Player set to reject NUFC offer – despite claims we’re planning to hijack £33m deal this summer

A host of reports have emerged from Spain over the past 24 hours regarding our alleged interest in bringing Phillip Coutinho to St James’ Park this summer.

SPORT – a paper based in Catalonia – claimed last night that we were planning to jump on Aston Villa’s indecision over a £33m permanent deal for the Barcelona loanee, saying we’d even offer the Brazilian a £1m sweetener if he were to join.

How true that report was remains to be seen, however another Spanish outlet are now reporting that the 29-year-old has no interest in joining compatriots Bruno Guimaraes or Joelinton on Tyneside.

Mundo Deportivo insist that Newcastle are ‘not an option‘ for the Brazilian, stating he would rather accept a ‘lower salary‘ elsewhere than commit to a move that  ‘does not attract his attention’.

Aston Villa have an option to turn the former Liverpool star’s loan move into a permanent one this summer, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the player ends up pushing for something bigger – especially if this new project at Newcastle doesn’t interest him.

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!

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