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Ashley Does U-Turn On Sanctioning £4m Deal For 27-Year-Old – Report



Late last month, it was reported that Mike Ashley had nixed a £4m move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina due to him turning 28 in September.

Newcastle had been monitoring Lemina’s situation for months with Steve Nickson personally scouting him during a match in May. He was on loan with a purchase option at Fulham, who failed to beat the drop ending any chance of making the deal permanent.

The Gabon international is back at Southampton with an uncertain future. He’s entering the final year of the five-year contract he signed in 2017 when he joined from Juventus for a then-record fee for the Saints.


He’s spent the previous two seasons out on loan with no future at St Mary’s. Newcastle made their move last month with talks of a swap deal. However, Southampton only wanted a cash deal which Ashley was unwilling to sanction.

The Mail is reporting that Newcastle have reopened talks for the midfielder with Ashley having been persuaded to soften his stance. Discussions were held on Wednesday over a £4m deal. Newcastle are offering a three-year contract to Lemina.

It could come down to terms as Nice has a standing offer of £3.5m on the table. Newcastle are currently trying to tempt him to Tyneside to bolster Steve Bruce’s midfield options.

On Sunday, Bruce expressed concern about the position saying the following:

“We’re very, very short in the middle of the park at the minute. Very, very short.

“It’s something we need to address.”

Newcastle are still waiting on a decision from Arsenal over a Joe Willock loan move. There have also been reports of talks with Chelsea for Conor Gallagher and Midtjylland over Jens Cajuste, who is rated at between £11-13m.

Bruce revealed there were a few things ‘bubbling away’ in addition to Willock after the York City friendly. This move for Lemina could be one of the targets Bruce was referencing as he seems focused on midfield additions at the moment.

Earlier on Wednesday, Brentford announced their record signing of Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer on a five-year deal. He was reportedly one of Newcastle’s top defensive targets.

Maybe this u-turn by Ashley on Lemina indicates a slight change in transfer plans this summer after the adjournment of the arbitration hearing to early next year. Hopefully, that’s the case and we can get some sorely-needed new faces through the door.


199 comments so far

  • NY Mag

    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #41

    WB,

    Top tune….reminds me of the tower lounge (blackpool)

    Some very good times had there over the years 🙂

    2
  • lochinvar

    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #42

    Not forgetting the greatest moment in football history

    https://youtu.be/A_sY2rjxq6M

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #43

    There has to be questions over his attitude, it doesn’t look like he’s stayed anywhere more than two years. Soton made him their record signing and then loaned him out after a couple of seasons.

    2
  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #44

    Wor B

    Here’s a song about another Disco Dan

    https://youtu.be/d73llXN4cKE

    Hope you realise what you’re getting in to.

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #45

    Nicky,

    I’m not disagreeing with you, but we have to get rid as well….we do have a full squad currently.

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jul 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #46

    Fail on earlier post – was meant to be keeper Jimmie Glass goal to avoid relegation with 96th minute winner

    2
  • magicmac54

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #47

    Lesh

    Thanks for the friendly advice, ill try to remember it when iam having a few pints with you in the bridge bar or the Irish Club, its Munster you need to worry about as he might come out with an awful gowl 😀 😀 😀

    3
  • Wor B

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #48

    What do you call someone who knocks around with musicians?

    The drummer!

    Boom boom. 😀

    Not in this case…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_yQSM9oCZ8&ab_channel=DRUMMERWORLD

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #49

    Jail,

    I wasn’t aware of that…good info

    It’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of it….personally I think he would be a starter for us.

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #50

    Lesh
    All the old stuff I can remember like it was yesterday

    It’s yesterday I can’t remember

    Probably not a good sign LOL

    11
  • magicmac54

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #51

    One for our very own the the irresistible Mr Tuff 😀 😀

    https://youtu.be/7JdEZoffm-Q

    2
  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #52

    Canned Heat couldn’t make it tonight so they sent…….

    https://youtu.be/sYy716zmXcM

    3
  • lochinvar

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #53

    Taking my leave fellas
    Enjoy the Disco Fever

    4
  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #54

    Lochinvar

    I hear you though can’t remember what you said!.

    It’s been the drink, the drugs or maybe even years of waiting for the day we see Ashley out.

