NUFC reporter reveals the pathetic truth behind our attempt to sign Alassane Plea – Unbelievable

According to the Chronicle, Newcastle did make a £20m move to sign Alassane Plea, but the club failed to return with any new bid two weeks after it was rejected – allowing Borussia Monchengladbach to sign him for just TWO million more than our original offer.

It’s an unbelievably frustrating approach to what could have been such an important transfer deal, but it’s what we come to expect from Mike Ashley after all.

It makes you seriously doubt whether we actually had any intentions of signing Plea in the first place – especially when the initial ‘bid’ was reported just as the deadline for season ticket renewals was looming.

Maybe we did submit an initial £20m bid, but the fact we didn’t even bother returning with a slightly improved offer says it all when he could have been ours for just a two or three million more. It’s still big money, but it’s peanuts when it comes to an all important striker deal that could be the difference between success and failure next season.

Strikers don’t come cheap and Plea was starting to really prove himself, scoring 21 goals in France last season, so £22m really isn’t that much in this day and age – and it was surely affordable for us given we’re set to receive £20m for Mitrovic soon enough.

Every player has their price, but to hear that we were unwilling to go a penny over £20m doesn’t exactly bode well for Benitez in his desperate search for a proven goalscorer this summer.

You’d have thought we’d learn from previous mistakes after big regrets over Lacazette and Aubameyang – top Ligue 1 strikers we could’ve signed on the cheap before they made it big – but he continues to make the same mistakes.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

8 thoughts on “NUFC reporter reveals the pathetic truth behind our attempt to sign Alassane Plea – Unbelievable

  1. What is wrong with people? Moaned like fuck when we didnt sign Tammy Abraham, moaned when we didnt sign Jorgenson….bottom line is Plea is not a 20m striker and Im glad we didnt up the offer! Some people just want to see millions spent regardless wether its spent on a bag of shite or not. Im no fan of the fat lad but I for one am glad he didnt let Rafa spunk 20 on him or Jorgensen.

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  2. Beresford:
    What is wrong with people? Moaned like fuck when we didnt sign Tammy Abraham, moaned when we didnt sign Jorgenson….bottom line is Plea is not a 20m striker and Im glad we didnt up the offer! Some people just want to see millions spent regardless wether its spent on a bag of shite or not. Im no fan of the fat lad but I for one am glad he didnt let Rafa spunk 20 on him or Jorgensen.

    £22m is the new £12m..

    If we’re not prepared to pay over £20m then we’re really going to struggle to sign a proven scorer this summer.

    Talking of Abraham, I’d like to see us take a look at him on a permanent deal (loan not possible now), but I get the feeling Chelsea would want big money.

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  3. Beresford:
    What is wrong with people? Moaned like fuck when we didnt sign Tammy Abraham, moaned when we didnt sign Jorgenson….bottom line is Plea is not a 20m striker and Im glad we didnt up the offer! Some people just want to see millions spent regardless wether its spent on a bag of shite or not. Im no fan of the fat lad but I for one am glad he didnt let Rafa spunk 20 on him or Jorgensen.

    Have to agree there as both are not the required standard of prem league safety but 20 million won’t buy anyone credible these days…we want 17 million for Richie and 20 plus for mitro. ..it’s the stuff of fat shop keepers dreams unfortunately

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  4. Abrahams is no better than Gayle. He’s done nothing for Chelsea or
    Swansea last season. For me he’s all hype if I’m not wrong but I think Armstrong has a better under 21 record.

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  5. Rondon is a better buy for that kind of money, and knows the league as well, have Gayle/Perez/Armstrong as options alongside him and with Kenedy and Ritchie/Townsend out wide its a considerable improvement on where we were .. just need a decent number 10 then please ..

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  6. And what makes me laugh more than anything is that you lot fall for Ashley’s b011!x EVERY SEASON when yr tickets need renewing…you all deserve all the grief he gives you..and hes not finished yet.
    If this was’nt so sad, Id p!55 myself laughing.

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  7. You nailed it Olly, Ashley’s smoke and mirrors to get the season ticket sales up.
    It’s all about Ashley’s ego now: He has more money than he can vomit up into all the fireplaces in Newcastle – that doesn’t thrill him anymore; He tried running a football club but did so badly he knows he can never go there – that gives him shudders not thrills; but he can be a spoiler and try to ruin everyone else’s fun – stick it up Rafa (“you want Plea, here’s 20M, awww, pity, you needed 22M”), laugh at the fans (“look big signing on the cards, yes sign up for those season tickets here, awww, sorry signing wasn’t available afterall, mwu ha ha ha”).
    You should have nailed this, too, Olly, it’s been the exact same for the last decade plus.

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