According to Sky Sports reporter Kaven Solhekol, sources close to Alessane Plea have confirmed that Newcastle have made a bid ‘worth up to £27m’ for the striker – however the offer has been rejected by Nice.
It’s being reported this morning that we are now in talks to sign the Frenchman who bagged 21 goals last season – suggesting the rejected bid has not deterred us – however it seems very unlike Newcastle United (Mike Ashley) to be throwing around this sort of money.
With our 10-year-old club transfer record of £17m yet to be broken during the Ashley era, you can excuse us for thinking that a striker set to cost over £27m may be out of our reach?
Nevertheless, here’s what the Sky reporter has had to say after news of our initial bid being rejected for the Nice striker:
Newcastle are in talks to sign Nice forward Alassane Pléa.
Source close to player says Nice have rejected Newcastle bid worth up to £27m. West Ham also prepared to pay £27m. Fulham and Spurs also interested. Pléa did not turn up to first day of Nice preseason training yesterday.
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 3, 2018
Either way, it’s good to see us finally picking up the pace in the transfer market and begin to start making concrete offers for players, but I’m not holding my breath on this one.
It’s claimed we’re preparing a second offer, but are we REALLY prepared to pay closer to £30 for this player?
Hopefully it’s not a case of ‘at least we tried’. It feels like we’re showing ambition, but we thought the same when we ‘tried’ to break our club record deal with ‘attempts’ to sign Berahino and Jorgensen in recent years!