    Such is life

    4
  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #55

    Magicmac54

    Mr Tuff doesn’t take too kindly to having the pee taken out of him.

    Be warned, you’re walking on glass.

    2
  • carltoon

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #56

    Bob i need to see the scars.

    1
  • magicmac54

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #57
  • lesh

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #58

    Wor B

    You seem to be getting the hang of it. You’ll be doing the church dance next.

    🙂

    2
  • carltoon

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #59

    NYmag your joke about sewing the foot onto Joelinton, was actually funny 😀

    1
  • magicmac54

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #60

    Lesh

    Nothing to fear Mr Tuff and myself are sound 😀

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #61

    Yeah always need to get a few out each year NY, to reshape, that’s part of it, but we have lost a few off the books already, in Atsu, Saivet and Carroll, and Matty can go out on loan, and also Muto to make space in the group and budget for a bit of quality.

    2
  • carltoon

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #62

    Well some one has work tomorrow, so goodnight lads.

    1
  • Wor B

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #63

    Lesh

    Just larnin’ mate, but making notes as I go.

    😀

    2
  • Wor B

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #64

    carltoon

    Hang aroond for a while, Nicky might tell us another story about his eccentric aunt!

    😆

    1
  • Cathedral on the hill

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #65

    Jail
    Absolutely competing in the blog fantasy league. Just waiting to see what price sancho is and whether it’s worth swapping him for Bruno.

    0
  • Romford mag

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #66

    One more then 😉

    Night all 🙂

    https://youtu.be/BQ3VtEDdM5k

    3
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #67

    Joel, Jesus! Spend forty million on a player, then stick him in a bottom third team, out of position. What’s that all about? He’s a player that can contribute to a top ten side. So are Wilson, St Max, Almiron, Sean Longstaff, Hayden, Shelvey, Fede, Lascelles, Schar, Dummett, Manquillo, Murphy, Dummett, Clark, Lewis, Fraser. Just need two or three more good ones, to realistically finish 9, 10, 11, but more importantly, give us something to get behind.

    0
  • carltoon

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #68

    WorB, don’t forget the tights,

    3
  • magicmac54

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #69

    Ok lads and lassies time to get much needed beauty sleep, i cant wait to see Wor B in his new blue suede golf shoes 😀 😀 Nite Nite everyone, take care.

    3
  • Romford mag

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #70

    Carltoon

    He can’t forget them !
    They’re under his pants 😉

    2
  • Wor B

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #71

    Good night Magic, you’re a class act. 😉

    Rom, that’s a canny find!

    carltoon, 30 denier hold-ups for me every time.

    Did I just say that out loud? 😳

    3
  • NY Mag

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #72

    Hey carltoon,

    I’ll have you know, I’m not as stupid as I look 😀 😀

    I think I missed you anyway….so goodnight and take care

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #73

    Cathedral oth,
    Can you join up to the H2H as well, there’s no extra tinkering involved just your main league team pitted against 19 other bloggers, I’m trying to get 40, I think I’m on around 30 so far.

    0
  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #74

    If it was for 4M then all day long as that’s a bargain and exactly what we need to add to in the middle

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #75

    Anyone struggling for something to watch on Netflix. Somos, Mexican language series based on real events when a cartel takeover a sleepy border town. First episode is slow as it introduces you to the characters but doesn’t half get gripping.

    2
  • NY Mag

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #76

    Nicky,

    Understand what you’re saying….but right now we have lejeune (ok, likely to leave) and muto back.

    That fills the spaces from Atsu and Carroll (saviet was never registered in the squad)

    I also think (could be wrong) that if Matty stays, he would need to be registered also.

    So, we’re basically back to the one in one out scenario

    1
  • NY Mag

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #78

    Mund,

    You’d have to think we’d be all over that for £4m….my guess is, it’s nowhere near that amount.

    Maybe that amount x4 annual installments 🙂

    1
  • NY Mag

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #79

    Mund,

    BTW, you’re gonna have to change your name, my autocorrect simply insists on calling you mind 😀

    2
  • Mund

    Jul 22, 2021 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #80

    If the article is true; the only way they’ve convinced Ashley is if it is at that price.

    Probably nonsense but hopefully not

    2


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