The Chronicle are reporting Newcastle have been told by Nice to pay the full price of €30M for Alassane Plea or risk another club coming in and buying him.
In that case, we suppose another club could come in and buy him – if they think an untried Ligue 1 striker, however much potential he has, is worth €30M – which is about £26.3M.
The Times reported today that Newcastle’s first bid for Plea was £15M and was turned down and the news is that Newcastle will go back with an improved offer soon.
Other clubs interested in Plea include Tottenham, West Ham, Borussia Monchengladbach, Monaco and Wolfsburg.
28-year-old West Brom striker Salomon Rondon
One ploy Newcastle can take is to go back to see if they can get a decent deal with West Brom for their 28-year-old striker Salomon Rondon.
Maybe for £16.5M (the relegation release clause in his contract) plus other fees, Newcastle could still get a better financial deal for Rondon than for Plea.
And yes, it should be a lot less than £26M.
The Chronicle is reporting the player’s agent has again been talking to Newcastle about the Venezuelan striker’s future.
Rondon is not a prolific goalscorer, and in three seasons in the Premier League with the Baggies, he scored 28 goals in 119 appearances.
Rafa sees something in the striker, and Rondon could well do a decent job for us on Tyneside, and he is more than an adequate target center-forward.
But he doesn’t score a lot of goals.
He’s played 60 times for Venezuela with 19 goals,
Rondon could be a good signing for us, but we need another striker brought in too – maybe Danny Ings from Liverpool?
Or Rafa may see Dwight Gayle benefitting from having a big striker up front to knock balls down for him.
We have an inkling that Rafa thinks Dwight can still score goals in the Premier League and he certainly seems to want to keep him at the club for next season.
What should help Newcastle in their search for a striker is the club are willing to pay the fee up front in cash for the right target.
What do you think?