Newcastle Have Initial €8M Bid Rejected

News from Italy today that Newcastle United this week have had an initial offer for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly turned down by Napoli – and the offer is though to have been around £6M.

Newcastle were only linked with the Senegal International yesterday but it will be difficult to get this man to Tyneside next month.


Kalidou Koulibaly – initial 8M turned down

Sky Sport Italia ar reporting that newcatsle made a bid in the region of €8M (£5.9M) million for the Senegalese defender, which was firmly turned down by President Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The 24 year-old Koulibaly was signed from Belgian club Gent in the summer of last year, and he has so far played 59 times for Napoli and is playing well and settled at Napoli – and that will make it even more difficult for Newcastle to sign this player next month.

Koulibaly was born and raised in France by Senegalese parents, and was eligible to play for both countries.

He played 11 times for the U-20 French youth side starting in 2011, but in early September decided to play for Senegal and he made his debut in September in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia in a 2–0 win.

It’s good that Newcastle are trying to fortify the central defense which has been a weakness of some time – it’s just a pity we didn’t do that in the summer – but that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now.

It’s also promising that Newcastle are trying to bring players in early in January – we need as much as help as we can get and as early as possible.

With Newcastle being 3rd bottom of the Premier league it will not be easy to get good players to Newcastle next month – but every effort has to be made to sign them, so we have a decent chance of retaining our Premier League status.

Things don’t look all that good – at least not at the moment.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 30, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1

    If his buy out clause is met and activated, can his agent or club stop a move?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Mwaa Mwaa Mwaa Alan please come back we love you and we miss you Mwaa Mwaa Mwaa.

    Short term memory problems.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Not sure about Koulibaly but I do like Baba Ganoush.


    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Club can offer him a new contract but can’t stop him leaving his agent probably could by asking for x amount in fees which make it impossible id imagine

    Has he got a buy out clause?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    It would be a sign of intent to bring in all the players we need within a few days of the window opening. But we won’t, we’ll buy one or two and see how results go and even then we’ll. I wonder how much money are long drawn out summer negotiations both saved us and cost us in the long run.

  • toonluvva

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #6

    This is probably just the start of what will happen throughout the January transfer window.

    NUFC will make a derisory opening offer which is immediately rejected. Next comes a short period while other clubs pile in with more realistic bids and snap up our targets.

    The nett result being that “we couldn’t get anyone over the line.”

    Championship beckons methinks.

  • Jib

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    His agent is Bruno Satin who is Argentinian and has Kun Aguero as a client.
    This is all agent driven.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    *We’ll dither

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Gota say I’m looking foward to 2016 the year Ashley sells up.

    Sell us in 2016, don’t be mean

  • Wayayman

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Didn’t this kid just sign for Napoli in the summer?

    For a club that supposedly doesn’t do it’s transfer business in the public eye, we always seem to have bids rejected publicly. Smells like more BS the club expect us to fall for. When will we ever learn? We’re just pawns in the fat man’s money making schemes.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Yes Jibberish, everything has an ulterior motive, we’re not really in the bottom three with our worst points total than our other relegation season and very near miss season.

  • LeedsMag

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

    If we do anything at all – which is by no means guaranteed – lets try and get some players with PL pedigree – we dont have the luxury of time to bed in players from foreign leagues

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    I imagine Newcastle will be enticing players with money and this “exciting project” we are beavering away on by all accounts. I hope they realise they will need to deliver on this project one day. I’m sure we’ve had and have few who think they were sold a pup when they signed on for a team that was never realistically going to finish top ten as touted.

    Now it’s top eight, just for starters, despite entering the January window in the bottom three. It’s probably not just a big chunk of the fan base that’ll be thinking to themselves, aye reet!

  • Ravostag

    Dec 30, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Why do we go after players who will never sign?

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Utter bollox!

    This is tripe put out by Bullshit Bishop in an attempt to placate the fans.

    There’ll be more insights fed to the media leading to…… Yup, you got it…. ‘We tried our best but couldn’t get them over the line’

    And speaking of rumours

    Our Toon

    You’ll have noticed that Palace are interested in players their manager knows and will add to the team – hence Cabaye et al.

    And just for good measure, these are from the BBC gossip section:

    Palace will attempt to sign either Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 28, or QPR’s Charlie Austin, 26, in the January transfer window.(Sun)?

    Alan Pardew’s side are considering making a bid for 24-year-old QPR defender Steven Caulker, who is currently on loan at Southampton.(Croydon Advertiser)

    Hey ho. Now if you were Remy or Austin and had a choice between a club riding high or a third from bottom disaster club……..

    The only way we’ll get half decent players in is to either pay them and their agents what they want or wait for Ashley redefine his ambition for the Club and put that vision into action.

    I guess that if their are any signings they’ll be loanees or cheap, unproven ‘talents’ from abroad and for the future.

    We might as well go for solid Championship players because sure as hell, that’s where we’re headed.

  • lesh

    Dec 30, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #16


    Why go after players we’ll never sign?

    So Charnley can say he tried but couldn’t……..

    Fill in the missing words.

    Ashley and his crew are a bunch of spivs, con merchants but naive if they think they’ll be able to get away with their lies this time.


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