There were reports late last summer in Turkish Football that we were after Galatasaray winger Garry Rodrigues.
Newcastle were supposed to have bid £6M for him at that time, and then there was news again last month that we raised our bid to £7M, but it was turned down by the Turkish giants.
The Rotterdam-born winger has been playing excellent football since he signed for Galatasaray for €3.7m from Greek club PAOK just over a year ago.
This season he has scored 5 goals and has 7 assists in 26 total appearances for his club.
Rodrigues can play up front as a striker or on the left wing, and Rafa seems to rate him highly.
Garry Rodrigues– 27-year-old winger/striker
And according to Turkish publication Mynet, Newcastle need to double their offer to get the Galatasaray star who was asked if he would be moving to Newcastle this summer.
This is what he said:
“I will not go for less than €15M.”
€15M is £13.3M using today’s exchange rate.
He has been capped 21 times by Cape Verde (4 goals), and Fotomac have also reported on the player’s potential move today:
“Newcastle, the English Premier League team, wanted to sign Garry Rodrigues last month and offered £6M.”
“The black and whites will closely follow the performance of the star and at the end of the season will come back with a new proposal for the player, who is definitely looking to move.”
“It has been suggested that Newcastle will make an offer of £10M this time.”
If Rafa really rates the winger/striker then surely we can afford to buy him?
Maybe not – depending on how mean owner Mike Ashley decides to be this summer.