Rafa Benitez has been dealt a blow in a bid to trim his squad as Massaido Haidara and Emmanuel Riviere’s moves back to France appear to ave broken down, with U-23 defender Curtis Good also failing to secure a move to Dutch side PEC Zwolle.
With outgoings on the agenda for Newcastle United, it had looked as if the three would be shipped out over the coming week, in order to free up some much needed space behind the scenes and take some much needed strain off the wage bill – with Newcastle currently having well over 30 senior players on their books.
Massaido Haidara was believed to be in advanced talks to sign for St. Etienne, however news has emerged this afternoon that the deal has broken down, with some suggestions the left-back failed his medical whilst others claim there was a ‘wage disagreement’.
Massadio Haidara & St Étienne talks have broken down. L'Équipe suggests reason is wage disagreement, others indicate he failed a medical.
— Get French Football (@GFFN) July 31, 2017
Metz had then emerged as a potential escape route for Emmanuel Riviere, however it has emerged that the striker has rejected their offer to bring him back to Ligue 1 (with no goal in two seasons, beggars can’t be choosers!).
Emmanuel Riviere has apparently turned down a move to Metz… https://t.co/6k0jwsWVAf
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) July 29, 2017
Finally Curtis Good, who has failed to impress on trial with Dutch side PEC Zwolle and will now be returning to Tyneside according to Lee Ryder. Not a huge concern, but given he’s another player whose career at Newcastle is going nowhere, it would be beneficial for all parties to get him off the books.
Here’s hoping some progress can be made on outgoings in the coming days to allow for some more much needed incomings.