Newcastle were set to bid for £35m star before COVID-19 halved Bruce’s budget – The Athletic

According to The Athletic, Newcastle United had identified Lille’s Boubakary Soumare as their top summer target – until COVID-19 struck and impacted our plans.

This comes from Chris Waugh, who reveals that the highly-rated Frenchman was our ‘primary midfielder target’ before the club’s financial situation ‘deteriorated’ due to the global pandemic.

It’s believed Bruce’s pre-coronavirus budget was expected to be closer to £70m, meaning any new offer for the man we had a £35m bid accepted for back in January is now off the table – leaving us to sign Jeff Hendrick on a free instead.

Here’s a snippet from The Athletic’s piece:

Boubakary Soumare, of Lille, had been Newcastle’s primary midfield target before the club’s economic situation deteriorated.

After Newcastle had a £35 million bid accepted in January, only for the player to opt against moving mid-season, Soumare’s camp expected another offer this summer.

As the piece states, we had an offer accepted for the 21-year-old accepted earlier this year, but Soumare himself preferred to stay in France for the rest of the season.

With that in mind, he could’ve been a real ‘one to watch’ this summer had things been different, with us clearly willing to pay big money for the French U-21 international.

We may have gone from Saudi spending to more Mike Ashley and £35m bids to free agent signings, but let’s hope we at least bring in some quality additions between now and October 5th!

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2 thoughts on “Newcastle were set to bid for £35m star before COVID-19 halved Bruce’s budget – The Athletic

  1. Why do people keep trotting our this “ our budget has been halved because of Covid” rubbish, pre Covid Ashely was ( at last) selling the club … anyone remember that bit … ??? so did not intend / expect to spend anything … and that , unfortunately is exactly what is going to happen now , Ashley is going to spend nothing … loans and freebies only.

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