Mike Ashley agrees to revive talks over £4m move – Deal could be struck ‘this week’ – Report

Last month, it was reported that Mike Ashley had ‘pulled the plug’ a £4m move for Mario Lemina, as he didn’t want to pay a fee for a player turning 28 in September.

This came from The Mail’s Simon Jones, however the same journalist is now claiming that the NUFC owner has had a change of heart.

According to Jones’ latest piece, we are back in talks with the Southampton midfielder after club staff persuaded Ashley that a £4m move for the former Juventus talent is a ‘deal worth breaking protocol for.’

Lemina is in the final year of his contract at Southampton and has attracted a £3.5m bid from OGC Nice, however The Mail claim we are now hoping to reach an agreement with the Saints ‘this week.’

The Gabon international impressed during a loan spell at Fulham last season and comes ‘highly recommended’ from Newcastle United scouts; who are believed to have told Steve Bruce that the midfielder can ‘make a big difference’ to our side heading into the 2021/22 season.

The report states that talks were ongoing as of Wednesday, with the club set to offer Lemina a three year contract at St James’ Park.

Is this a move Mike Ashley has reluctantly sanctioned now a Saudi takeover won’t be happening for at least another six months? Who knows, but he could be a handy signing that could add some much needed dynamism to our one-paced midfield.

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.

3 thoughts on “Mike Ashley agrees to revive talks over £4m move – Deal could be struck ‘this week’ – Report

  1. Are you feeling any better Olly?

    I totally disagree with you on our midfield. They have 2 paces – slow and backwards. I havent paid any attention to Lemina, but we need somebody. Hopefully Willock as he can get into the box.

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  2. Olly – I can’t understand why Saints haven’t given him a chance. I don’t think they are that good that this lad can’t find a place in the first team squad.
    I saw him a few times for Fulham last season and think he’d be a decent addition.

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  3. Regards the query on the Uturn – maybe he’s got a £10m bid for Hayden and this lad is his £4m replacement… sounds more Ashley don’t you think???

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