It looks like our latest top striker target Alassane Plea will shortly be signing for Borussia Monchengladbach – maybe today.
He is in Germany now undergoing a medical, and it seems he has accepted lower wages than he was offered at Newcastle.
And it appears that Newcastle would not go above the £20M we offered for him when the French club wanted more.
Get French Football News are reporting that Plea will move for €25M (£22M) including bonuses on a five-year deal to the German club.
Alassane Plea will sign for Borussia Monchengladbach
Nice initially wanted €30M for their striker, so Newcastle were just £2M short?
There were reports that Plea wanted to join Newcastle to work with Rafa Benitez.
However, this is what Nice Director Julien Fournier said about the transfer yesterday:
“Monchengladbach was the first choice of the player and we did everything to comply with the player’s wishes.”
“There was no question of getting into a bidding war, given Alassane’s exemplary behavior on and off the pitch.”
So just like last January with top striker target Nicolai Jorgensen, Newcastle refused to go above their valuation of the player.
That seemed the right decision in retrospect with Jorgensen having a poor World Cup for Denmark.
The striker we are now being linked with is West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, and there is still long-term target Danny Ings available for £9M from Liverpool FC.
Rondon would cost around £16.5M via his relegation release clause.
Why don’t we try to get both of them in this summer?
It could also be that Newcastle still don’t break their transfer record of £17M when we brought in Michael Owen from Real Madrid back in the dark ages – also known as 2005.
Another player we have recently been linked with is 28-year-old Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia.
Who we’ll get in now we have no idea, but we’d still like to see two strikers brought in this summer.