Newcastle United are said to have had a £4.5 million bid for Dijon midfielder Benjamin Corgnet turned down.
The 24-year old French central midfielder has been in great goalscoring form this season for Dijon and has been on fringes of the French squad for a while now. However it would appear that Newcastle’s advances are rather unwelcome, at least for now anyway.
“He stays,” Dijon’s manager Patrice Cateron told French radio station RMC.
“We had a direct approach from Newcastle, but Benjamin is in the same boat as us and we want him to continue to grow and to play for a full season in Ligue 1.”
Cateron went on to add that they would be willing to let Corgnet go in the summer;
“At the end of the season, of course we’ll let him go, it will be good for him to find stability at a high level.”
“Newcastle’s offer was very high.”
Now I have to say I don’t much about this player but he does seem the type of player we would go for and if Graham Carr thinks he’s worth a bid, who are we to argue?
Although Dijon’s stance of not selling him seem firm at the minute, they apparently need to raise funds to bring in more players and are thought to be willing to accept a fee closer to £6.5 million.
What are your thoughts?