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Ashley’s Early Reluctance Looks To Have Cost Newcastle A Chance At Midfielder



Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina has reportedly arrived in France tonight ahead of a move to Nice. Newcastle had recently reopened talks for the 27-year-old after Mike Ashley refused to sanction a cash deal last month.

RMC Sport journalist Loic Tanzi, who initially reported Newcastle’s interest in Midtjylland’s Jens Cajuste, has tweeted the following which roughly translates to:

Mario Lemina arrived in Nice this evening to commit for three years with OGC Nice in the coming days

Reports varied on how much Southampton wanted for Lemina, who in 2017 was their record signing from Juventus for £15.4m. Nice had been negotiating a deal for the Gabon international for some time.

On Wednesday evening, The Mail broke the news of Newcastle re-entering talks for the midfielder. Simon Jones wrote the following in his report:

Lemina has a good offer from Nice who have bid around £3.5m so Newcastle have had to move swiftly to try and convince him to remain in the Premier League.

It appears that Newcastle did not move swiftly enough to convince Lemina to come to Tyneside. Tutto Mercato journalist Marco Conterio is claiming that Nice will pay just €4m for the midfielder, which equates to around £3.5m.

This has been a very disappointing week for Newcastle fans. Any resolution to the stalled takeover has been delayed until next year. Joe Willock’s return doesn’t look to be imminent which was hinted at in reports last week. Young phenom Bobby Clark could be poached by Liverpool. Now we’ve lost out on a quality midfielder due to Ashley’s restrictive transfer policy.


248 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 23, 2021 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #241

    RH,
    Not really sure if you can blame Bruce for Bobby Clark, the club is ran as a shambles, Bruce has probably not even heard of him.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jul 23, 2021 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #242

    Bit left field(!) and I doubt Rafa would let him go, but if Everton are trying to release some players I would be interested in Alex Iwobi on loan. Whilst he plays on the flanks, now he has matured I think he has the physical attributes for a central midfielder. But with the technique to carry the ball and play intricate passes.

    To a certain extent I believe the Willock transfer is a bit of a distraction, as we already have the likes of Murphy and Fraser that should be able to provide the same goal count. A decent Head Coach would lift the level of all the existing players, but we could do with a good right back, a competent midfielder and a forward equal to Wilson to compete.

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  • Not another deJong

    Jul 23, 2021 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #243

    There is something not quite right about the Academy. But over the past season the enforced covid ‘bubbles’ has had a negative effect on the development on Elliot Anderson. Plus the indecisiveness of Bruce to play the likes of him and Matty etc

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 23, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #244

    Apparently a deal for Kane is being discussed and close to being agreed for a value of £160m which will see Kane earn £400,000 a week.

    This is something I hope get’s looked at and changed in the future too, that is obscene money both for the transfer and wages and has an awful domino effect. Set’s the valuation of future players higher as clubs think they can get that sort of money for their star players, agents and players will ask for more in wages after seeing how much someone like Kane can get. It’s dangerous and getting out of hand, it isn’t sustainable and will just see elite billionaire funded clubs excel and price smaller clubs out of deals as transfer prices and wages increase. If they do a massive review into finance around football then this is something that seriously needs addressing as it’s been getting bad for a while now and is getting into ridiculous territory now.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Jul 23, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #245

    WLtoon

    aye all good here mate hows tricks with you and ya family, aye ashley is to blame as well, he alone has put us in this mess but I am still spitting concrete at the so called so special top 6 and there pals that runs this cartel of corrupt officials, ashley says you only have so much time to buy your season tickets well guess what ashley all my family have not renewed screw you ashley no more bullshit am taking from you

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  • geordie157

    Jul 23, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #246

    So we have offered Bobby Clark a contract then, hopefully he stays.

    On one hand he’ll see the likes of the Longstaffs breaking into the side but on the other he’ll see the likes of Hendrick now hindering their progress.

    As we won’t spend much again this summer, I’d be happy with Willock on loan with obligation to buy plus another couple of loans with one being a striker.

    Get more of the youngsters game time, however it’s it clear M.Longstaff won’t play much then loan him out. Anderson is also a tough one, really want to see him break into the side regularly this season but with him mainly playing no.10 or left, he has the likes of Almiron, ASM, S.Longstaff, Fraser and potentially Willock for competition.

    Ideally, move on Kraft, Hendrick and Gayle, possibly Gillespie or Darlow. We’d need another right back and striker then, although we need a striker anyway. Joelinton needs to stay out left or at a push play in a front 2, so we badly need cover for Wilson. I doubt they’d let him go but Dolberg on loan (doubt we could afford him) would be a decent option.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 23, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #247

    I know it is only a pre season friendly get beat tonight and score no goals in then surely the alarm bells have to start ringing that we need another goalscorer and a overhaul of our midfield before the season starts – first three games are winnable and if we don’t pick up points then we are in a heap of trouble from the start

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  • lesh

    Jul 23, 2021 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #248

    Cleveleysbob

    Sorry to say that energy price rises have been trailed for a few months.

    I’d suggest you sign up to Martin Lewis’s Money Saving Expert site. He’s very much on the ball for all manner of money savers – including energy – and provides regular updates based on your current or future suppliers, and warnings!

    It costs you nowt but could save you a fair bit.

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