L’Équipe claim NUFC have submitted ambitious ‘offer’ for £40m-rated Frenchman

Newcastle have made an ambitious bid for Lille star Boubakary Soumaré, according to L’Equipe.

The French outlet claim the Ligue 1 side have received offers from Newcastle, Tottenham and Wolves for the highly-rated midfielder – however our hopes of signing the 20-year-old seem slim to non-existent.

Not only is it reported that he’ll demand a fee in the region of £40m – with Soumare rated as one of France’s top talent – the player himself has also distanced himself from a move this month.

Here’s what he’s had to say in response to reported interest from the Premier League:

“I don’t see myself leaving.

I feel good here. I’m learning, we have high goals, like the Champions League.

A departure is not on the agenda.”

The Athletic revealed that he was someone we were tracking in a recent piece on Bruce’s search for a ‘box-to-box’ midfielder – although they did admit at the time that a deal was highly unlikely.

Interestingly, it was reported on deadline day (January 2019) that we had a bid ‘rejected’ for Soumare.

With that in mind, it seems we may have long-term interest in the midfielder – not that a deal looks remotely possible 12 months later, with him so sought after and likely to cost £40m plus.

Instead, it seems like ex-Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb will be arriving on loan.

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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.

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