It’s not surprising that Newcastle are reported today to be ready to submit an improved bid for top midfield target 24 year-old Remy Cabella of Montpellier, after our initial bid of £6.5M was turned down by the French club last Friday.
Remy Cabella – Newcastle will bid for a second time
And Newcastle seem to be going all out to get a number of players singed before the World Cup starts next Thursday in Brazil.
We reported last night that Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin wants around double the fee Newcastle bid for Cabella last week, and he cites the transfer for €15M (£12.2M) of Thauvin from Lille to Marseilles last summer, and says Remy Cabella is a better player than 21 year-old Florian Thauvin – case proved.
One report in Foot Mercato today suggests that Newcastle’s second bid will be substantially higher than £6.5M, but we have our doubts that it will be accepted – but you never know and we’ve been wrong before.
If this news is true, we should hear something in the next day or two, as to whether our second offer has been accepted.
Lat week there was news that the compensation package that Newcastle will offer to Cabella is acceptable to him and his agent, who is his father Hector.
But it was also suggested in the local press that Montpellier had encouraged Newcastle to put in the initial bid, which they thought would have been acceptable to the French club, and certainly Newcastle will not be paying £12M to get their man.
We hope the bid is successful, because Remy Cabella is an excellent player already, and he will only improve on Tyneside.
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