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Report – Newcastle Miss Out On Plea To Spurs – Haggled Too Long On The Price

We thought Newcastle may be in the lead yesterday to sign striker target Alassane Plea of Nice.

We had bid £20M and that was close to the £26M Nice wanted for their player.

We were also pleased that Borussia Monchengladbach seemed to have withdrawn their interest.

But news today that the German club are back in for Plea and are now favorites to get the deal done – according to a German report.

Have Newcastle taken too long negotiating for Alassane Plea?

The report in Kicker says that indeed the German club withdrew their interest yesterday but had a change of heart.

Here’s a piece from the Kicker report:

“According to our information, the Bundesliga club has agreed terms with the player, the contract contents have been negotiated.”

“The player wants to go to Gladbach and talks between Nice and Borussia have come a long way.

“Both clubs have reached a principled agreement, but contractual arrangements still need to be clarified.”

And the Telegraph are reporting today that Tottenham Hotspur are now the favorites to sign the 25-year-old striker because Newcastle are unwilling to go above £20M and they also haggled too long over the price.

Hang on – my head has started to spin.

Here’s the opening piece and a little more from the Telegraph report:

“Tottenham Hotspur have entered the race to land Nice striker Alassane Plea after Newcastle United failed to move quickly enough to complete the signing as they haggled over the price.”

“His preference was to do so (play in Premier League) under Benitez and that should have made the deal relatively simple to complete.”

“But Newcastle’s obsession with trying to secure a bargain means they now seem likely to miss out on the 25-year-old unless they raise their offer.”

“Something they have so far failed to do, even though it was rejected several days ago.”

So even when Newcastle are close on the price and the player wants to come to Newcastle and play for Rafa we are still trying to save a million pounds here or there and miss out – because we take far too long.

That’s something Rafa mentioned last summer that we have to move faster for our targets and having to go through Ashley all the time slows things down considerably.

If this is all true then we have to think Rafa will be absolutely furious and so he should be.

But we’re not sure all is lost – and maybe we still have a chance to sign the player if we can only move quickly?

This is exactly what happened in January 2015 when we had agreed a deal for £5M with MK Dons for Dele Alli.

We haggled about the agent’s fee and in came Spurs late in that “January” window (2 February 2015)) to sign him.

Question – how much is Ali worth now?

You cannot always do bargains on every single transaction and guys like Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley must understand that – and look at the big picture.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m not convinced he’s that great but I have only done a dennis on it. Rondon will get us 12+ goals and offers power and pace and prem experience at a cheaper price.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    to recap the NUFC transfer policy:

    Incoming: No player will be purchased unless sufficient funds are raised by selling players
    Outgoing: No player will be sold unless a replacement player has already been aquired

    Its pretty clear that unless we we find more free transfers, the squad will be the same for the spurs game.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail for Ashley
    Jul 6, 2018 at 8:01 AM
    Comment #156
    …It was explained to you in detail how half the window wasn’t wasted. If these other prospects who slipped our grasp had of been chased up, how do you know that loan fees wouldn’t have been baulked at and exactly the same thing happened as with Abraham.

    What a selective load of tosh you let out day after day…do you even believe half the crap you write?

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    The point is good or not Rafa wanted him yet again we p1ss fart about nothing will change under Ashley we r a joke of a club

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #5

    we were never in seriously for Plea. it was all just a PR attempt to sell season tickets.


  • RobLeenio

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    lesh “Between the media, Bishop and Ashley, the close season strategy’s been that of say nowt, feed the rumour mill, let the fans speculate while they’re distracted by the world cup.”

    Yep, that could be an interpretation, except for one thing – it would require Rafa’s complicity and there’s no way he would string us along like that intentionally unless under orders. There’s more to the radio silence than you’re suggesting, we just don’t know what that could be yet.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail… to answer one of our other questions about blame of course…we all know regardless of what happens or what criterial are for doing a job you’ll always come up to the same conclusion – which is actually one of the reasons why it’s pointless to discuss anything with you…

    Rafa had to have some idea about where last summers transfer window was heading – if he didn’t he really didn’t do his job well!

