We have reported that Newcastle have made an initial offer for Nice striker Alassane Plea which has been turned down.
But Newcastle are now showing some determination and drive in this transfer window and are still in negotiations with Nice to buy the striker.
Hopefully, Rafa Benitez is involved in the potential deal and we hope the manager has already talked with the former Lyon striker and how he will fit in at Newcastle.
25-year-old French U21 striker Alassane Plea
Sky Sports are reporting Newcastle are still in negotiations to get the player to Newcastle this summer.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 3, 2018
And the Magpies are expected to lodge a second bid for the player – imminently.
It’s interesting that Plea missed the first day of training at Nice yesterday under new manager Patrick Vieira, and we don’t know if that’s linked with a Newcastle approach.
This is what Vieira said about that situation yesterday with Mario Balotelli also missing:
“We were supposed to have all the players,” “Unfortunately, those (two) weren’t there.”
“We are trying to get to the bottom of it. We were expecting him (Plea) today but he wasn’t here and it wasn’t foreseen.”
Plea could also cost a pretty penny and if we do sign the Frenchman it will almost certainly break the transfer record at Newcastle.
That’s still around £17M when we signed Michael Owen from Real Madrid back in the summer of 2005 – thirteen long and difficult years ago.
Nice want €30M (about £26.3M) for the player and the Northen Echo are reporting that Newcastle officials are optimistic a deal can be made for the French U21 International.
Rafa wants a striker brought in so he is sure we have some additional striking power before he allows Aleksandar Mitrovic and even Dwight Gayle to leave the club this summer.
It would be great if we can sign at least one new player this week to keep the momentum going.