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Newcastle Miss Out On Top Target – So Which Striker Will Rafa Go After Now?

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 12, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice are going to have no players left! Fulham took two players, plea gone, balotelli soon to be off.

  • swemag

    Jul 12, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #2

    On the whole England thing, I am not English, but no one can blame or say that it is arrogant for the English to be as hopeful as they were. Bloody hell, the tournament was wide open and a chance like this will be some time before it presents itself again. Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Spain out. On top of that Italy and Holland never even qualified. And yes, you would have to be a morron not wanting to be on the side of the draw that England was. If you think Sweden and Colombia are equals to Brazil you obviously have some eyesight problems.
    With the players that England has and the way the executed some games (Sweden) I don’t think it is arrogant to dream of winning it.
    Further, looking at how Croatia scraped through the last two games before the semis England for me was a huge favorite to reach the final and in the final anything can happen.
    Anyway, it’s coming home, just not to England.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 12, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    So we should have £12m sat in the bank, plus let’s be kind and say £30m of the Sky payments (that totals £125m), take off the £4m for Dubs and that’s still £38m sat there….

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 12, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib was saying that there is very little biz going on but West ham are busy (Rafa must be looking enviously at their budget) and I think wolves Fulham and Huddersfield are all buying or not afraid to hit the bank hard. I just hope we will spend 20mill if needs be but Ashley will get palpitations

  • Toondog2

    Jul 12, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Just how do West Ham do it and Fulham for that matter never mind Everton who are linked to go after everyone ?
    Do they just build up debt or what ?
    Can some one enlighten me cos I don’t understand .

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 12, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t get a striker, only one choice then… #BringHimHome #MackemSlayer

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 12, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Somebody mentioned Vida – decent player but another one of the dodgy barnet brigade – hair shaved off at the sides and a pony tail on top.
    Look at bloody Gayle – a bloody bun on the top of his bonce – what’s all that about – what’s going on there? Looks like a tart.

    Kenedy has grey hair now – is that because of worry or did he dye it – men dying their bloody hair – what’s all that about.

    Get them to the barbers for a short back and sides. Mans haircut.

    (Have to thank the missus for helping me out with the coiffeur terminology).

  • richyg01

    Jul 12, 2018 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Top Target according to who?

    I never get this, clubs saying they are after this player and that player, all that is gonna do is inflate the price. I have never believed we were interested in this lad and I would also be a bit saddened if we were so open with the media about which players we are targeting.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 12, 2018 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #9

    Some rumours going around that we want Gini back.

  • Lucasd12

    Jul 12, 2018 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #10

    IMO I wouldn’t mind us getting moussa dembele from Celtic if the price is right he is young and can improve and is a good goal scorer Now would be the time to get him, or go all out for batsyhuai and Just sign player replacements get rid of nitro cause he’s clearly not wanted we have the funds for sure merino we have 10mill mitro we’ll get 20m Colback will go out, then whatever we can spend if Ritchie goes Townsend comes in we only need a top striker a good winger another attacking midfielder and a young defender


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