    No one likes the way Ashley runs the club but that’s the situation and what Rafa has to deal with.

    Spend the money on what’s really needed. First priority first and then add to that with loan deals.

    Transferwise it has not really planned out for Rafa so far so it’s a great thing he’s a great coach with a good football head on his shoulders.

    And if Joselu wasn’t the main attraction I am sure Slimani was…

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    with all the misinformation out there its extremely hard to tell who we were really in for or not. The only certainty is that we were not, nor will ever be(under the current regime) in for players with valuations over 20M unless there is a change in policy. I think its fair to assume that there has been NOTHING SUBSTANTIAL to suggest that. Time would be better spent focusing on more realistic targets.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Honestly has anyone seen this fella Pléa? Or even followed him prior to this season?

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone seen Plea play please?

  • swemag

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #11

    If they wanted 27 million pounds for a player that has had one decent season in league 1 then I say well done toon for not getting carried away. Then again we never know what information to believe.
    The people that has most to gain from leaks are players and their agents, so whatever is being said in papers and blogs must be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:15 PM
    Comment #4
    The point is good or not Rafa wanted him yet again we p1ss fart about nothing will change under Ashley we r a joke of a club

    Did he want him though? I mean, how do we know? It seems like the media has less clue than us about what’s going on, so they’re just making stuff up and playing follow-my-leader.

  • L Toon

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Reports – Kenedy nearing Toon return?

    The Telegraph report that Newcastle are closing in on resigning Kenedy.

    The Magpies are close to agreeing a deal worth around £20m to sell Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, but Benitez will not sanction the sale unless he has a replacement in place.

    There is some better news for Newcastle supporters, though, as they edge close to signing Brazilian winger Kenedy from Chelsea.

    As revealed by Telegraph Sport, Kenedy’s return after a successful loan spell has been another of Benitez’ priorities this summer and hopes are rising that terms can be agreed with Chelsea.

    As things stand, it seems likely the 22-year-old will return to Newcastle on a season’s loan, with an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of it. That would suit the Magpies, who are trying to make the most of a small budget at St James’ Park.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Getoutofworclub…….Newcastle United Football Club isn’t and never will be a joke of a club, regardless of Ashley being the owner or not. What’s wrong with you man, if that’s how you feel, why do you profess to be a supporter.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Getoutofworclub….have to admit, typing n your blog name out is a bit of a fist full…do you mind it being abbreviated down to “get”.

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #16

    1. Not sure we wanted him at all
    2. If we did want him but he is going to Spurs, it seems he’s happy to sit on the bench at Spurs for most of the season as Kane and Ali are not going to be displaced and Son and Llorente are already there. Maybe he’ll get some Cup games but I am not sure I’d want a striker who is happy not to play as much as possible.

    When the facts of the actual situation come to light, I suspect we’ll see a lot of agent exaggeration to get a better price for their player. We’re a name that is going to be linked with any striker as the world knows we need one.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #17

    i love toon. all the season tickets will sell because we had a good season and have rafa so i dont think putting a fake bid in for a player nobody has heard of with a poor record in ligue one is meant to fool us into buying seats.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    and as for rondon, hes more likely to have the opposite effect. id rather slimani.

  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #19

    I watched Marseilles v Nice early May
    Mainly to see how Thauvin was playing
    to be frank.
    Pléa was quite eye-catching but on the left wing
    Balotelli was the CF and scored early.

    Actually the most eye catching player was West Ham
    runaway Dmitri Payet

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 6, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Cavani out for Uruguay – could hand France the match.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 6, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m pleased England aren’t so reliant on a single player…

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 6, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #22


  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #23


    You’re assuming that Rafa’s being kept in the loop regarding transfers. He’s said himself that he identifies his targets and leaves getting them in to Charnley whose strings are pulled by Ashley, possibly via his henchman, Barnes. If Ashley won’t go beyond a figure, then that’s that although Rafa may well have agreed to a ceiling – we don’t know.

    Ashley does have a reputation, a history of leading managers along does he not?


    Jul 6, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Dont believe they have even bid for a new tea lady, Fatty is that tight


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