If the news is to be believed then Newcastle have already bid €15M (£10.6M) for Marseilles French winger Florian Thauvin, who has been a long term target of Newcastle’s over the last three years, with Graham Carr really liking the player.
But there is news today in the Chronicle today that Newcastle will need to go higher than £10.6M to get their man by another £3.4M.
The news is that Marseilles want around £14M before they will sell.
Florian Thauvin of Marseilles
We’ve said it before already this summer that Newcastle must get rid of their miserly ways if they want to sell good players in the transfer market.
We are not saying we should be throwing money away on daft deals, but what we don’t want to see Newcastle do is to hold out to try to get a better deal by say £1M – which the club has done too many times in the past.
We’ve missed out on targets by being far too frugal.
However, £3.4M is not loose change either, so maybe we go half way between – say around £12.3M would be a good second bid by Newcastle.
One problem Marseilles have is that they are concerned about a mass exit of their good players from the club, with free agents Andre Ayew (Swansea) and Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres in Mexico) having already left.
And there was news a few days ago that West Ham had been successful in their bid to sign Dimitri Payet for £10.6M from the south of France club.
If Newcastle continue their transfer dealing ways of the past – they will do nothing and think about it – and then think about it some more.
That’s because Newcastle (Mike Ashley?) don’t seem to like to let go of (too much of) their money.
But that’s not what big clubs do – and we should go in with another offer to try to get Florian – or else give up and look elsewhere.
It would be good to see Newcastle being decisive one way or the other.
Florian Thauvin is a gifted technical player and he would be a popular signing for the fans.
And we need something like that – and quickly too.
What do you think?