal, and so far it seems we have tied up just one Development player – 20 year-old Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez – and he would seem to be a decent signing for the future and cost only €2M.
And it seems that Newcastle made a major push last week to tie up a deal for top French target Remy Cabella, but our initial bid of £6.5M was turned down, and Montpellier say they want twice that amount – and we know for a fact that will not be coming from Newcastle, although we do expect the Magpies go in with an improved offer.
But there are signs that Cabella is keen to join the Magpies, and he would be first choice on the right wing at Newcastle, and apparently the terms we offered were acceptable to the French International and his agent.
That’s not surprising because one of the reasons that Newcastle get most of our players from France is not only are they good value, but the wages in France are low, and Newcastle can offer the French players good compensation on Tyneside probably at least double the wages they are currently getting in France.
Strikers are what we need to get in this summer – and it seems that we are still in for our number one target last summer – Bafe Gomis – but why we didn’t try to do a deal with him when the January transfer window closed we have no idea – and now there are other clubs in for him.
Other strikers we have been linked with include 22 year-old Hertha Berlin Pierre-Michel Lasogga, 22 year-old Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, 28 year-old Catalan striker Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg, and we have even been linked with Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, but at £19M, he’s going to too expensive for Newcastle.
The World Cup starts in nine days time, and we’re sure Newcastle will be going all out to get one or two of our top targets over the line by that time – I hope we are successful.
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