The Star is reporting tonight that Newcastle put in an improved bid for Florian Thauvin, from the £10.75M bid put in as the initial bid, and Marseilles accepted the second bid.
Florian Thauvin – report that he rejected move to Newcastle
But Thauvin did not want to come to Newcastle and turned us down as he holds out for a move to north London – to either Arsenal or Tottenham.
Newcastle’s second bid was said to be £14M, which is what Marseilles requested, and that allowed Newcastle to open up negotiations with the player and his agent.
But it’s really hard to know whether this report has any truth to it.
Newcastle have had three poor seasons in a row in the Premier League, with two of them fighting relegation, including last season when we missed the drop only after winning the very last game of the season.
That was our only win in the last 11 games, during which time we suffered nine defeats, some of them heavy defeats, and eight defeats in a row for the first time ever in the Premier League.
Because of that record and Newcastle’s name not being what it used to be – it was always going to be difficult to get players to Newcastle this summer.
And that seems to be playing itself out, with a number of players seeming to be unwilling to join Newcastle, at least early in this transfer window.
What do you think?