Newcastle have had their first bid for Nice striker Alassane Plea turned down with the Times reporting that bid to be £15M.
The good news is the Times report that Plea seems to be keen to play for Rafa at Newcastle and we have to believe the Newcastle manager has already talked with the former French U21 striker.
Now Newcastle are ready to return with an increased bid for our number one striker target, and it will be above the record we paid out for Michael Owen from Real Madrid of £17M thirteen years go.
£15M bid rejected by Nice for Alassane Plea
But there are also other clubs interested in signing Plea, and it will depend on whether Mike Ashley will back Rafa with big bucks.
A striker is the most important player we have to sign this summer.
Plea has great potential and Rafa has likely seen he can make him into a much better player at Newcastle.
It really helps that Alassane is keen to come to the club and it will be a relief to fans if Newcastle can get him in soon.
Although it could take time for the striker to adapt to the Premier League.
Then Rafa can start thinking about selling Aleksandar Mitrovic – maybe for the price he gets Plea in for?